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#1468291 --- 03/30/15 11:35 PM Re: Playing God in the Garden [Re: MissingArty]
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GARDENERS BEWARE:

Many of the plants you buy at Home Depot and Lowe's may be treated with bee-killing neonictinoids. Because there's no clear labeling, many good-intentioned gardeners end up poisoning the very bees they are trying to help!

Home Depot has indicated it is working on safer alternatives, but Lowe's has not yet responded.

Country Max in Seneca Falls is carrying organic gardening items. Way to go Country Max!


The Perfect Crime: What's Killing All the Bees?

CCD has been attributed to a number of causes including mite infestation and pathogens, but for many beekeepers across the world, a primary suspect is a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids. These chemicals came onto the market in the late-1990s and were approved in 2000 for application to corn, America’s #1 cash crop. It is now estimated that 90 percent of all corn seeds are coated with German agro-chemical manufacturer Bayer’s neonicotinoid pesticide. With the rise of the chemical’s use, there has been a steep drop off in honey production in the Corn Belt of the United States.

http://earthjustice.org/features/the-perfect-crime#
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#1468292 --- 03/31/15 12:26 AM Re: Playing God in the Garden [Re: MissingArty]
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40 Corporate Polluters Exposed In Report - Citizens Demand Feds Investigate Koch-Scott-Bush Deal

Mar 11, 2015

Some call them 'polluters' - others call them sociopaths. They are the greedy corporate and political racketeers who care nothing about the safety of other human beings, animals, the environment or democracy. It's all about getting their products made, packaged, and out to consumers for profit. That's it. Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil - just do, be, and live by evil. Then get rid of waste wherever you can.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/11...America-EXPOSED


The report:

Political Spending by Companies Dumping Toxics Into Our Waters

By Ally Fields, Environment America February 2015

http://www.environmentamerica.org/sites/environment/files/reports/Polluting%20Politics%20AME%202.pdf
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#1468360 --- 04/01/15 03:20 PM Re: Playing God in the Garden [Re: MissingArty]
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#1468364 --- 04/01/15 03:23 PM Re: Playing God in the Garden [Re: MissingArty]
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#1469590 --- 04/22/15 09:50 PM Re: Playing God in the Garden [Re: MissingArty]
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Free to watch for a limited time: Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our Lives

https://vimeo.com/125627467
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#1469992 --- 04/30/15 01:50 AM Re: Playing God in the Garden [Re: MissingArty]
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*********************Upstate New York tested .33 for Glyphosate in the water - 3X Higher than allowed in Europe*******************

Moms Across America's Zen Honeycutt speaks in Sydney, Australia - March 24, 2015

"I'm not a scientist and I'm not a doctor. I'm an expert Mom. I'm the expert of my children. You're your children's expert. If you're not a parent, you are your expert."

"A concerned Mom does better research than the FBI."

"Gmo's are a chemical delivery system to humans."

"Glyphosate stayes viable in dark salty water for up to 351 days, does not biodegrade like they say it does, this has been proven so when I went in front of the Monsanto Shareholder meeting this past January and spoke to them about their products harming our children on behalf of mothers, I said to them what is in our womb? Dark salty water and what is the size of a fetus? It's the size of a shrimp. You must be responsible for the contamination of our children and the pollution of our planet and I believe many of them got it."

"We have the knowledge and power to do something about this."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpkjMP3xhx8#t=33

https://www.facebook.com/MomsAcrossAmerica?fref=ts
http://www.momsacrossamerica.com/
http://www.momsacrosstheworld.com/
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#1470237 --- 05/03/15 05:56 PM Re: Playing God in the Garden [Re: MissingArty]
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#1470246 --- 05/03/15 08:13 PM Re: Playing God in the Garden [Re: MissingArty]
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Milkweed is a monarch's best defence

April 30, 2015

A recent study suggests glyphosate is merely the first of a one-two toxic punch from industrial agricultural operations. The second is neonicotinoids, the controversial nicotine-based insecticides that have been identified as a chief culprit in the decline of honeybees, along with a host of birds, bees and butterflies. It appears that even at one part per billion, these chemicals can affect monarch caterpillar development, delivering a potential knockout blow for the imperilled insects.

Find out more about milkweed and information about how to bring monarchs back from the brink at the David Suzuki Foundation's Got Milkweed campaign website.

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2015/04/milkweed-is-a-monarchs-best-defence/
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#1472183 --- 06/10/15 05:19 PM Re: Playing God in the Garden [Re: MissingArty]
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***Breaking News: USDA approves genetically engineered insects for field trials in New York State***

Just when you think organic farming is all about beautiful photos of cute animals and growing plants, you get hit with this – the USDA has approved the field release of Oxitec’s genetically modified diamondback moths at Cornell University.

We need transparency, oversight, and safety for our farmers' livelihoods! Click here for details and watch for more updates as this unfolds.

June 10th, 2015

Groups Urge New York State Government, Cornell University to Notify Public About Genetically Engineered Diamondback Moth Field Trial

http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/pressre...th-field-trial/
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#1478016 --- 11/07/15 07:59 AM Re: Playing God in the Garden [Re: MissingArty]
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Fall leaves aren't just pretty. They form their own "mini-ecosystem."

The National Wildlife Federation is asking you (yes, you!) to put the rake down for the sake of Mother Earth.

http://www.upworthy.com/3-reasons-why-yo...ook-back?c=ufb1
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#1478995 --- 11/25/15 11:22 AM Re: Playing God in the Garden [Re: MissingArty]
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#1481001 --- 01/24/16 08:53 PM Re: Playing God in the Garden [Re: MissingArty]
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The Difference Between Genetically Modified (GM), Heirloom and Hybrid Foods

http://www.eatingwell.com/food_news_orig...om_hybrid_foods
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#1481438 --- 02/05/16 02:37 PM Re: Playing God in the Garden [Re: MissingArty]
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For current information see,

"Health & Wellness" forum,

"State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food."
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#1481716 --- 02/14/16 05:29 PM Re: Playing God in the Garden [Re: MissingArty]
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Where have all the ladybugs gone?

Tom Oder February 10, 2016

Native ladybugs are disappearing, and it could mean bad things for our crops, but there are ways you can help.

The next time you see a ladybug, do a farmer a favor. Whip out your smartphone, take pictures of it, and email the photos with the location to John Losey.

Losey is the director of the Lost Ladybug Project and will add your picture to the more than 34,000 ladybug images he has received. The project is a citizen science effort that Losey runs out of his lab at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he's an associate professor of entomology. Native ladybugs have been in serious decline since the mid-1970s, and Losey is seeking to document where remaining populations are being seen, where they're not being seen, all to help determine the reason for their decline.

http://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-farming-gardening/stories/you-can-help-save-ladybugs
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#1482227 --- 02/24/16 04:40 PM Re: Playing God in the Garden [Re: MissingArty]
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Help Save Seed Diversity

We have been fortunate to work for many years with food historian and author William Woys Weaver, keeper of the historic Roughwood Seed Collection, and his assistant Owen Taylor. Weaver inherited the collection started by his grandfather in 1932 and has grown the collection to around 4,000 varieties of rare, unique, endangered and delicious non-GMO food plants. Located in Devon, Pennsylvania, the Roughwood Seed Collection represents incredible biodiversity that may hold the keys to resilience in an uncertain and changing culture. It is for this reason we find it important to realize that Roughwood Seed Collection needs to raise funds or lose the collection. Weaver is no longer able to financially support the collection and has started selling seeds to sustain his preservation work. Being a small scale operation, Weaver and Taylor need to raise enough funds to get on their feet this year, scale up and make a name for themselves as a small seed company, and become financially self-sufficient through seed sales.

http://www.idevmail.net/message.aspx?d=84&m=733&e=candygirl2345%40hotmail.com&r=5277435



Historic Settlement: Wildlife Agency Will Finally Examine How Roundup, Atrazine Harm 1,500 Endangered Species

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will analyze the impacts of atrazine and glyphosate — the two most commonly used pesticides in the United States — on 1,500 endangered U.S. plants and animals under the terms of a historic settlement reached today with the Center for Biological Diversity.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/201...oundup-atrazine
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#1482811 --- 03/09/16 06:47 PM Re: Playing God in the Garden [Re: MissingArty]
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SAFE SEED RESOURCE LIST

http://www.councilforresponsiblegenetics.org/ViewPage.aspx?pageId=261



We are busy fulfilling orders from the Seed Exchange? Have you taken a look at the Seed Savers Exchange Yearbook or online Seed Exchange?

exchange.seedsavers.org



Thanks to seed savers, Glass Gem corn exists.

This stunning, multi-colored corn is real and edible, and its seeds are now in high demand. It's a good thing someone spent time saving the seeds over the generations when the variety was out of our collective consciousness.

http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/blogs/thanks-to-seed-savers-glass-gem-corn-exists



Wild Bee Abundance Across the U.S.

http://ecowatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/wildbeemap1.jpg



Was a USDA scientist muzzled because of his bee research?

The lawyers who filed Lundgren’s suit allege that nine additional USDA scientists have been ordered to retract studies and water-down findings, or have faced discipline in retaliation for their work. They further allege that three of those scientists, beyond Lundgren, were also working on pollinator-related research. The USDA’s inspector general just announced an audit, to take place later this year, in response to the “significant volume” of complaints they’ve had on their office’s hotline, alleging scientific censorship on pesticides and other issues.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle...02c9_story.html
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#1483581 --- 04/04/16 11:01 PM Re: Playing God in the Garden [Re: MissingArty]
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#1484182 --- 04/27/16 06:53 PM Re: Playing God in the Garden [Re: MissingArty]
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The difference between open-pollinated, heirloom, and hybrid seeds

http://blog.seedsavers.org/blog/open-pol...heirloom+hybrid



Lawn care affects human health

Once applied, chemicals last on lawns for three to five weeks and collect in our homes, in the carpets, and furniture where it is difficult to remove. The first to be infected are children, pets and other wildlife.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/o...ealth/81485256/
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