Category Archives: Issues of Our Time

Why Veganism now more than ever before.

Up until earth day 2015 I was supporting veganism as an answer to a cruelty issue, but I then came across the documentary entitled Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret. It changed the game for me, the serious impacts of animals agriculture on the environment alone is enough reason to make the switch to a plant-based diet. The prevalence of this revelation has only grown stronger as I see more and more articles coming out. More people speaking out on the devastation a meat-based diet is having on our planet. 
From water usage to land usage, topsoil loss and desertification, deforestation, habitat loss and species die off, contributes to human starvation, water dead zones and climate change, with animals topping the list in greenhouse gas emissions at 51% of all emissions. There’s a lot of info out there, here’s just some of the ones I remember off the top of my head, please read through them all when you can. I strongly recommend you watch the documentary Cowspiracy, it’s a real eye opener.

Cowspiracy: Facts section of the website. 

http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/#

Meat tax could secure future of Swedish farms

http://www.thelocal.se/20150721/meat-tax-to-increase-compettiveness 

How Factory Farms Are Negatively Affecting Every Person On The Plan
http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/14808-negative-affects-factory-farms.html

UN urges global move to meat and dairy free diet
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/jun/02/un-report-meat-free-diet

Disturbing Aerial Photos Show What Killing Billions Of Animals For Meat Is Doing To The Environment

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/06/02/distrubing-aerial-photos-show-what-killing-billions-of-animals-for-meat-is-doing-to-the-environment/
Drought brought to you by meat

http://www.mfablog.org/drought-brought-to-you-by-meat

Cheeseburgers, Climate Change and the California Drought

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/7266354

The problem with the Allan Savory’s grazing approach
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http://freefromharm.org/agriculture-environment/saving-the-world-with-livestock-the-allan-savory-approach-examined/

Why Tofu Consumption Is Not Responsible for Soy-Related Deforestation

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/environment/why-tofu-consumption-is-not-responsible-for-soy-related-deforestation/

What Paleo diets get wrong: We’re not evolved for meat, and our ancestors ate carbs

http://www.vox.com/2015/8/20/9179217/paleo-diet-jeb-bush-weight-loss

The World Hunger-Food Choice Connection: A Summary

http://comfortablyunaware.com/blog/the-world-hunger-food-choice-connection-a-summary/

Planet Earth

All points of consideration for the protection and safe keeping of this world and all life upon it…. 

Weather Modification aka Geoengineering

Fukushima

Hydraulic Fracking

The Alberta Oil Sands

Spills, Explosions & Illegal Dumping

Railways & Transport

KeystoneXL

 

Unsorted Links:

Albertans abandoning their homes due to toxic air in the Peace Region.

Alberta Coal Phase Out, and their Facebook Page.

 

More to come……

Links compiled by Lisa Spaulding of Salem News, Anonymous & The Garden of Resistance.

 

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GMO’s

From Wikipedia: ‘……A genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. Organisms that have been genetically modified include micro-organisms such as bacteria and yeast, insects, plants, fish, and mammals.

Genetic modification involves the mutation, insertion, or deletion of genes. When genes are inserted, they usually come from a different species, which is a form of horizontal gene transfer. In nature this can occur when exogenous DNA penetrates the cell membrane for any reason. To do this artificially may require attaching the genes to a virus or just physically inserting the extra DNA into the nucleus of the intended host with a very small syringe, with the use of electroporation (that is, introducing DNA from one organism into the cell of another by use of an electric pulse) or with very small particles fired from a gene gun.[1][2][3] However, other methods exploit natural forms of gene transfer, such as the ability of Agrobacterium to transfer genetic material to plants,[4] or the ability of lentiviruses to transfer genes to animal cells.[5]…’

Additional links and information follows:

The Social Impact of GMO’s

GMO’s Myths and Truths pdf – An evidence-based examination of the claims made for the safety and efficacy of genetically modified crops and foods.

Farmers committing suicide in India over Monsanto’s failing seed crops and pesticides.

Extreme levels of Monsato’s RoundUp found in Genetically Engineered (GE) soy.

Gycophosphate & GMO Chemicals -101 Studies

The Post GMO Economy

10 Reasons Why We Don’t Need GM Foods

Learn to eat GMO free:

http://time.com/8864/a-shoppers-guide-to-eating-gmo-free/

Devastating social impact of killer seeds via INDIA news here.

March Against Monsanto on FB
https://www.facebook.com/MarchAgainstMonstanto

Hawaii is pushing very closely to requiring labeling on GMO’s
http://www.wisconsinagconnection.com/story-national.php?Id=567&yr=2014

Maryland also begins laws in change
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/12/maryland-gmo-labeling_n_4946613.html

5 reasons why the science behind Genetic Modification doesn’t add up
http://muncievoice.com/10444/gmo-crops-five-new-reasons-monsantos-science-doesnt-add/

Glyphosate is being found in the breast milk of mothers in America. It is a component of Monsanto’s weed killing product RoundUp.  Additional GMO’s  have been created and categorized as RoundUp Ready – able to withstand the indiscriminate herbicide. This is how RoundUp is making it into our Food Supply.

Great presentation from a former Wall Street business analyst on how GMO’s make great business models, but are terrible for human health https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rixyrCNVVGA