Have you heard the good news? The US Senate has stripped the “Monsanto Protection Act” from the government spending bill currently under debate.
This is a huge win! The policy rider that fast-tracks genetically engineered crops — and undermines safeguards for farmers — is set to expire on September 30. Monsanto & Co. have been pressing hard for an extension, but thanks to thousands of people across the country raising their voices on this important issue, it looks like they’re not going to get it.
Let’s keep it up! » These days, companies like Monsanto are more determined than ever to maintain their stronghold on food and farming. But together, we’re making real strides toward a fair, safe, democratic food system. Will you donate today to continue important work like this?
The “Big 6” pesticide and GE seed corporations — Monsanto, DuPont, Bayer, Syngenta, BASF and Dow — already control a majority of global agricultural markets. The latest research shows they hold 60% of the commercial seed market and 76% of pesticide sales worldwide. By pushing policies like the “Monsanto Protection Act,” they make it clear that they’re hungry for even more.
PAN and True food.
From the ABC on-line. The IPCC and its climate report.
It does not seem to want to give us a break. Rain could be almost over though with a sunny day forecast for tomorrow. I will believe that when I see it. The garden is saturated with most of my recent transplants succumbing to the grey wet. Mild and the sprouting of many fungi is a treat to see. Regeneration work is on hold due to leeches and other stinging creatures along with it being uncomfortably wet.
And now some good news,
|Today is a landmark day for Australia’s seas, and we wanted to share our media release with you. Heartfelt thanks to everyone for supporting our wonderful ocean wildlife. This one’s for you!
Breaking News! 14 June 2012
National network of marine reserves announced!
The Australian Government has taken a necessary and significant step towards protecting Australia’s oceans by announcing a national network of marine reserves today, says Australia’s peak marine conservation group, the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS).
And something for us to ponder or wonder at.
Key points Each decade has been warmer than the previous decade since the 1950s. Australian annual-average daily maximum temperatures have increased by 0.75 °C since 1910. Australian annual-average daily mean temperatures have increased by 0.9 °C since 1910. Australian annual-average overnight minimum temperatures have warmed by more than 1.1 °C since 1910. 2010 and 2011 were Australia’s coolest years recorded since 2001 due to two consecutive La Niña events.
The CSIRO and Bureau of meteorology report has just been released. Read more on http://www.csiro.au/en/Outcomes/Climate/Understanding/State-of-the-Climate-2012/Temperature.aspx
Considering the rest of the State of NSW and a large part of Victoria is struggling with the deluge of water, our federal opposition is still carping on about the carbon tax inhibiting growth and development. The last few weeks of dramatic record breaking rains and weather patterns, which are defying forecasts, surely more of us are beginning to realise the writing is on the wall and climate change is happening now. But do we care ?
This is a neighbour’s horse.
And a rose is a rose. This one had a scent too.
NY Times article on the dingo. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/06/science/australias-view-of-the-dingo-evolves.html?_r=1&src=dayp