This blog serves as a site for source material. I gather info regarding human intervention into the natural world and its effects on individuals and the planet. Most recently I am focusing on seeds and the chemical companies that are creating genetically modified versions. Vast acres of land are poisoned before these seeds are planted -seeds that contain a gene to not be ‘affected’ by the poison. Monsanto, Cargill and Dow are the largest companies in this arena. The plants such as soy, canola, corn and wheat become the main ingredients in foods we all consume.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Delaware River Voice - the Delaware Riverkeeper's blog:Shale Gas -- a Future of Dependence and LNG

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Radon in Shale Gas 101


Radon is a radioactive gas that is released whenever shale gas is extracted. It travels through pipelines to the point of use, for instance, to stoves, laundry appliances, and boilers. Radon has always been present in natural gas, and is currently present in the NYC gas supply at very low levels. However, New York's gas supply is changing, and this is a cause for concern.

The gas coming to New York City used to be supplied from areas in Texas, Louisiana and the Southwest, or as the map indicates (in blue), from areas of low radioactivity, and at great distance.

With the construction of new pipelines, more and more of New York's gas supply will be coming from The Marcellus shale play. As the map indicates (in pink), this area is particularly high in radioactivity. Scientists estimate it is between 10 to 70 times more radioactive than average. Because it is in close proximity to NYC, there is little transit time to allow for radioactive decay.

Radon, being the leading cause of lung cancer in non­smokers, poses a risk to City residents and workers. For a brief history of the issue and how it has grown in attention, please read this.

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TONIGHT @7pm: Radon Forum at Cooper Union

Lung Cancer & New York City Kitchens
Why Increased Radon in Natural Gas Could Be a Public Health Disaster

Former DEP Commissioner, Al Appleton, has assembled a must-see forum on radon in shale gas, to be held Tuesday night in the prestigious Great Hall at Cooper Union. Watch this video of Al connecting the dots between fracking, pipelines and radon.

The Great Hall at the Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, at Third Avenue, Manhattan. Subways: 6 train to Astor Place; N,R to 8th Street. Doors open at 6:30pm. Admission is FREE but please register here and share the Facebook event page.


Jeff Zimmerman | Public Interest Attorney and Radiation Expert

Sheila Bushkin-Bedient MD MPH | Member, Institute for Health and the Environment at SUNY Albany, Member Concerned Health Professionals of New York

Elizabeth Glass Geltman | Visiting Associate Professor, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College

Jill Greenberg, MPH | Consultant, Toxic Materials Management, representing New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health

Heather Carlucci | Executive Pastry Chef of PRINT, Founding Member, Chefs for The Marcellus and a leading advocate of Programs for From Farm to Table Food

The Honorable Linda Rosenthal | New York State Assemblywoman, sponsor of a new bill that would require the monitoring and mitigation of radon in natural gas supplied by utilities to municipalities in New York State.

David Braun | Activist, United For Action

Sponsors and Co-Sponsors:


Cosponsored by: Bronx Greens, Brooklyn Food Coalition, Brooklyn For Peace, CARP, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy /, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Chefs for the Marcellus, Chelsea for Peace, Citizen Action of New York, Citizens Radon Watch, Congregation of Saint Saviour Environmental Task Force, Council of Chelsea Block Associations, Croton Watershed Clean Water Coalition, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, Frack Action, Friends in Unity with Nature (NY Quakers), Grassroots Environmental Education, Gray Panthers NYC Network, Green Party of New York State, Institute for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany, Judson Memorial Church, Manhattan Greens, Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign, Mothers United for Sustainable Technologies, The Mothers Project, Neighborhood Energy Network, New York Friends of Clearwater, New York Society for Ethical Culture, New Yorkers Against Fracking, New Yorkers for Clean Water, New Yorkers for Sustainable Energy Solutions, NOFA - New York, North Shore Waterfront Conservancy of Staten Island, NY Climate Action Group, NY Contra el Gasoducto, NYC Friends of Clearwater, NYU Divest, Occupy The Pipeline, Park River Independent Democrats club, Park Slope United Methodist Church Social Action Committee, Pedre Integrative Health, Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air, Peoples Alliance For Clean Water & Air, Riverdale Ethical Culture, Riverside Church, Sierra Club NYC Group, Slow Food NYC, StopMCS, Superintendent Technical Association, The Carbon Squeeze, The Mothers Project, The Talking Band, Tinker Tree Play/Care, Trade Justice, Trinity Lutheran Church, Walkers Restaurant, WBAI Eco-Logic, West 80s Neighborhood Association, West Queens Greens, WethePeopleMatter, Working Families Party

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Friday, May 10, 2013

AlterNet: How Monsanto Went From Selling Aspirin to Controlling Our Food Supply

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Monday, May 6, 2013 Save Vegetable Seeds in Your Backyard

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Save Vegetable Seeds in Your Backyard

Follow these seed saving techniques to save seed from your vegetable garden. Learn how to collect, label and store seeds, perform germination testing and understand seed longevity. Originally published as "Save Your Own Garden-Grown Vegetable Seed" in the September/October 1977 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS. wrote: Gathering your own seeds

Friday, May 3, 2013

Edward Wilson on You Tube:,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.45960087,d.dmg&biw=1280&bih=584&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=w1


Biophilia foundation:

Why are these CHEMICAL companiies CREATing seeds?


Maize AKA CORN, Sunflower, Oilseed Rape

Dow's IRP training- How to handle insect resistance :
Maybe this has something to do with the handleing of noxious chemicals since part Dow uses 1/2 the chemicals ingredients used in making napalm for insect resistance on their crops.

Monsanto- aka "Round UP" 

In addidtion to owning most of the seed companies that you can purchase just about anywhere they hold a large percentage of large scale crop seed supplies. Of course these crops dont grow viable seeds so you have to purchase new every year.

  • Alfalfa: Genuity® Roundup Ready® Alfalfa provides in-plant tolerance to Roundup® agricultural herbicide. Fewer weeds means it provides high-quality forage and hay.
  • Canola: Genuity offers the Roundup Ready® trait in both spring and winter canola. This trait is a tool for farmers to help manage weeds and increase yield potential, creating a win-win on their farm.
  • Corn: For farmers today, it’s all about getting the most yield out of every acre of corn, while using as few inputs as possible. Monsanto’s corn traits help farmers do this by providing cutting-edge technology that protects the plant’s yield.
  • Cotton: Today, cotton growers are benefiting from second-generation and stacked trait technologies, which provide more levels of protection. Genuity® Bollgard II® with Roundup Ready® Flex represents Monsanto's newest wave of innovation with two second-generation traits stacked into one seed.
  • Sorghum: Sorghum is an efficient crop in the conversion of solar energy and more drought-tolerant than other crops such as corn and soybeans. Monsanto continues to research and develop new hybrids to fit growers’ needs.
  • Soybeans: Whether it’s a higher yielding soybean that provides a broad spectrum of weed control with the Roundup Ready® system or a soybean plant that helps reduce trans-fatty acids, Monsanto has a lot to offer soybean farmers.
  • Sugarbeets:  Fewer herbicide applications, increased yields and more sugar content all make Genuity Roundup Ready® sugarbeets attractive to many farmers.
  • Wheat: Since acquiring the WestBred brand in 2009, Monsanto has initiated an intensive effort to incorporate breakthrough breeding technologies – developed and deployed with notable success in other row crops – in wheat.

Agricultural commodity trading & processing

We connect producers and users of grain, oilseeds and other agricultural commodities through origination, processing, marketing and distribution capabilities and services.

Grains & Oilseeds

Cargill. Grain and oilseeds.We operate on an integrated global basis to source, process, transport and distribute grain and oilseeds around the world. The main bulk products we handle are wheat, corn, oilseeds, barley and sorghum, as well as vegetable oils and meals. We have developed significant expertise in handling identity preserved and differentiated products that sustain their distinctiveness in overseas markets.
Because we charter more than 150 million metric tons of dry bulk tonnage, we have the logistical flexibility and opportunity to leverage efficiencies in the supply chain. We also work closely with Cargill's finance and risk management businesses to offer a range of financial and hedging products to the products and services offered.


We produce and market biodiesel and ethanol from a range of feedstocks for customers in Europe, Latin America and North America.


Cargill. Cotton.Cargill Sugar trades raw sugar in bulk, white sugar in bags or containers, and ethanol from offices located in Geneva, Hong Kong, Minneapolis, Minnesota and Amsterdam. We originate sugar from the world’s leading sugar producing countries, including Brazil, where we co-own and operate two major sugar export terminals, handling bulk and bags.
We ship and distribute sugar to customers, industrials, distributors and end-users through offices in Egypt, India, China, Russia, Ukraine and other consuming countries worldwide.


Cargill. Cotton.Our Cargill Cotton business is present in every cotton producing and consuming region of the world through our merchandising, ginning and warehousing operations. In Africa, our gins give us access to some of the finest hand-picked cottons in the world. In the United States our warehousing capacity exceeds 500,000 bales, assuring our customers throughout the world of efficient and reliable shipments. And, we merchandise more than 5 million bales of cotton annually. Cargill Cotton’s reputation for quality, reliability, size and leadership is unsurpassed in the world cotton industry.