Posts Tagged ‘food’

What’s in YOUR basement?

September 30, 2019

Meier Corroboration #192

September 13, 2019

 

Oct 11, 2015

https://billymeier.wordpress.com/2019/07/02/the-truth-about-neonicotinoids/

Ptaah:
42. Then here’s what I want to say about neonicotinoids:
43. These are mainly used as seed dressings and for foliar and soil treatment, where they correspond to a group of highly effective insecticides, which all correspond to synthetically produced toxic substances and are fatal to all living beings depending on the amount, including humans.

44. The best known three neonicotinoids are called clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam.

…read the full excerpt…

Sept 12, 2019

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-controversial-insecticides-shown-threaten-survival.html

Controversial insecticides shown to threaten survival of wild birds

New research at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) shows how the world’s most widely used insecticides could be partly responsible for a dramatic decline in songbird populations.

A study published in the journal Science on Sept. 13 is the first experiment to track the effects of a neonicotinoid pesticide on birds in the wild.

The study found that white-crowned sparrows who consumed small doses of an insecticide called imidacloprid suffered weight loss and delays to their migration—effects that could severely harm the birds’ chances of surviving and reproducing.

“We saw these effects using doses well within the range of what a bird could realistically consume in the wild—equivalent to eating just a few treated seeds,” said Margaret Eng, a post-doctoral fellow in the USask Toxicology Centre and lead author on the study.

Although the toxic effects of neonicotinoids were once thought to affect only insects, most notably pollinators such as bees, there is growing evidence that birds are routinely exposed to the pesticides with significant negative consequences.

Our study shows that this is bigger than the bees—birds can also be harmed by modern neonicotinoid pesticides which should worry us all,” said Stutchbury.

It can’t BEE worse for Bugs and Insects

July 2, 2019

For almost 30 years they passed as quirky eccentrics, diligently setting up their insect traps in the Rhine countryside to collect tens of millions of bugs and creepy crawlers.

Now the group of German entomology enthusiasts can boast a world-class scientific treasure: evidence of what is described as one of Earth’s worst extinction phases since the dinosaurs vanished.

Insects, which comprise two thirds of all terrestrial species, have been dying off at alarming rates, with disastrous impacts on food chains and habitats, researchers say.

“…the total biomass of flying insects here has plummeted by 76 percent.”

“We only became aware of the seriousness of this decline in 2011, and every year since then we have seen it get worse,” says Sorg, the man who sounded the alarm.

On one side of the road lies a protected nature reserve. On the other, a sugar beet field is being sprayed with pesticides by an agricultural machine.

“You see, protected reserves are not so protected,” says Sorg.

Across the border, Kroon says, “we must realise that here in western Europe our nature is getting smaller, the agriculture fields are very hostile to insects. There is no food, they get poisoned.

“And nature areas are also more and more isolated. Insects can’t move from one place to another, it’s too far away.”

They calculated that over 40 percent of insect species are threatened with extinction, and each year about one percent is added to the list.

This is equivalent, they noted, to “the most massive extinction episode” since the dinosaurs disappeared.

The main drivers appeared to be habitat loss and land conversion to intensive agriculture and urbanisation, followed by pollution, mainly from pesticides and fertilisers, invasive species and climate change.

“The conclusion is clear,” they wrote.

“Unless we change our ways of producing food, insects as a whole will go down the path of extinction in a few decades.”

source: https://phys.org/news/2019-07-insect-apocalypse-german-bug-watchers.html

see also: https://gregdougall.wordpress.com/2018/06/03/through-the-fault-of-humans/

https://gregdougall.wordpress.com/2018/07/24/dear-epa-it-is-our-fault/

Scientists prove what Billy Meier warned about decades ago

October 8, 2018

“Think of the land as a sponge,” Maranger said. “After a while, sponges that absorb too much water will leak. In the case of phosphorus, the landscape absorbs it year after year after year, and after a while, its retention capacity is reduced. At that point historical phosphorus inputs contribute more to what reaches our water.”

Until now, no-one had been able to put a number to the amount of accumulated phosphorus at the watershed scale that’s needed to reach a tipping point in terms of accelerating the amount of the mineral flowing into the aquatic ecosystem.

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‘Really important contribution’

“This is a very important finding,” Bennett said. “It takes our farm-scale knowledge of fertilizers and pollution and scales it up to understand how whole watersheds respond within a historical context.”

Agriculture on a mass scale began in Quebec only in the 1950s, but some of the province’s more historical agricultural watersheds had already passed the tipping point by the 1920s, the study found.

Even if phosphorus inputs ceased immediately, eliminating the accumulated phosphorus in saturated Quebec watersheds would take between 100 and 2,000 years, the researchers estimate.

In some countries, including China, Canada, and the US, phosphorus is so heavily used now that the saturation point is reached in as little as five years.
Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-10-yesterday-agriculture-today-pollution.html#jCp

Read Meier’s warnings about fertilizer runoff here:

https://billymeier.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/destruction-of-the-environment-as-the-consequence-of-overpopulation.pdf

See also:

https://gregdougall.wordpress.com/2018/06/19/small-farm-chemicals/

https://gregdougall.wordpress.com/2018/04/10/watch-the-water/

“Watch the water”

https://gregdougall.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/damn-dams-risk-fish-extinction-in-u-s/

https://gregdougall.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/90-percent-of-the-worlds-fisheries-facing-collapse/

https://gregdougall.wordpress.com/2018/01/13/salmon-and-orcas-sick-of-man-made-pesticides/

https://gregdougall.wordpress.com/2018/01/05/areas-of-no-oxygen-in-ocean-waters/

https://gregdougall.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/most-remote-island-in-the-world-is-also-the-most-polluted-with-17-tons-of-plastic/

 

 

 

FDA afraid to release report on all the foods with cancer causing glyphosate

April 30, 2018

6.12.19 UPDATE: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/glyphosate-breakfast-cereal-still-contains-roundup-ingredient-study-finds/

The FDA has been testing food samples for traces of glyphosate for two years, but the agency has not yet released any official results

source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/apr/30/fda-weedkiller-glyphosate-in-food-internal-emails

US government scientists have detected a weedkiller linked to cancer in an array of commonly consumed foods, emails obtained through a freedom of information request show.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been testing food samples for residues of glyphosate, the active ingredient in hundreds of widely used herbicide products, for two years, but has not yet released any official results.

But the internal documents obtained by the Guardian show the FDA has had trouble finding any food that does not carry traces of the pesticide.

The fact that the agency only recently started testing for glyphosate, a chemical that has been used for over 40 years in food production, has led to criticism from consumer groups and the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

See this article that explains the negative health effects of glyphosate: https://billymeier.wordpress.com/2017/08/21/the-truth-about-glyphosate/

Food Domes or Smaller Families?

December 16, 2017

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see also   https://gregdougall.wordpress.com/2017/11/03/prince-william-overpopulation-the-biggest-challenge/

 

 

GMO linked to gluten disorders plaguing 18 million Americans – report

November 27, 2013

                                                     Published time: November 26, 2013
AFP Photo / Khaled DesoukiAFP Photo / Khaled Desouki

Genetically modified foods such as soy and corn may be responsible for a number of gluten-related maladies including intestinal disorders now plaguing 18 million Americans, according to a new report released on Tuesday.

The report was released by the Institute for  Responsible Technology (IRT), and cites authoritative data from  the US Department of Agriculture, US Environmental Protection  Agency records, medical journal reviews as well as   international research.

“Gluten sensitivity can range in severity from mild  discomfort, such as gas and bloating, to celiac disease, a  serious autoimmune condition that can, if undiagnosed, result in  a 4-fold increase in death,” said  Jeffrey M. Smith,  executive director of IRT in a statement released on their  website.

Smith cited how a “possible environmental trigger may be the  introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to the  American food supply, which occurred in the mid-1990s,”   describing the nine GM crops currently on the market.

In soy, corn, cotton (oil), canola (oil), sugar from sugar beets,  zucchini, yellow squash, Hawaiian papaya, and alfalfa,    “Bt-toxin, glyphosate, and other components of GMOs, are  linked to five conditions that may either initiate or exacerbate  gluten-related disorders,” according to Smith.

It’s the BT-toxin in genetically modified foods which kills  insects by “puncturing holes in their cells.” The toxin is  present in ‘every kernel’ of Bt-corn and survives human  digestion, with a 2012 study confirming that it punctures holes  in human cells as well.

The GMO-related damage was linked to five different areas:  Intestinal permeability, imbalanced gut bacteria, immune  activation and allergic response, impaired digestion, and damage  to the intestinal wall.

The IRT release also indicated that glyphosate, a weed killer  sold under the brand name ‘Roundup’ was also found to have a  negative effect on intestinal bacteria. GMO crops contain high  levels of the toxin at harvest.

“Even with minimal exposure, glyphosate can significantly  reduce the population of beneficial gut bacteria and promote the  overgrowth of harmful strains,” the report found.

Dr. Tom O’Bryan, internationally recognized expert on gluten  sensitivity and Celiac Disease, says that “the  introduction of GMOs is highly suspect as a candidate to explain  the rapid rise in gluten-related disorders over the last 17  years.”  

Internist, Emily Linder, offered some backup for the report’s  findings. She removed GMO from her patients’ diets, finding that  recovery from intestinal diseases was faster and more complete.

“I believe that GMOs in our diet contribute to the rise in  gluten-sensitivity in the US population,” Linder said in the  release.

 

source: http://rt.com/usa/gmo-gluten-sensitivity-trigger-343/

US food corporations fueling obesity epidemic with addictive ingredients

October 28, 2013

source: rt.com

By 2030, more than half of Americans could be obese, taxing the nation’s health while costing the country $500 billion in lost economic productivity. The food industry, however, is doing its best to keep the public hooked – no matter what the price.

With one out of three adults clinically obese and 40 percent of  children officially overweight, the US is the fattest country in  the developed world. The burgeoning public health crisis will see  instances of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer skyrocket  over the next two decades, taking an already strained healthcare  system to breaking point.
But with food manufacturers keen on keeping customers loyal while  maximizing their profits, public health concerns are likely to be  dwarfed by the bottom line.

“What these food scientists have done is that they’ve gone to a  lab and they’ve created these chemical concoctions that are very  sweet, very fatty and very salty. And they call that the bliss  point. Meaning they’ve created addictive foods that are going to  get consumers hooked and they’re going to keep wanting to come  back for more and more foods,” Elizabeth Kucinich, of  Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine, told RT.           And while critics might also point toward issues of self-control,  the foods which are least healthy are also the cheapest, although  this reality is more a failure of government policy than an  inevitability.
In 1980, no one had even heard of high-fructose corn syrup. But  agricultural subsidies highly distorted market prices, bringing  about the rise of cheap corn, which is a staple of highly  processed foods like soft drinks and much of what one finds on  the supermarket shelves.
Between 1985 and 2010, the price of beverages sweetened with  high-fructose corn syrup fell 24 percent in real terms, with  American children consuming on average an extra 130 calories  daily from soft drinks.

If that wasn’t bad enough, a 2010 Princeton University study  found that rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained  substantially more weight than those with access to table sugar,  even if their overall caloric intake was equal.
However, a plan by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to limit  soda drinking cups to 16 ounces, for example, was met with  derision, even when the public health benefits of such a ban were  obvious.
And it’s not just corn. Casein, a milk protein commonly used in  processed foods, also has addictive qualities that lead to  overeating.
“Milk protein… casein, when it breaks down in our digestive  system, turns into casomorphin, [which] is relative to morphine –   the drug,” Kenneth Kendrick, a whistleblower and food safety  advocate, told RT. “It gives us a little stimulation in our  brain and gives us a little bit of pleasure.”
Kendrik said the reason why food in the US is both addictive and  laden with fat, sugar and salt is simple.
“In one word, I would say: greed. We obviously are putting  money above public health,” he said. “Just like with cigarettes,  we want to keep people addicted. I equate it to what the  cigarette industry did. They deliberately wanted to put things in  that were addictive because that drives sales and will continue  to drive generations of sales.”
But as savvy and unrestrained marketing campaigns allow  corporations full rein to market their products to the US public,  the defeat of California’s Proposition 37, which would have  required the labeling of all food products containing genetically  modified organisms, proves that they want full control over the  narrative about what US consumers are putting into their bodies.
“While European countries require genetically modified foods  to be labelled, in the US the biotech industry and corporations  like Pepsi Co. and Coca Cola spent millions last year to defeat  the California ballot initiative for GMO genetically modified  organism labeling,” Kucinich said.

It is this perfect storm of labeling control, addictive food  additives and shockingly effective marketing that has America on  course for an epidemic of monumental proportions.


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