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mercredi 23 janvier 2008

Émission de L'Autre Monde du 24 janvier 2008: Réserve mondiale de semences de Svalbard




Émission de L'Autre Monde du 24 janvier 2008: Réserve mondiale de semences de Svalbard

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-Svalbard Global Seed Vault (réserve mondiale de semences de Svalbard) sur l’île norvégienne de Spitsbergen, qui fait partie du groupe des îles de Svalbard.






"Doomsday Seed Vault" in the Arctic


Bill Gates, Rockefeller and the GMO giants know something we don’t

by F. William Engdahl

Global Research, December 4, 2007


"Doomsday Seed Vault " (Reserve de Semences du Jugement Dernier ), dans l 'Arctique


World food price rises set to hit consumers


Wheat markets soar on renewed tight supply fears

Global wheat prices surged more than 3 percent on Monday, with U.S. futures breaking $10 a bushel for the first time, on dwindling world supplies, a lack of sellers and a push from financial investors.

Wheat prices have nearly doubled since the start of the year, fanning fears about food-price led inflation at a time the global economy could slow, and industry officials said crop worries and strong global demand would keep prices firm until a clearer picture emerged early next year about U.S. plantings.


Green Living">Demand for palm oil 'is damaging the planet'

Growing demand for Asian palm oil by some of the world's largest companies, such as Unilever, Nestlé and Procter & Gamble, is now one of the principal drivers of climate change, the environmental pressure group Greenpeace says.

"Ooooh, you icky humans; I just wish you would all die and leave the Earth in peace!"

(ahem)

Ever stop to think that changing the Earth is our NATURAL behavior? Beavers build dams, and so do we. Bees build hives, termites build mounds, ants build tunnels, and so do we. Why is it a bad thing for us to do, but not the other animals?

And don't start in that the animals do not damage the environment as much as man. Termites create methane, a far more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, and the total biomass of termites is ten times that of humans.

Change IS the natural order of things.


Corn boom could expand ‘dead zone’ in Gulf

Farmers say crop too profitable to stop, despite problems downstream


Fermenting the Food Supply

The price for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil touched $100 on January 2, 2008, a new milestone. According to TheOilDrum.com, WTI oil price has been giving a very clear signal of pending shortage for over five years now, and in breaching the symbolic $100 a barrel mark, continues to do so. Those driving the world economy have steadfastly ignored this red warning light. In doing so, they are steering the world toward an energy disaster characterized by shortages, high energy prices, inflation, growing inequity, civil unrest and famine.


Japan to Increase Emergency Stockpiles of Grains, Yomiuri Says

Japan, the world's biggest grain importer, plans to increase emergency stockpiles of corn, wheat and soybeans next year to ensure stable supplies at a time of soaring global prices, the Yomiuri newspaper reported.


USDA Recommends That Food From Clones Stay Off the Market
January 16, 2008, Washington Post

The U.S. Department of Agriculture yesterday asked U.S. farmers to keep their cloned animals off the market indefinitely even as Food and Drug Administration officials announced that food from cloned livestock is safe to eat. Bruce I. Knight, the USDA's undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs, requested an ongoing "voluntary moratorium" to buy time for "an acceptance process" that Knight said consumers in the United States and abroad will need, "given the emotional nature of this issue." Yet even as the two agencies sought a unified message -- that food from clones is safe for people but perhaps dangerous to U.S. markets and trade relations -- evidence surfaced suggesting that Americans and others are probably already eating meat from the offspring of clones. Executives from the nation's major cattle cloning companies conceded yesterday that they have not been able to keep track of how many offspring of clones have entered the food supply, despite a years-old request by the FDA to keep them off the market pending completion of the agency's safety report. At least one Kansas cattle producer also disclosed yesterday that he has openly sold semen from prize-winning clones to many U.S. meat producers in the past few years, and that he is certain he is not alone. "This is a fairy tale that this technology is not being used and is not already in the food chain," said Donald Coover, a Galesburg cattleman and veterinarian who has a specialty cattle semen business. "Anyone who tells you otherwise either doesn't know what they're talking about, or they're not being honest." Last year, [only] 22 percent of Americans who responded to a major survey said they had a favorable impression of food from clones.


FDA says food from cloned animals safe to eat

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ruled that food from cloned cattle, pigs and goats and their offspring is as safe as any other food.

Yeah, well, the FDA thought VIOXX was safe, too.

Here is the problem. Clones are NOT exact copies. Cloned animals like Dolly the sheep have demonstrated that current cloning techniques are far less than 100% accurate. In other words, there are genetic transcription errors taking place, such that the genes are artificially mutated from source animal to the clone. The effects of these transcription errors are usually visible only at the biochemistry level. But the fact is that short of killing the clone and running a full assay, one cannot rule out the production of altered enzymes and proteins which may be harmless to the clone, but harmful to consumers who consume the products from that animal.


Honeybees may be wiped out in 10 years


Honeybees will die out in Britain within a decade as virulent diseases and parasites spread through the nation's hives, experts have warned.

Whole colonies of bees are already being wiped out, with current methods of pest control unable to stop the problem.

The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) said that if the crisis continued, honeybees would disappear completely from Britain by 2018, causing "calamitous" economic and environmental problems.

Science & Tech">Mobile phone radiation wrecks your sleep

The research, sponsored by the mobile phone companies themselves, shows that using the handsets before bed causes people to take longer to reach the deeper stages of sleep and to spend less time in them, interfering with the body's ability to repair damage suffered during the day.



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