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Daily Digest 6/8 - Treating Food As An Investment, The Other Final Frontier

Sunday, June 8, 2014, 12:48 PM

Economy

The Thin Blue Privatized Line (jdargis)

Tomczykowska has lived in her home on Waterhouse Road for 42 years and was once the neighborhood association leader. Last fall, she gladly agreed to the $36 monthly fee to hire a company called Security Code 3 for a private patrol. When television trucks parked at her curb 15 minutes after the shooting, she told reporters that she was OK with the fact that Thomas had gunned down Ward and happy that the accused had been arrested. Her boyfriend, Robin Perry, went further. The Vietnam vet ignited the neighborhood online boards after he told a reporter that Ward was lucky he hadn’t been home. Perry said that he would have shot Ward dead.

Former Greek PM Admits To Talks On New Reserve Currency (pinecarr)

Today the man who made one of the greatest market calls in history stunned King World News when he said that former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou confessed to him that there were “deep discussions” which had already taken place about a new “monetary order” that would include a new reserve currency which would take the place of the U.S. dollar. This was a truly remarkable admission from Papandreou, and even more astonishing was the fact that the former Greek Prime Minister was so candid in answering Davies’ contentious question.

Philippine, Vietnamese troops drink beer, play volleyball on disputed isle (Arthur Robey)

Besides playing soccer and volleyball, the troops held a tug-of-war competition, put on cultural shows involving singing and dancing and shared food and beer, said Philippine naval spokesman, Lieutenant-Commander Gerard Fabic.

They also shared information on maritime security, natural disaster warnings and search and rescue operations.

Treating Food as an Investment (Eric G.)

This comparison between fast food and fresh vegetables ties to the realization that our cheaper, industrially produced diets have unseen costs associated with them, particularly with respect to our heath. While declines of food expenditures through the 1960s yielded savings overall when healthcare expenditures were added in, after 1970 this trend reversed so that rising healthcare expenditures gradually ate up the savings gained from spending less on food. Since 2008 the sum of food and healthcare expenditures, as percentage of personal income, are higher than at any time in the last 100 years. Yes we spend less on food, but we pay for these savings with more frequent trips to the doctor and hospital.

Peter Schiff: Economy continues to deteriorate (Herman J.)

Peter Schiff is an internationally recognized economist specializing in the foreign equity, currency and gold markets. Mr. made his name as President and Chief Global Strategist of Euro Pacific Capital. He frequently delivers lectures at major economic and investment conferences, and is quoted often in the print media, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Barron’s, BusinessWeek, Time and Fortune.

U.S. Banks Preparing To Charge Customers For Deposits (nimsdf)

“In the USA, we are more-likely-than-not going to get the negative rates directly passed to consumers by the banks who will claim it is the Fed who will do so at the requests of the banks. Larry Summers has set the stage. This is just how it works. He flew the balloon to get everyone ready. This is likely to be bullish for the stock market,” writes Armstrong, noting that, “The talk behind the curtain is to impose negative interest rates on the consumer.”

19-Year-Old Figured Out How To Clean Up The Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch In Just 10 Years (Wendy SD)

The self-described environmentalist and entrepreneur first presented his revolutionary ideas at a TEDx Talk in the Netherlands and was recently named one of Intel’s 20 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs Worldwide (Intel EYE50).

Slat first became aware of the problem while diving in Greece, frustrated that he was “coming across more plastic bags than fish.”

50 years of discovery on the other final frontier—the deep sea (jdargis)

Alvin was designed by General Mills on a $498,500 contract. It was able to dive 6,000 feet (or about 2,000 meters) and contained a 6-foot diameter steel sphere for pilots and scientists. In one of its first missions in 1966, the submersible was used to search for a lost hydrogen bomb that was dropped when the plane carrying it crashed. Barely a decade later, in 1973, the steel personnel sphere on the Alvin was replaced with a titanium one, which extended its drive range to 12,000 feet (or 3,650 meters) and the Alvin set out to be one of the first vehicles to explore the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, some 3,000 meters down.

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GMOs as weaponized agriculture

Weaponized Agriculture

By Tom Mysiewicz

Tom Mysiewicz is a biotechnologist. In this article he shares with us his conclusions about the dangers of GMO crops.  Here is my synopsis.  References are available in the original article linked above.

Recently, an NGO (non-governmental organization) in Russia—the National Association for Genetic Safety–began working closely with the Russian Duma to enact a set of laws criminalizing the introduction of harmful genetically-modified crops (GM or GMO crops) as well as withholding information on harmful effects of such crops.

“If Americans like to eat such foods, they can eat them,” Putin is reported to have said. But with GMO companies in the U.S. massively campaigning to hide GMO content—do Americans really know what they are eating? 

The original vision for GMO from the 1980's:

The original promise of genetic engineering was that crops could be grown without fertilizer or pesticides, in salt water if fresh water was scarce, and that the nutritional content could be altered at will by the addition of genes for amino acids (the building blocks of protein) such as L-lysine and genes coding for vitamins, such as vitamin A. In this “brave new world” hunger and malnutrition would be eliminated by massively higher crop yields.

When the GMO trouble started:

In the early 1980s ... the USDA and FDA (apparently at the behest of large agribusiness interests), determined that GMO crops were GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) meaning they were ... exempt from [safety] testing ...

Humans get glyphosphate intoxication:  

Jump to the present. Many (if not most) GMO crops have cloned resistance genes for Monsanto’s Roundup® herbicide (Glyphosate)—whose effects on weeds are similar to Agent Orange. ... This herbicide (an estrogen mimic active in mammals in the part-per-trillion range) ... can [now be used in] vastly higher quantities than previously tolerated.... without adequate knowledge of the cumulative effects of such exposure. My belief is that some of the adverse human and animal effects attributed to GMOs may, in fact, be due to “glyphosate intoxication."

[Editor--and glyphosate has devastating effects on the ecology of the gut microbiome, a factor linked to chronic diseases.]

At some point Glyphosate resistance genes will cross into weeds.

BT toxin:

A certain percentage of GMO crops incorporate genes for production of BT toxin, an insecticide derived from the pest-killing microbe BT or Bacillus Thuringiensis. The gene coding for BT-toxin is “spliced” to various delivery vehicles or vectors designed to get them into the plant cells.

 

[T]he BT toxin is cloned into a food plant the consumer eats.  [Thus, it cannot be washed off like a chemical pesticide.]  

[T]here is also increasing evidence that some of the vehicles (vectors) used to introduce genes into plant cells may also be infecting mammalian cells exposed to them. If these genes were to be expressed in the tissues of consumers ingesting such foods, the levels of BT could rise substantially. Once again, there is no adequate research into the long-term effects of BT.

The production of novel chemical compounds and toxic isomers of common compounds in GMO's that are not found in nature:

...For example, a microbial-GMO produced L-tryptophan amino-acid supplement by Japan’s Showa Denko—possibly a mixture containing isomers of [L-tryptophan] having the wrong “shape”—is believed to have resulted in 30+deaths and over 1000 injuries. According to Physicians and Scientists for Responsible Application of Science and Technology (PSRAST) in a report originally issued 6 Jan. 2007 and updated 9 June 2013:

Two abnormal substances “IMT” and “EBT”, closely similar to tryptophan, were found in the product.

 

The only tenable scientific explanation for their appearance is a disturbance of tryptophan metabolism caused by the introduction of four foreign genes all designed to influence synthesis of tryptophan.

[G]enetic engineering evidently generated at least two unexpected poisonous substances very difficult to detect.  [Editor--And no safety testing is being done to look for them until clusters of fatalities are documented.]

The potential impact on the biosphere if the "suicide gene" were to jump species into other plants.

Finally, to prevent seed saving by poor farmers and ensure high profits—ag-biotech companies have developed so-called “suicide genes” that allow only one crop to be grown from purchased seeds. Imagine the global catastrophe that could ensue if such genes were to jump to non-GMO fields, were to infect other food crops and even infect wild plants?

 

We could be quickly facing a national or international crisis of monumental proportions.

[Editor--The excellent novel "Wind-up Girl" follows this theme.  Thanks HughK for this recommendation.]

Use of food as a weapon:

Along these lines, in closing, I’d like to share my opinion that GMO crops are a form of “weaponized agriculture”. Making foreign countries dependent on externally-supplied GMO seeds leaves them open to the worst sort of extortion and could lead to wars and global instability. Further, having established production and distribution facilities for GMO seed could allow rapid targeting of the agricultural sector of an “enemy” country

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