March against Monsanto and for your right to know what you and your family are eating! Joseph Roberts, Senior Editor and Publisher of Common Ground, and activist Christen Traversy join Ron and Kari to talk about the growing mobilization of informed citizens demanding that the Harper government stop jeopardizing the health of Canadians by pandering to their political bankers/backers, and to require the labelling of GMO manufactured foods. The Vancouver March against Monsanto takes place May 25, 2013 at 11:00 am, get there by 10:30 and meet outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. You need to get involved. Your health depends on it!
Ron Gray reviews three stories that add up to an interesting question: Are you drinking milk that's been legally injected with the HIV virus? Government regulations don't require such labelling, nor any mention of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) in your food. Shouldn't this be changed? And how can it be changed unless you speak up? Wake up, people!
Kari Simpson and Ron Gray speak with Lucy Sharratt, coordinator for the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN.ca), about their efforts to expose the truth about foods made with Genetically Modified Organisms. Has the public has become unwitting guinea pigs of giant chemical companies and paid-off government officials who are genetically altering our food supply without telling us? Is the motivation of Profit blinding them to the potential casualties of their experiments?
I have tinnitus. Some call it "ringing in the ears", but that's just too cute a description for such a horrible affliction. A parakeet's bell, wind chimes, little silver dinner bells…
Some describe their tinnitus as crickets in a field, or chirping frogs, or a constant wind. How pastoral. Not.
Some describe it as musical tones or electric humming. How melodic.
But for some of us, it's like a jet engine revving up and down in our ears, from the left, the right, and both ears at once. Every second of every minute of every hour of every day of every week of every month… We can barely hear through the noise. We're deafened by a racket you can't hear at all, and we have no way to turn it off.
It makes me a little testy at times. I've approximated what I hear into this video's soundtrack to give you an idea why.
Tinnitus is a relentless sound that only the sufferer can hear. And don't say you sympathize unless you actually have it. Sympathy requires some degree of understanding, and you just wouldn't understand unless it happens to you.
It keeps us awake at night because we can't turn it off, and "masking" it only means trying to drown it out with more noise. It blocks out the sounds of birds chirping and cats purring and babies cooing and lovers whispering. It makes us incompetent on the phone and clumsy in face to face conversations. We can't think straight. Our heads hurt. Our stress level skyrockets and our immune system crashes. We get confused, and we can't remember simple things. We pound our heads and pull at our ears in frustration. We're nudged closer and closer to the edge of sanity by the relentless noise.
You know why Van Gogh cut off his ear? Yep, tinnitus.
How many suicides are the result of tinnitus? How many diagnoses of madness, Alzheimer's, ADHD, autism, etc. are actually tinnitus? How many developmentally challenged children have tinnitus? How many divorces are caused by tinnitus? How many homeless are on the streets because of tinnitus? Authorities can't hear the noise, so they probably don't even consider the possible tinnitus factor.
Doctors can't help. I don't think they really try. There are known causes for a fraction of the cases: brain tumour, auditory neuropathy, Menier's disease, hearing trauma, drug side effects… but for many of us, they don't know the cause and they sure don't know the solution. Yeah, plenty of "sure-fire" cures are offered – mostly by CHARLATANS who prey on the desperation of the afflicted. But nothing cures tinnitus.
Management is the best anybody can offer. Smoke and mirrors to trick your mind to look – or rather, listen – elsewhere. Antidepressants, antipsychotics, melatonin, copious amounts of alcohol, relaxation tapes, white noise, expensive customized hearing aids – anything to help get us through the next hour and to possibly give us a decent night's sleep.
Doctors say that tens of millions of North Americans have tinnitus – which is true – but the very statement is a cold, callous dismissal of our condition as if the sheer number of victims is supposed to make any single one of us feel any better. Maybe we have to wait for enough doctors to get tinnitus before there's serious research into this affliction.
And maybe a forward-thinking researcher will look into possible causes like stress, wifi, chemicals in our water, GMO foods, untested vaccinations forced on us, smart meters, allergies, cell phone radiation – or how about all of the above? I'd give it all up and live in a cave just to get rid of this infuriating noise. You would, too.
Sometimes the noises stop all by themselves. Rarely. But until it happens to you, it's an elusive dream.
I'm offering no solution here. There are none. But you'd think with the motivation of curing a condition that afflicts hundreds of millions of people in the world – not to mention winning a Nobel Prize in medicine – some doctor somewhere would try to figure this out.
Meanwhile, you now have a clue why some people may seem a bit cranky or distracted at times, a bit less polite, less tactful, less patient.
It might even explain the trolls on YouTube.
Parting thought: how would you sleep if this was all you heard at night? …
In fact, university studies show that only organic farming can both feed Earth’s growing population and reverse decades of environmental damage caused by industrial food monoculture.
Canada has become a colony of Big Agribusiness. Biotechnology has come to dominate agriculture. There are people who raise legitimate questions about this dominance, but they are ignored by agriculture policy-makers at Ottawa. Brewster Kneene is one. A few years ago, his publication Ram’s Horn carried a précis of a report from a UK university which showed that organic farming has greater potential for global food production than North American style industrial monoculture. (Brewster Kneene is also the author of Farmageddon, a book everyone with an interest in agriculture should read. I’d also recommend Food Inc., a compilation of articles from many different writers, who point out that the industrial model of food production is harmful to consumers, farm workers, food industry workers, and the environment.)
A more recent study is Can organic farming ‘feed the world’? by Christos Vasilikiotis, PhD, on the faculty of ESPM (Environmental Science, Policy and Management)’s Division of Insect Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. His conclusions are the same: organic agriculture, as practiced by smaller family farms, is an integrated system that consistently produces yield equal to or better than industrial agriculture—and builds up the soil, rather than depleting it.
Food Inc. shows how the fast-food industry has completely changed the global food industry. The dominance of firms like McDonald’s has resulted in monoculture of crops (e.g., only one kind of potato is grown for the fries that go with Big Macs), mass production of meat animals is congested in unhealthy quarters where they wade around in their own manure, which gets into the food supply—hence the increasing problems with e. coli and salmonella. And migrant farm workers are exploited as badly today as they were in the Dirty Thirties.
A nation that cannot feed itself independently ceases to be a nation; it becomes a colony of the entity that feeds it. That’s why I say Canada has become a colony of Big Agribusiness.
I have theological reservations about biotech, too. I think that genetic engineering violates the biblical prohibition on “mixing kinds”—I’ve given the example of “Autumn Strawberries” that are made cold-resistant by splicing in a gene from the Arctic Char—a fish.
Somehow, that seems to me to go beyond traditional agriculture’s traditional improvement of crop strains by selective breeding, and has strayed into the realm of arrogantly telling God He didn’t get it right. Maybe I’m a Luddite, but I think that there’s a danger here.
In any case, I believe that foods that use Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) should be clearly labeled, to allow the consumer to choose. Agrifood Canada and the Food and Drug Directorate of Health Canada (and the current government) have resisted all calls for labeling of GMO foods; I think it’s because the lobbyists have gotten to the politicians who make their policy decisions.
That sort of behind-the-scenes influence is bad for Canada; bad for democracy; bad for people who want to make independent choices about their diet; bad for farming; bad for the environment. Really, it’s only good for Big Agribusiness.
Peter Jennings has done a documentary on the food industry. It’s worth watching. Bottom line: consumers ought to be given all the information they need to make their own choices about what they eat. Organic farming and product labeling give us that information—and can feed the world without degrading our soil and water.
Feb 10, 2011 — Bill C-474, a Private Member’s Bill introduced in November 2009 by Alex Atamenenko, NDP Agriculture Critic and MP for BC Southern Interior, called for an amendment to the federal Seeds Regulations Act to require “an analysis of potential harm to export markets” before federal permission for sale of any new GM (genetically modified) seed.
February 9, Atamenenko’s bill was voted down 178-98. All Conservative MPs voted against it, as did 40 of the 58 Liberals who voted.
In a Canadian Biotechnology Action Network press release, Maureen Bostock, who speaks for the National Farmers Union, stated, “It’s outrageous that instead of being at the vote in Ottawa, most Agriculture Committee members are actually in Guelph listening to the President of Monsanto Canada.”
Biotech industry tried to prevent debate
C-474 had gone further than any other Bill on genetic engineering, but last December the biotech industry attempted to prevent debate in the House of Commons; however, by an obscure parliamentary tactic the NDP secured a 5-hour debate that took place February 8. Such a debate on genetic engineering had never happened in the House of Commons before. Every MP who had concerns of their own or from their constituents presented them to the House.
Implications of C-474 defeat
Hamilton East MP Wayne Marston (NDP) asserted, “GM seeds will lead to economic disaster for our farmers.”
Jean Crowder, NDP MP for Nanaimo-Cowichan, said, “GE will destroy our export market” because our export markets do not want crops grown from GM seeds, which are considered “contaminated.” Canada’s flax exports collapsed because of GM flax seeds.
Peter Julian, NDP MP for Burnaby-New Westminster stated that “the purity of our seeds is fundamentally important.” He called C-474 a “simple piece of legislation” and was disappointed that “not a single Conservative member has responded to their constituents … they are only listening to the biotechnology industry.”
MPs who spoke shared concerns that if C-474 did not pass, Canada’s wheat and alfalfa exports will collapse just like flax.
Terry Wilson, founder of the Canadian Awareness Network, wrote in his blog, “We are seeing how Canadian politics work very clearly here. The multi-national corporations getting their way, and the Canadian people getting shafted.”
GM seeds burned
Kevin Proteau, founder of Locals Supporting Locals stated in a telephone interview with the blog Suite101, “Many Canadians are aware of the dangers of GM seeds and recognize that countries worldwide want nothing to do with crops grown from these seeds.”
Natural News reported on July 19, 2010, six months after the devastating earthquake, that 10,000 Haitian farmers marched in protest against Monsanto and burned hybrid corn seed. “A 200,000-member national coalition is encouraging Haiti farmers to burn all Monsanto seeds already distributed, and has called on the government to reject additional shipments.”
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8:35 – 9:30 pm: Super Important Discussion! HEIDI OSTERMAN, CN and spokesperson for the True Food Foundation and KEVIN PROTEAU, from Locals Supporting Locals talks about the serious implications Canada’s failure to protect our food supply from Genetically Manufactured Organisms (GMO); the government’s failure to protect farmers from GMO crops and the government’s failure to protect Canadians by requiring the labeling of GM produced food. Check out Heidi’s recent article – God Move Over: GMO is here.