NASA Warns California Drought Could Threaten U.S. Food Supply: ‘There will be some definite changes’

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has sounded a stark warning over California’s sustained drought, publishing its latest findings where satellite surveys show a rapidly depleting groundwater supply.
And with California as the United States’ most valuable agricultural state, and thus key to America’s food supply (and much of the world’s as well) that could mean drastic consequences for food commodity prices and potential shortages.
The Nature Climate Change journal carried the report, which Think Progresssummarized:
A new Nature Climate Change piece, ‘The global groundwater crisis,’ by James Famiglietti, a leading hydrologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, warns that ‘most of the major aquifers in the world’s arid and semi-arid zones, that is, in the dry parts of the world that rely most heavily on groundwater, are experiencing rapid rates of groundwater depletion.’
The groundwater at some of the world’s largest aquifers – in the U. S. High Plains, California’s Central Valley, China, India, and elsewhere – is being pumped out ‘at far greater rates than it can be naturally replenished.’
The most worrisome fact: ‘nearly all of these underlie the word’s great agricultural regions and are primarily responsible for their high productivity.’

This post was published at shtfplan on November 4th, 2014.

Major HFCS manufacturer bans Syngenta’s GMO corn

A major U. S. manufacturer of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has announced that it will not purchase a new strain of genetically modified (GM) corn from biotech company Syngenta.
The company, Illinois-based Ingredion Inc., did not state its reasons for rejecting GM corn of the Agrisure Duracade variety, but numerous other global commodity traders have already rejected that corn and another Syngenta variety because it is not approved for import in China or the European Union.
In 2009, Syngenta began selling seeds for a GM corn variety known as Agrisure Viptera, engineered for resistance to various pests including black cutworm, corn borers and corn rootworm. In 2014, the company released a second-generation series of the same corn, known as Agrisure Duracade. Together, Viptera and Duracade (known as MIR162 varieties) comprise 41 of the 52 new corn hybrids due to be released by Syngenta this year.
But farmers have been slow to adopt MIR162 varieties, such that these GM crops comprise only 3 percent of total U. S. corn acreage. A major factor behind farmers’ reluctance has been the difficulty in finding buyers for their crop — a difficulty driven by China’s refusal to import the corn.

This post was published at Natural News on Monday, November 03, 2014.

Monsanto and Dow raise $8 million to strip away Hawaiian locals’ right to ban destructive GMO farming

A pair of agri-giants has raised millions of dollars in a bid to prevent Hawaiian farmers and residents from eliminating the growth of genetically modified crops in the state.
According to a local news website, Honolulu Civil Beat (HCB), Monsanto and Dow — two of the world’s largest biotech and agricultural conglomerates, have amassed an $8 million war chest to beat back a Maui County voter initiative that would ban temporarily all GMO farming, according to documents filed with the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission.
Meanwhile, the website reported, proponents of the measure have spent less than $83,000; Monsanto alone has spent in excess of $5 million.
Both corporations have spent millions to defeat similar GMO bans across the country, but the website said such spending is extremely uncommon in Hawaiian politics. In fact, the amount spent thus far is a record.
“This is historic,” Tony Baldomero, associate director of the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission, told HCB. “This is the highest (amount raised) that I have ever seen since I have been here, by any candidate committee, ballot issue committee, non-candidate committee, even super PAC.”

This post was published at Natural News on Sunday, November 02, 2014.

Environmentally conscious investment firm warns against investing in GMO companies

An Oregon-based investment firm concerned about the world’s “ecological crisis” will not be investing in genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as they are considered a bad “financial risk,” according to a detailed report [PDF] released by the firm in September.
Portfolio 21 Investments “has been a pioneer in the field of social and environmental investing since 1982,” according to their website, and aims to invest in companies that address ecological issues.
The firm considers environmental sustainability as both a “fundamental human challenge and a tremendous business opportunity,” objectives which they say the biotech industry couldn’t care less about.
“As we got into our background research, we read of an industry that bullied its critics, overwhelmed government regulators and used the global agricultural and food systems as a source of profits at the expense of many participants,” the company’s president, John Steur, said to its subscribers.
“It was disappointing, disturbing and even a little hard to believe”
The thoroughly researched report details how environmental, social and governance/regulatory risks contribute to a bad reputation for the GMO industry, as well as present an awful financial risk for investors.

This post was published at Natural News on Saturday, November 01, 2014.

Cold Climate Disaster Coming Our Way

This is a serious warning: An early build-up of snow in the northern hemisphere suggests that governmental units, charities and families should be prepared for the possibility of extended periods of colder and/or snowier weather relative to average this winter. This would especially be a factor in the mid-South where they are not used to getting much snow in the winter. Budgets are going to be busted with snow removal. Many families will struggle with increased heating bills.
We continue to have a huge build-up of snow in the northern areas of the Northern Hemisphere. From Canada across Siberia to northern Europe, snow has come significantly earlier than average. There is a strong correlation between early snow cover in eastern Asia and cold/snowy winters in the eastern U. S. Air that sits over all that snow is going to be cold and getting colder as the sun continues to retreat to the south until we reach the Winter Solstice on Dec. 21.
In Great Brittan heavy and persistent snow, freezing gales and sub-zero temperatures threaten to grind the country to a standstill for up to FIVE MONTHS, horrified long-range weather forecasters have warned. The impending bout of extreme weather will come as a shock and forecasters have warned Britons should not to be lulled into a false sense of security by the recent mild conditions. January is currently showing signs of temperatures hitting ‘record-breaking’ lows meaning parts of the country could see the mercury plunge to -27C (-17F).
The greatest human disaster of the last thousand years is upon us and governments are asleep at the helm. A train is barreling down the tracks headed right for the peoples of earth yet there are those who lie and say the train is moving away. As they cry about the heat, it is getting colder at a dangerous rate. The planet is losing heat even though things are heating up with volcanoes and earthquake activity.
Global cooling is hard reality, it is no one’s fantasy. It is not a computer model that creates mental fabrications and estimates of reality without touching on reality itself. Global cooling means cold and lots of it. That means lots more energy to keep warm if you live outside the tropics.


This post was published at The Burning Platform on 31st October 2014.

The Ebola Story Doesn’t Smell Right – Paul Craig Roberts

The federal government has announced that thousands of additional US soldiers are being sent to Liberia. General Gary Volesky said the troops would ‘stamp out’ ebola. The official story is that combat troops are being sent to build treatment structures for those infected with ebola.
Why combat troops? Why not send a construction outfit such as an engineer battalion if it has to be military? Why not do what the government usually does and contract with a construction company to build the treatment units? ‘Additional thousands of troops’ results in a very large inexperienced construction crew for 17 treatment units. It doesn’t make sense.
Stories that don’t make sense and that are not explained naturally arouse suspicions, such as: Are US soldiers being used to test ebola vaccines and cures, or more darkly are they being used to bring more ebola back to the US?
I understand why people ask these questions. The fact that they will receive no investigative answer will deepen suspicions.
Uninformed and gullible Americans will respond: ‘The US government would never use its own soldiers and its own citizens as guinea pigs.’ Before making a fool of yourself, take a moment to recall the many experiments the US government has conducted on American soldiers and citizens. For example, search online for ‘unethical human experimentation in the United States’ or ‘human radiation experiments,’ and you will find that federal agencies such as the Department of Defense and Atomic Energy Commission have: exposed US soldiers and prisoners to high levels of radiation; irradiated the testicles of males and tested for birth defects (high rate resulted); irradiated the heads of children; fed radioactive material to mentally disabled children.

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on October 29, 2014.

NGO ENVISAGES GLOBAL ONE CHILD POLICY, PANDEMICS TO SOLVE OVERPOPULATION

The National Academy of Sciences has published a shocking report which envisages a Chinese-style global one child policy as the only means of reversing climate change and reducing global population to a ‘sustainable’ number of 1-2 billion people.
The white paper, authored by the University of Adelaide’s Corey Bradshaw and Barry Brook, even entertains the impact of world wars and global pandemics that wipe out 6 billion people as potential methods of combating the threat posed to the environment by overpopulation.
Crucially, the paper is edited by Stanford University’s Paul R. Ehrlich, a perennial advocate of population reduction whose dire proclamations about environmental catastrophes as a result of overpopulation have been proven wildly inaccurate time and time again.
In his 1968 book The Population Bomb, Ehrlich infamously predicted that, ‘In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death,’ as a result of overpopulation, just one of many ludicrous forecasts that Ehrlich has got spectacularly wrong on a routine basis.
Ehrlich has also expressed his support for mandatory population control, arguing that such methods must be imposed ‘by compulsion if voluntary methods fail,’ while the biologist co-authored Ecoscience with White House Science Czar John P. Holdren, the textbook that advocates putting drugs in the water supply to sterilize people, mandatory forced abortions, and a tyrannical eco-fascist dictatorship run by a ‘planetary regime.’
Given that connection, it’s unsurprising that the white paper struggles to disguise its advocacy for draconian methods of population reduction in the name of saving mother Earth.
The report presents a selection of scenarios to achieve ‘reductions in human fertility’ in order to prevent ‘climate change,’ threats to biodiversity and to help ‘plan for a healthy future society.’

This post was published at Info Wars by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON | OCTOBER 28, 2014.

Feds Move to Make ‘Climate Change’ Solutions Part of Organic Food Production

U. S. D. A. to Start Program to Support Local and Organic Farming … The organic food business in the United States reached $35 billion last year. The United States Department of Agriculture … will spend $52 million to support local and regional food systems like farmers’ markets and food hubs and to spur research on organic farming. The local food movement has been one of the fastest growing segments of the business, as consumers seek to know more about where, how and by whom their food is grown. – New York Times
Dominant Social Theme: Getting the federal government involved in the details of small-farm food distribution is a big step forward.
Free-Market Analysis: We’ve been following the “organic promotion” meme and this article from the New York Times posted at the end of September further buttresses the transition of natural food from a private initiative to a public one.
We haven’t labeled this the “organic meme” because we believe there are plenty of farmers and producers in the US and the West generally that are dedicated to natural and whole foods while rejecting pro forma USDA labeling guidelines. We’ll stick with “organic promotion.”
What we can see from this Times article, however, is that in the US anyway, fedgov continues to make inroads at every level of the local foods movement.
What is unfortunate is that once funding has been applied, the USDA and FDA are in a good position to further redefine the “organic” movement in ways that will make it more controllable and more appealing to entrenched agricultural interests.

This post was published at The Daily Bell on October 28, 2014.

Coca-Cola, Pepsi give $1 million each to oppose GMO labeling

The fight for the Right to Know what’s in our food continues as both Colorado and Oregon launch campaigns promoting the mandatory GMO-labeling initiative that voters will see on the November 4 ballot.
If passed, Colorado’s Proposition 105 would mandate labeling of genetically modified (GM) ingredients on products sold beginning July 1, 2016, reports the Coloradoan. Oregon’s proposed Measure 92 would require similar mandates including any food products containing GMOs be clearly labeled.
As with California’s 2012 Prop 37, the biotech industry has made its ominous presence known by dumping millions toward fighting Right to Know campaigns in both Colorado and Oregon.
Biotech industry spending more to fight GMO labeling than it would cost to actually label products
Gratefully, The Cornucopia Institute, an organic watchdog group, has kept a close eye on which companies are donating to fight GMO food labeling votes, with some of the latest assistance totaling nearly $3 million.

This post was published at Natural News on Sunday, October 26, 2014.

California – A Food Powerhouse In Peril

Submitted by Erico Tavares of Sinclair & Co.
California – A Food Powerhouse In Peril
Now in its third year, the drought in California has forced local farmers to switch their water use from rivers and reservoirs, which are at historic low levels, to underground sources. This has mitigated substantial production losses, but given that underground reservoirs take a long time to replenish, if the drought continues the food situation in California might get much more dicey.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/25/2014.

“It’s Very Extreme” – Drought & Drug Cartels Drain California’s Aquifers At Record Rate

“If there’s no water for people to live, and you don’t have the basic necessities of life, your population is going to leave,” warns the emergency services manager of one California town, warning that as the drought continues (and is not set to ease anytime soon), “you could see the economy of this area just decimated.” But as farmers face the catastrophe with “water levels dropping at an incredibly rapid rate in some places – like 100 ft a year – 10 times expected,” there is another drain on the dry state’s water sources. As The FT reports, “Marijuana cultivation is the biggest drought-related crime we’re facing right now,” with up to 80 million gallons of water per day stolen by heavily armed marijuana cartels.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/23/2014.

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT FUNDS PLAY CALLED ‘KILL CLIMATE DENIERS’

Theater production depicts armed siege on Aussie Parliament
The day after a gunman attacked the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa, the Australian government is facing increasing criticism over its funding of a theater production entitled ‘Kill Climate Deniers’ which depicts an armed siege on the Australian Parliament carried out by eco-terrorists.
Authors of the production are set to receive a $19,000 government grant, via the ACT Arts Fund, to stage the play.
While the production company initially revealed that the plot centered around environmentalists breaking into a ‘major institution,’ and demanding, ‘immediate cessation of all carbon emissions and the immediate transformation of the Australian economy away from any reliance on fossil fuels,’ it later emerged that the storyline depicted ‘an armed siege of the Australian Parliament by a group of eco-terrorists.’
Commentator Andrew Bolt labeled the government’s funding of the play an ‘outrage,’ asserting the production exemplified how, ‘The left is the natural home of the modern totalitarian – and of all those who feel entitled by their superior morality to act as savages.’
The production’s authors denied that they were advocating violence in pursuit of drawing attention to claims of man-made climate change, although some of the material on the Aspen Island Theater Company’s website (now removed) seemed to suggest otherwise.

This post was published at Info Wars by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON | OCTOBER 23, 2014.

GMO Purveyors Monsanto & Co. Open New Fronts in Food War

At stake is not only the nature and quality of food we and successive generations get to consume, but who gets to control it.
By Don Quijones, freelance writer, translator in Barcelona, Spain. Editor at WOLF STREET. Mexico is his country-in-law. Raging Bull-Shit is his modest attempt to scrub away the lathers of soft soap peddled by political and business leaders and their loyal mainstream media. This article is a Wolf Street exclusive.
Monsanto, the 113-year old St. Louis-based company that long perfected the art of befriending and subverting governments, academia and national regulators worldwide, has found itself in the rather unusual position of being on the back foot. In markets around the world – in particular in the West – the company is waging what appears, for now at least, to be a losing battle against a growing, globally coordinated movement of farmers, consumers and environmentalists.
That’s not to say that the battle is won – not by a long shot! Rather, that there is at least a little cause for quiet optimism.
The Good News
In Latin America, currently the epicenter of the GMO movement, accounting for anywhere between 60 and 70 percent of total global GMO production, Monsanto facesan unprecedented backlash. In Mexico a federal judge by the name of Marroqun Zaleta has suspended the granting of licenses for GMO field trials sought by Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow, Pionner-Dupont and Mexico’s Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources [read… Mexican Judge Departs From Script, Turns Monsanto’s Mexican Dream Into Legal Nightmare].

This post was published at Wolf Street by Don Quijones ‘ October 19, 2014.

As Global Anti-GMO Protest Grows, Monsanto & Co. Make a Quiet Killing in Africa

At stake is not only the nature and quality of food that we and successive generations get to consume, but who gets to control it.
Monsanto, the 113-year old St. Louis-based company that long perfected the art of befriending and subverting governments, academia and national regulators worldwide, has found itself in the rather unusual position of being on the back foot. In markets around the world – in particular in the West – the company is waging what appears, for now at least, to be a losing battle against a growing, globally coordinated movement of farmers, consumers and environmentalists.
That’s not to say that the battle is won – not by a long shot! Rather, that there is at least a little cause for quiet optimism.
The Good News
In Latin America, currently the epicenter of the GMO movement, accounting for anywhere between 60 and 70 percent of total global GMO production, Monsanto faces an unprecedented backlash. In Mexico a federal judge by the name of Marroqun Zaleta has suspended the granting of licenses for GMO field trials sought by Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow, Pionner-Dupont and Mexico’s Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources [read… Mexican Judge Departs From Script, Turns Monsanto’s Mexican Dream Into Legal Nightmare].
At the Southern tip of the continent, in Argentina, one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of GMO seeds, a relentless campaign by anti-GMO activists recently put paid, at least temporarily, to Monsanto’s plans to build the world’s biggest GM plant in the central state of Cordoba. Likewise, the governments of countries such as Colombia and Chile have bowed to public pressure and withdrawn – again, temporarily – their so-called ‘Monsanto Laws’, which seek to force farmers to exclusively use certified seeds (i.e. seeds patented by the world’s largest agribusiness companies), in the process outlawing as ‘bio-piracy’ the millennia-old practice of seed swapping.

This post was published at Wolf Street on October 19, 2014.

60% Of California Will Remain In Drought Through Winter, NOAA Warns

Just wehn you thought it was safe to shower again, NOAA issues their US seasonal drought outlook and crushes dreams of wetter winter helping Californians. Hopes for heavy rain from El Nino will not be enough to change the drought situation for 60% of Californians, as MotherJones reports, NOAA forecasters warn, “While we’re predicting at least a 2 in 3 chance that winter precipitation will be near or above normal throughout the state, with such widespread, extreme deficits, recovery will be slow.”
60% of California will remain in drought over the winter…

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/17/2014.

Less than 60 days remaining before dozens of California communities run out of water

Chronic drought conditions throughout the West continue to wreak havoc on the general public, as well as farming operations, but in California, things are about to get much worse.
Some regions of the state are now within two months of completely running out of water, according to CBS San Francisco, which reported that communities in central and northern California could see their water supplies completely vanquished in less than 60 days.
“The areas in jeopardy include Colusa and El Dorado County. These are relatively small communities and they rely on one source of water,” the news site reported, adding, “Butte County north of Sacramento is getting hit hard.”
The water supply at the Big Bend Mobile Home Park near Oroville, which is home to some 30 families, has gotten so low that it is now turned off between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.
“Hard when you have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night,” resident Michelle Payne told the local news site. “I guess we’re not flushing.”
A single well supplies her entire community, and while there are other wells on the property, they have all gone dry.

This post was published at Natural News on Saturday, October 11, 2014.

Ebola And The Five Stages Of Collapse

Submitted by Dmitry Orlov via ClubOrlov blog,
At the moment, the Ebola virus is ravaging three countries – Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone – where it is doubling every few weeks, but singular cases and clusters of them are cropping up in dense population centers across the world. An entirely separate Ebola outbreak in the Congo appears to be contained, but illustrates an important point: even if the current outbreak (to which some are already referring as a pandemic) is brought under control, continuing deforestation and natural habitat destruction in the areas where the fruit bats that carry the virus live make future outbreaks quite likely.
Ebola’s mortality rate can be as high as 70%, but seems closer to 50% for the current major outbreak. This is significantly worse than the Bubonic plague, which killed off a third of Europe’s population. Previous Ebola outbreaks occurred in rural, isolated locales, where they quickly burned themselves out by infecting everyone within a certain radius, then running out of new victims. But the current outbreak has spread to large population centers with highly mobile populations, and the chances of such a spontaneous end to this outbreak seem to be pretty much nil.
Ebola has an incubation period of some three weeks during which patients remain asymptomatic and, specialists assure us, noninfectious. However, it is known that some patients remain asymptomatic throughout, in spite of having a strong inflammatory response, and can infect others. Nevertheless, we are told that those who do not present symptoms of Ebola – such as high fever, nausea, fatigue, bloody stool, bloody vomit, nose bleeds and other signs of hemorrhage – cannot infect others. We are also told that Ebola can only be spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected individual, but it is known that among pigs and monkeys Ebola can be spread through the air, and the possibility of catching it via a cough, a sneeze, a handrail or a toilet seat is impossible to discount entirely. It is notable that many of the medical staff who became infected did so in spite of wearing protective gear – face masks, gloves, goggles and body suits. In short, nothing will guarantee your survival short of donning a space suit or relocating to a space station.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/11/2014.

China’s Own “Ebola” Claims Another 1826 Cases

While Ebola is getting all the headlines, China is dealing with “the worst outbreak in decades” of Dengue Fever. As ITAR-TASS reports, the outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease in China has killed six people and infected more than 27,200 according to Chinese health officials. Just today, the epidemic has infected 1,826 more people in the Guangdong Province alone. But it’s not just China, last month Malaysia reported that dengue fever deaths had more than tripled in 2014, while Japan recently saw its first outbreak in 70 years with many contracting the illness at Tokyo’s popular Yoyogi Park.
As ITAR-TASS reports,
An outbreak of mosquito-borne dengue fever in China has killed six people and infected more than 27,200, a Chinese health authority spokeswoman said on Thursday. Song Shuli, spokeswoman of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, said that this year witnessed an apparent increase of dengue cases with most of them found in China’s southern regions, including Guangdong, Fujian, Yunnan and Guangxi.
Unusually high temperatures and humid weather have contributed to a mosquito population in South China five times as high as normal, fuelling the outbreak, health officials said.
Spread by mosquitoes, the disease thrives in tropical mega cities thanks to rapid urbanization and population movement. Climate change is also a factor, giving rise to longer periods that infected mosquitos can survive.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/10/2014.