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Looking at my ”Country Stat’s” on this blog, it looks like the Philippines is going to take the lead ahead of Australia this month in views (Australia seems to always be third in my stats right after UK and USA who always both dominate 1st and 2nd place), I’m not entirely sure why they suddenly seem to be searching for Permaculture or finding my blog in particular (Perhaps it is my previous article on GM Rice?) but I have decided to dedicate an article based on Organic and Permaculture projects that I have seen there. I have previously searched for either a Permaculture Farm / Forest Garden or Tour video to include the country in my long list of ”Videos and Tours”. I just never got around to sharing or writing an article so, here we have a few videos to view for any Filipino’s looking to self educate and then be able to try grow healthy food  for themselves and family / community.

So, Salamat for Stopping By, here are a few videos, Some are in Tagalog and I think the one in Bohol is in Bisaya with some English thrown in by the video uploader and some of his friends, enjoy:

Video 1: Urban Agriculture Philippines – (15 mins), container growing, aquaponics, rabbits etc.in an Urban setting (Tagalog)

Video 2: Maribojoc Organic Demo Farm Bohol pt1 (After Watching Part 1, the other parts will be available to watch on the side suggestion bar on youtube) – Entrance to this Demonstration Farm is PHP30 per person! That’s Cheap considering what you will learn …

https://youtu.be/X4AMG6P9qww

Video 3: 1 Project Freedom, a Permaculture Demonstration Site, Tublay, Benguet, Philippines (It will be interesting to learn from them if one can take the time out to go on a tour and visit the site)

Please remember, this is an active blog where you Do Not need an account to be able to use my comments section, anyone can comment selecting ”post as Guest”, please comment and get communicating with me and others, Permaculture is also about community and learning 🙂

Further Reading / Educational = Previous Article: How to build a Banana Circle to increase crop flavour, nutrition and yield!

 

Here is a very good article outlining some pretty scary facts about the bane of Genetic Modification on humanity and also the world’s ecosystem (when keeping Genetic Pollen Pollution / Contamination in mind).

“Control oil and you control nations,” said US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the 1970s. “Control food and you control the people.”

World food control is almost in place thanks to the reduction of seed diversity with genetically modified seeds being distributed by only a few transnational corporations. Genetic engineering has made proprietary control through the use of intellectual property rights possible over the seeds on which the world’s food supply depends on. To cover these costs, food prices are raised.

Monsanto is a leading corporation in agribusiness has been gradually taking over smaller heirloom seeds suppliers in addition to trademarks acquisition of a number of heirloom seeds. This started several years ago and it’s continuing. There’s significant probability that when buying seeds from a local store, one may get a genetically modified product.

Monsanto was formed in 1901, that’s more than a century ago, in the year. Throughout the ages, Monsanto has emerged and secured its reputation as a face of corporate evil. Demonstrations have been held globally by environmental activists and when Monsanto introduced Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) seeds. Monsanto modifies a plant or crop artificially, making it immune to a specific, all-purpose poison through genetic engineering. It’s expected that the modified crop stays safe with the use of pesticides while everything else is killed.

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The Monsanto Controversy

The controversy that lies with Monsanto is not recent; the company used to be a chemical company which produced Agent Orange and its main poison, Dioxin. The company was also involved in selling DDT, dairy cow hormone rBGH, the carcinogenic Aspartame sweetener, and PCBs in the past.

Impacts of GMO Foods

GMOs are unhealthy, this is according to the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM). The organization points out that GMO food can cause infertility, organ damage, immune system disorder and accelerated aging. Another impact is the expected increase in the use of herbicides in an effort to stem the ‘superweed’ resulting from weed’s resistance to herbicides due to their increased usage.

Due to the possibility of cross-pollination, it’s expected that GMO pollution will be the long-term problem with no possibility of eradication. The famous and tragic Colony Collapse Disorder of Honey Bees was recognized to have happened after the introduction of GMOs. All these point to an unsustainable and dark future.

Please read the Full Article Here.

From Natural News:

(NaturalNews) No surprise here, but a recent report has found that MON810, a Monsanto-made GM corn, doesn’t have the ability to thwart crop infection. What a shocker. The Franken-food company designed the corn in an effort to “help” crops by making them resistant to corn-boring pests, maintaining that the Bt insecticide in MON810 maize would be beneficial.(1)

Nope. Not even close.

In a report published by the Government of the Aragon region of Spain – a country that happens to be the EU leader in GM maize cultivation – it was found that “there are no significant differences” between GM corn varieties an non-GM, conventional varieties. The amount was minuscule and barely worth mentioning: the difference in per hectare yields of crops between the two varieties harvested was between 0.2 and 0.3 kilos. Not only was there hardly any difference in harvest production, but the report also found that MON810 didn’t make a dent in warding off any pests.(1)

Still, the folks at Monsanto think it’s time break out the MON810 party hats and do a victory dance. According to their website’s “Did You Know?” section, “MON810 corn hybrids contain a protein from a naturally occurring bacterium called Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). This protein provides protection against damaging corn borer pests that can significantly impact both the yield and quality of a farmer’s corn crop.”(2)

Oops, better read the Aragon report Monsanto, because it sure determined otherwise concerning that whole pest control and yield thing you latch on to.

But wait, says Monsanto; GM seed products really DO work

Furthermore, the Monsanto website also does what it’s been doing for ages: It tries to convey that tampering with the foods people ingest is good. “We confidently stand behind the safety and healthfulness of each of our GM seed products,” their site states. Of course, they take issue with any country that has the common sense to ban such foods, suggesting that places that “have taken decisions to illegally ban the planting MON810 corn hybrids despite a robust safety assessment and a long history of safe cultivation and consumption” are in the wrong. Then they go on to remind readers of the studies that have been done, and suggest that governments that don’t align with their strategies are ill-informed, stubborn people engaging in “illegal” bans. Wah, wah.(2)

We bet they’re going to have a field day with the most recent ruling in the Philippines, in which the Supreme Court there ordered a permanent ban on field trials of GM eggplant. Additionally, the judges have temporarily stopped the import of all GM crops and products. At the same time, they’re refusing to accept applications for new GM items until new administrative orders go into effect. Without a doubt, as native farmers and residents rejoice, Monsanto and it’s twisted view of human ethics will find fault with the ruling.(3)

Listen up, Monsanto: There’s a reason so many people shun GM corn. From liver damage to actually inserting genes into human tissue that end up basically throwing the human genome way out of whack, GM corn is bad news. A bit of cellular damage and DNA disruption to go with your dinner? We think not.(4)

Isn’t enough, enough?

Monsanto continues to maintain that everything it touches is golden. Always on the defensive, they’re quick to turn a blind eye to the horrors they’ve inflicted on others, including their main ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate. By now most people are aware (except Monsanto, who has a tough time accepting the truth), that a division of the World Health Organization, IARC, found glyphosate to be “probably carcinogenic to humans.” But keep spraying away, Monsanto says. Cover your lawn, crops, soccer fields, corporate parks and playgrounds with the stuff because, according to their website, the IARC statement puts glyphosate in a category “…that includes common professions such as barbers and fry cooks—a conclusion that conflicts with the overwhelming consensus by regulatory bodies and science organizations around the world.”(5,6)

After a while, it just gets old.

Bad is bad, no matter how well you cleverly craft your words or rely on loopholes to paint a picture of health and product success. From MON810 to glyphosate and everything in between, it’s clear that people deserve better than the backwards logic Monsanto attempts to force upon us.

Sources for this article include:

(1) GMWatch.org

(2) Monsanto.com

(3) NaturalNews.com

(4) NaturalNews.com

(5) NaturalNews.com

(6) Monsanto.com

Article from NaturalNews.com

(NaturalNews) One of the brave and the bold, Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai is the newest scientist to stand up to Monsanto. Dr. Shiva says he will give Monsanto a $10 million building that he owns in Cambridge, Massachusetts if the corporation can disprove his statement that there are “no safety assessment standards” for genetically modified organisms.

Dr. Ayyadurai is a systems biologist who has analyzed the effects of the genetic engineering process on the biochemical pathways that affect plant physiology. He has written extensively on the stark contrast between natural, unadulterated crops and genetically engineered ones. He makes it clear that there are no safety assessment standards for GMOs and he can prove it.

Independent scientist finds stark differences between GM soybeans and natural ones

Now Dr. Ayyadurai is challenging Monsanto to come forward and address the issue. The repercussions of just one untested GMO could spell harm for hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Genetically engineered crops are controversial and in some eyes, morally wrong. Genetically engineering crops is a completely different field of agricultural control, a deviation from traditional plant breeding. Genetic engineering may combine the DNA of a natural plant with genes from a foreign entity like bacteria. How do these unprecedented gene crossovers affect the plant’s natural compounds and chemistry? How do these changes affect humans or the ecosystem over time?

In one analysis Dr. Ayyadurai found that genetically modified soybeans can accumulate carcinogenic formaldehyde which also led to the depletion of glutathione, a key antioxidant in natural soybeans. When he tested the non-GM soybean plants, there was no buildup of formaldehyde or depletion of glutathione, proving biochemically that GM-soybeans are an inferior and toxic version of natural soybeans.

GMOs approved based on “requirements” not actual safety standards

Dr. Ayyadurai points out that GMOs are approved around the world based on “requirements,” not safety standards. “A standard provides rigorous protocols, processes and procedures,” proclaims Dr. Ayyadurai. “For example, what ingredients should be in the soil and what kind of chemical assay should be done to measure whether that GMO is ‘materially different’ from, or ‘substantially equivalent to,’ its non-GMO counterpart.”

Corporations like Monsanto claim that their GM varieties are “substantially equivalent” to natural seeds and government regulators just assume that they are safe. However, Dr. Ayyadurai’s biological analysis comparing GMOs with natural seeds shows that they are not the same. He proves that GMOs are biochemically different, disrupting molecular systems and equilibrium within the plant’s physiology. “Objective standards to measure equivalence or difference do not exist,” Dr. Ayyadurai insists.

“More importantly, any independent lab should be able to execute those standards, so the results would be reproducible, not just behind closed doors at Monsanto or by a university professor they have funded.”

Objective safety assessment standards needed for all GMOs

Dr. Ayyadurai has gone to great lengths to produce such eye-opening findings, accessing 184 institutions in 23 countries to amalgamate the molecular pathway interaction from 6,497 wet lab tests. Dr. Ayyadurai would like to see Monsanto take an objective approach to achieving safety assessment standards. He would like to see an independent study with legal compliance and agreed-on standards where Monsanto’s GM varieties are grown alongside non-GM crops in the same conditions.

Dr. Ayyadurai points out that the perception of GMO safety is skewed by a country’s economic goals, corporate brainwashing, lobbying and the corruption of academia. The challenge going forward is “to bring the issue forward in a manner that helps the public and scientists to see it clearly” he states.

“If anything, Monsanto has been doing publicity stunts by paying off academics, while spending tens of millions in advertising to brainwash us with beautiful images of African and Indian children frolicking in open fields of flowers, etc., to make us believe that GMOs are safe, while manipulating mainstream media to claim that safety standards for GMOs exist and that the organizations such as the US FDA have determined and assessed the safety of GMOs in the market. This is not true; thus, the challenge.” [Emphasis added]

Sources include:

GMWatch.org

Chipotle Mexican grill is 100% Non GMO

Chipotle Mexican grill is 100% Non GMO

(NaturalNews) The free market victories against the sleazy biotech industry are coming at a rapid pace now, and the latest announcement is a real game changer: Chipotle Mexican Grill has outright rejected all GMOs and, as of today, is now serving all non-GMO ingredients in its foods.

“When it comes to our food, genetically modified ingredients don’t make the cut,” says an official announcement on the Chipotle website. “…[T]he food we serve should be made with ingredients raised with care for animals, farmers, and the environment. We’re doubtful that the GMO ingredients that used to be in our food meet these criteria.”

The fighting words from Steve Ells very closely mirror the clean food mantra that Natural News has been advocating for years. He says, quoted in the New York Times:

This is another step toward the visions we have of changing the way people think about and eat fast food… Just because food is served fast doesn’t mean it has to be made with cheap raw ingredients, highly processed with preservatives and fillers and stabilizers and artificial colors and flavors.

Read the Full Article Here at Natural News.

This is a document compiled and hosted on GM Watch, I highly recommend checking their site for other useful information on Genetic Manipulation and it’s lobby groups:

http://www.gmwatch.org/files/10-reasons-we-dont-need-GM-foods.pdf

GMO Meme

GMO Meme

Further Reading: http://permaculturenews.org/2008/10/28/the-failures-of-genetically-modified-crops-continue/

GMO / Golden Rice has a competitor, it’s called Permaculture!!

Some of you have heard the lobby backed calls for the GMO Golden rice to be pushed into production asap because many people mainly in Asia suffer from vitamin A deficiency, Golden Rice is a Genetically Manipulated product whereby Vitamin A is forced into the genes of the original rice (The agenda is purely for profit as the multi billion dollar Biotech cartels have their investor’s interests to look after and please).

Ban Golden Rice - Philippines

Ban Golden Rice – Philippines

No doubt, someday soon, a Monsanto / Bayer / Syngenta / Dow / Du Pont / Pioneer et al Troll will pick up on this article and label me as a ”child killer standing in the way of poor 3rd world peoples health”, that’s absolutely fine, as they themselves ignore independent research into GM technology and only look at what the industry itself and it’s paid ‘scientists’ report on their completely ‘unbiased’ findings … I have looked at both sides of the story and theirs is Not convincing!

Ban Golden Rice - Philippines Protests

Ban Golden Rice – Philippines Protests

There are so many green / veggie foods high in vitamin A that can be grown Exactly where these people live, which makes this ”technology” completely unnecessary.

Ever heard of the Moringa Tree? AKA The Miracle Tree … Well IRRI definitely either has not or, they don’t want you to know! (IRRI = International Rice Research Institute) < Sponsored by US / EU Biotech and hosted in the Philippines.

Lets take a look at the three images that totally undermine the goals of the Golden Rice Lobby:

Moringa ''Miracle Tree'' Benefits / Nutrients

Moringa ”Miracle Tree” Benefits / Nutrient Composition

Moringa Leaves, Mineral / Vitamin Composition

Moringa Leaves, Mineral / Vitamin Composition

World Map where Moringa grows naturally / or when planted – this is exactly where it is needed. People don’t know so education is far more beneficial than some unproven technology

There you have it folks, Golden Rice Debunked in Three Images!

Dear Filipino People and the Philippine Government … IRRI’s budget in 2014 according to Wikipedia is USD 99.19 Million, Moringa Seeds are available online on sites such as Ebay. I did some calculations and this budget would buy 3,171,888,500 (Billion) Moringa Seeds for immediate planting worldwide, starting where there is the most recorded cases of Vitamin A deficiency !!
NOTE:
Moringa is grown in the Philippines already, but has clearly somehow skipped Media/ Authority attention … for some reason.

For further reading on GMO’s so you can come to your own conclusion, here are Independent websites containing articles and research into the controversial technology. I highly recommend you to Always look at what the alternative / independent media report on world changing issues as most likely, what you read in the newspapers is one sided (the side of the one paying the most money):

http://www.gmwatch.org/

http://www.anhinternational.org/

Good Documentary on GMO’s

http://permaculturenews.org/2015/07/16/the-power-of-duck-a-review/