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Bees Are Essential for Life Here on This Earth

By |September 14th, 2017|

By now I am sure you have heard about what is happening to our bees. These tiny workers help bring food to our table.  This year I saw many of my zucchini flowers not grow into zucchinis; it seems they did not get pollinated. […]

Academic GMO shills exposed: Once-secret emails reveal gross collusion with Monsanto, academic fraud at the highest levels inside U.S. universities

By |September 9th, 2015|

(From NaturalNews)

U.S. Right to Know (USRTK), a non-profit organization dedicated to exposing the fraud and corruption surrounding the food industry, launched an investigation into the intimate and unethical relationship between the biotech industry and university faculty and staff, which is used to manipulate public opinion about GMOs and to coerce the government into passing legislation supportive of Big Ag’s patented seeds and pesticides.

The investigation, which is still ongoing, reveals how biotech industry giants Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta, Dow AgroSciences and others, buy academics employed by taxpayer-funded universities to push GMOs and lobby Congress to pass legislation favorable of their products, with one of the most high-profile examples including attempts to derail states’ rights to enact GMO-labeling laws.

The collusion between Big Food, its front groups and university staff has been exposed through thousands of emails and documents obtained through a USRTK Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which was meticulously filed over a six-month period.

USRTK: Public deserves to know about flow of money and level of coordination between Big Ag and public university scientists


The FOIA request sought to obtain emails and documents from 43 public university faculty and staff to learn more about the biotech industry’s public relations strategies. Records were requested from scientists, economists, law professors, extension specialists and communicators, all of whom are employed by taxpayer-funded public institutions and steadily promote GMO agriculture under the “independent” research.

Currently, USRTK has received thousands of documents in nine of their requests; however, much more information is expected to be released as FOIA requests continue to be answered.

The documents received thus far expose how the biotech industry funds expenses for university faculty to travel the globe promoting and defending GMOs and their associated pesticides, highlighting the shift that scientists have made from being researchers to being actors in Big Ag PR campaigns.

Named the “Biofortified boys” by Alicia Maluafiti, executive director of Hawaii Crop Improvement Association (HCIA), a biotech front group, the academics were awarded thousands, and in some cases, hundreds of thousands of dollars in unrestricted grant money.

Dr. Kevin Folta, professor and chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, Gainesville, is one of the biotech industry’s most cooperative “Biofortified boys.” Emails show that Folta was enlisted to travel to Hawaii and later to Pennsylvania to “testify to government bodies to oppose proposed mandatory genetically modified labeling measures.”

Folta has repeatedly denied ties to Monsanto or having accepted funds from them; however, newly released documents prove otherwise, exposing him as a bald-faced liar and attack dog for the biotech industry.

Sponsored and organized by the HCIA, which includes Monsanto, DuPont, Dow AgroSciences, Syngenta and BASF, Folta and others were recruited to meet with local business execs to lobby against Hawaii’s proposed GMO-labeling law.

HCIA’s Maluafiti writes:

So please know that you are part of our overall public education strategy and specifically – how do we use your valuable time wisely while you are here in Hawaii (besides hitting the beaches!) I’d love to hear your thoughts. Aloha!

A second email authored by Renee Kester, wife of Dow AgroSciences R&D Leader Kirby Kester, who is also president of the HCIA, thanks them for their support:

First off I would like to thank you for all of the support you have given us over here in Hawaii with regards to our recent legislative battles, it means a lot to all of us over here.

 

Monsanto asks academics to author articles promoting GMOs


In an effort to influence “thought leaders and influencers,” Monsanto reached out to Dr. Folta and other academics, asking them to author a series of pro-GMO policy briefs to be used for “outreach and engagement with […]

How to Grow Strawberries

By |July 22nd, 2013|

 hwo to grwo strawberries

Every June and July when strawberries appear in the gardens and farmers markets where I live in Canada, I am reminded of growing a large patch in England.  One year I picked 30 pounds.  Now, I have a little strawberry patch in my garden that I have been eating strawberries every day for 2 weeks. […]

Thrive Movement Review

By |September 2nd, 2012|

The Thrive video has 1.5 million hits and there probably is a thrive group starting up in your city right now.

 You can watch the video here and I have included my impressions after.

What the He…ck is this?

First I should say that I totally support what the Foster and Kimberly Gamble are trying to do and I accept some of the facts that are presented.

When I first started watching the movie I was sort of skipping […]

The Joy of Farmer’s Markets

By |August 28th, 2012|

We, our earth and the farmers benefit by us shopping at farmer’s markets.  There are farmer’s markets throughout the whole world. I fully support my local Farmers Market and during these many years have made casual friends with many of them. […]

How to Grow Watermelons

By |July 15th, 2012|

 how to grow watemelons

Diana has inspired me to grow watermelons.  It turns out they are not as hard as I would have thought.

I’ll let you know how it turns out!

1. Plan and Prepare:

Living in Canada I can’t realistically grow at 40b watermelon but I can try a 4 lb. miniature type that will mature in 40-60 days. […]

Real Food From My Garden

By |June 4th, 2012|

All my life I have been playing in the garden; my father got me started.  He also taught me how to pick wild food.

This was the beginning of my love for Real Food.   As you know, I am passionate about real food.

Right now I am busy putting in my garden. It is so small but you would be amazed by how it nourishes me. See the pictures and learn all the many foods I grow or pick and then turn into a delicious vegan, gluten free sugar-free recipes.

How It Began

I have been a gardener ever since I can remember thanks to my father. He would plant a garden in our back yard and get an allotment for us to grow more to last the winter. My father would load all five children into the back of his pick up truck and take us out to the allotment to weed all Saturday afternoon. As a teenager, it was not something I wanted to do at all.  Still, I thank my father for the passion I have for growing my fruits and vegetables every year almost wherever I live.

Growing a Garden in Canada

Up here in Canada, the growing season is short but grows fast because we have very long days of lots of sunshine.

My garden was planted this year in very good time and here I am watering my baby plants. As you can see it is not a big patch but it does feed me all summer. I don’t need to go to the farmers market often in the summer.

diana watering, Real Food from Earth

As you can see I grow my veg in beds with path ways between the beds.

This bed near the deck is filled with salad greens so when I am ready to make a salad I just go out and pick some greens to take back to the kitchen.  My father always told me that the sooner you eat something you harvest from the garden the more nutrients you get. This is so true from all the research we now have.

garden Real Food From the Earth

There you can see baby arugula, radishes, two types of lettuce, spinach, dill and perennial chives in the background.

zucchini

I love zucchini as I am sure you have heard me say here. My little babies are growing which makes me so happy.

I went for it with peas this year and plan to actually have some which is why there is net over them.  The birds in my neighbourhood love the tasty baby peas. Sorry birds you will have to have lunch somewhere else.

Ok not so much to see but that is my carrot patch; I did not grow it in rows.  There are a variety of flowers, herb, and cilantro that come back every year so no weeding till I am sure.

Had a raised bed made for a strawberry patch last year. Until the strawberry plants fill it up chocolate mint and parsley get to be there. Behind you can see my raspberry patch that fills up my freezer with raspberries every year. This year it will not because we had a bad winter for the raspberries.

Have you […]