Scientists Say ‘No Consensus on GMO Food Safety’
By Kaye Spector
An international group of more than 90 scientists, academics and physicians released a statementtoday saying there is no scientific consensus on the safety of genetically modified (GM) foods and crops.
The statement was issued in response to recent claims from the GM industry and some scientists, journalists and commentators that there is a “scientific consensus” that genetically modified organisms (GMO) were generally found safe for human and animal consumption. The statement calls these claims misleading and says, “This claimed consensus on GMO safety does not exist.”
Moreover, the claim encourages a climate of complacency that could lead to a lack of regulatory and scientific rigor and appropriate caution, the group said, potentially endangering the health of humans, animals and the environment.
Gulf Ecosystem in Crisis Three Years After BP Spill
Monday, 21 October 2013 09:29 By Dahr Jamail, Aljazeera English
New Orleans – Hundreds of kilograms of oily debris on beaches, declining seafood catches, and other troubling signs point towards an ecosystem in crisis in the wake of BP’s 2010 oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
“It’s disturbing what we’re seeing,” Louisiana Oyster Task Force member Brad Robin told Al Jazeera. “We don’t have any more baby crabs, which is a bad sign. We’re seeing things we’ve never seen before.”
Robin, a commercial oyster fisherman who is also a member of the Louisiana Government Advisory Board, said that of the sea ground where he has harvested oysters in the past, only 30 percent of it is productive now.
“We’re seeing crabs with holes in their shells, other seafood deformities. The state of Louisiana oyster season opened on October 15, and we can’t find any production out there yet. There is no life out there.”
According to Robin, entire sectors of the Louisiana oyster harvest areas are “dead or mostly dead”. “I got 10 boats in my fleet and only two of them are operating, because I don’t have the production to run the rest. We’re nowhere near back to whole, and I can’t tell you when or if it’ll come back.”
State of Louisiana statistics confirm that overall seafood catch numbers since the spill have declined.
Controversial Natural Gas Pipeline Gets Federal Approval to Start Pumping
By Mathew Katz on October 21, 2013 6:51am | Updated on October 21, 2013 6:51am
CHELSEA — A pipeline under the West Village and Chelsea has won federal government approval to start pumping natural gas, prompting an outcry from residents and opponents who fear the project could cause an explosion and environmental contamination.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted permission Thursday for the pipeline, built by Texas-based Spectra Energy, to be put into service on Nov. 1, according to a letter from commission director Lauren O’Donnell.
The companies behind the pipeline have “adequately stabilized areas disturbed by construction” and “restoration is proceeding satisfactorily,” O’Donnell wrote.
However, residents have raised safety concerns about the pipeline, which will pump about 800 million cubic feet of Marcellus Shale natural gas into the city each day. The pipeline stretches from New Jersey under the Hudson River and enters Manhattan at 10th Avenue and Gansevoort Street, stretching up to 15th Street.
“No fish. No birds. Hardly a sign of life at all.”
How long before the US press reports this? How long before our government addresses it?
Sunday October 20, 2013
The ocean is broken
By GREG RAY
IT was the silence that made this voyage different from all of those before it.
Not the absence of sound, exactly.
The wind still whipped the sails and whistled in the rigging. The waves still sloshed against the fibreglass hull.
And there were plenty of other noises: muffled thuds and bumps and scrapes as the boat knocked against pieces of debris.
In an obscene development, a Monsanto executive is winning this year’s “Nobel Prize of agriculture” — the prestigious World Food Prize — for creating GMOs. Receiving it legitimizes the sort of rampant genetic modification Monsanto pioneered, and helps validate a ruthless business model that impoverishes farmers and monopolizes our food.
If that wasn’t baffling enough, the founder of Syngenta, the same biotech giant joining Bayer in suing Europe to keep selling bee-killing pesticides, will also win the prize — and with it, a share of the $250,000 prize money. We cannot allow this prize to legitimize frankenfoods and bee killers. The ceremony is in less than two weeks, so we need to act now.
Tell the World Food Prize Foundation not to reward Monsanto and bee-killer Syngenta’s outrageous practices.
Petition: Drop the Charges Against CUNY Protesters
The NYPD violently arrested six CUNY students protesting David Petraeus’ new professorship at the Honors College, and charged them with disorderly conduct, riot, resisting arrest and obstruction of governmental administration, for which they could face serious jail time. Video obtained by Firedoglake’s Dissenter blog shows their use of force was completely unprovoked.
Can you please sign the following petition asking Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. to drop all charges against the students?
Students and faculty at the City University of New York have the constitutional right to engage in peaceful protest against David Petraeus’ professorship at the Honors College. Recent video of NYPD officers engaging in outrageous and abusive acts of force against these protesters cannot go unchallenged. We, the undersigned, demand all charges against these individuals be dropped immediately and for the arresting officers be investigated for their conduct immediately.
Sign the petition: http://action.firedoglake.com/page/s/cuny-petraeus
via Chris Jonsson:
For the second week running, WNYC’s On the Media has tried to find out why the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol detained one of its journalists for six hours. But so far, authorities have ignored their call for answers.
We can’t stand by while the government abuses journalists in this way. “Pressure, that’s what you have to do,” former Rep. Lee Hamilton told On the Media. “You have to create pressure.”
Tens of thousands have already joined our call to action. But we need you to raise the heat.
Demand That Attorney General Holder Stop the Harassment of Journalists
U.S. journalists should be able to enter the country without fear of detention or intimidation.
But government authorities have been stopping journalists, whistleblowers and many other travelers on a regular basis, seizing their electronic devices and examining them without search warrants.
NPR’s On the Media just reported that one of its journalists, Sarah Abdurrahman, was detained with her family at the U.S. border in Niagara Falls for six hours without explanation.1
Government officials have detained journalist and filmmaker Laura Poitras more than 40 times at U.S. borders. They’ve interrogated her, seized her laptops and cameras for weeks at a time and denied her access to a lawyer.2
It’s gotten so bad that actor and press freedom advocate John Cusack recently called on Holder to “guarantee the … safe passage of journalists who have exercised their rights under the First Amendment.”3
We’re working with Cusack to put pressure on Holder but we need you to help us deliver a message the attorney general won’t be able to ignore.
Tell Attorney General Eric Holder to Ensure Safe Passage for Journalists.
1. Sarah Abdurrahman, “My Detainment Story or: How I learned to Stop Feeling Safe in My Own Country and Hate the Border Patrol,” On the Media, Sept. 20, 2013: http://www.onthemedia.org/story/my-detainment-story-or-how-i-learned-stop-feeling-safe-my-own-country-and-hate-border-patrol/
2. Peter Maass, “How Laura Poitras Helped Snowden Spill His Secrets,” New York Times, Aug. 13, 2013: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/18/magazine/laura-poitras-snowden.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
3. John Cusack, “Will Eric Holder Guarantee NSA Reporters’ First Amendment Rights?” Guardian, Sept. 18, 2013: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/18/eric-holder-guarantee-nsa-reporters-rights
Do Syrian Rebels Have Sarin?
September 15, 2013
Exclusive: A U.S.-Russian agreement calls for the Syrian government to disclose and dispose of its chemical weapons, but that doesn’t resolve the mystery of who was behind the Aug. 21 attack outside Damascus – or the question of whether Syrian rebels have their own stores of CW, reports Robert Parry.
By Robert Parry
As the Syrian government agrees to relinquish its chemical weapons, questions remain about whether some elements of the fractious Syrian rebel forces have obtained their own CW. There have been scattered news reports to that effect although rebel leaders deny the accounts.
Yet, one of the many questions left unanswered by the sketchy U.S. “Government Assessment” on the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack outside Damascus is whether U.S. intelligence analysts are among those who believe the rebels possess some stockpiles of chemical weapons.
Typhoon hits Japan as Fukushima operator releases water into sea
Agence France-Presse September 16, 2013 07:46
Typhoon Man-yi hit Japan Monday, leaving three people dead and forcing the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to release rainwater with low levels of radiation into the ocean.
The powerful typhoon made landfall in Toyohashi, Aichi prefecture, shortly before 8:00 am (2300 GMT Sunday), packing gusts of up to 162 kilometres (100 miles) per hour, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
Public broadcaster NHK said a 71-year-old woman was found dead as a landslide engulfed her house in Shiga prefecture, while a 77-year-old woman was also confirmed dead in a separate mudslide in Fukui prefecture, near Shiga.
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