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APHIS: Another blow to American livestock producers

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Darol Dickinson
Please post your concerns on the federal register regarding the proposal to regionalize Brazil for FMD.   We do not want to accept animals and meat from Santa Catarina, Brazil.  I was shocked to discover that mine will only be the 14th opposition on such a critical issue! Every US cattle producer should oppose this proposed import of Brazillian beef to the US. More

New Study Exposes the Dark Side of New Genetically Engineered ‘Killer Weeds’…

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A report has found that farmers are planting too many so-called Roundup Ready crops.These plants are genetically engineered to resist the herbicide Roundup, which allows farmers to spray the chemical to kill weeds without harming their own crops.

But overuse of this approach to weed control is becoming a problem. Use of Roundup has increased to the point that weeds are also becoming resistant to the chemical. More

Illinois HB5832: Carry a Gun without FOID, Go to Prison

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Gary Rea (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Incredibly, the Illinois General Assembly has passed a new bill, HB5832, which would make it a crime punishable by 1 to 3 years in prison just for carrying a gun without a Firearm Owner ID Card (FOID). Just the FOID is an infringement of the Second Amendment and, thus a violation of the Constitution, in itself. Therefore, HB5832, yet a further infringement, is an illegitimate law based upon another totally illegitimate law. More

Michael Bloomberg Wants Your Guns

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, among others, wants to infringe your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms if you are on the Federal “No Fly” list.

“So what?,” you say, “I’m not on the No Fly list.” Really? How sure are you about that when over a million Americans have been added to the list since it began and has been growing by 20,000 people every month? Even the late Senator Edward Kennedy found himself on the list.

America to be Disarmed by 2012

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Like her UN treaty-signing husband, Bill Clinton, who signed away large chunks of U.S. sovereignty to the UN and the World Court during his years as President, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is following in his footsteps. Her latest act of treason is to arrange and plan, with the UN, for the surrender of U.S. sovereignty and the stripping of our fundamental right to self-defense by the year 2012.

Specifically, the Arms Trade Treaty Resolution, which will affect 152 nations and the United States, establishes dates for a 2012 UN Conference aimed at eliminating our right to keep and bear arms. Even former UN ambassador and NWO hack John Bolton has warned that the UN “is trying to act as though this is really just a treaty about international arms trade between nation states, but there’s no doubt that the real agenda here is domestic firearms control.”

To clarify this danger, let’s look at Article VI, Section 2 of the Constitution:

“This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any thing in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.”

What this means is that the Senate can sign a treaty with any nation or with the United Nations and this would immediately give the federal government municipal police powers. In other words, whatever the treaty mandates for all signatories to it becomes enforceable law within the United States, overriding all existing laws and the Constitution and this would be enforcible everywhere within the United States, including  every state, county and city. More

AMERICAN FARMERS COPE WITH ROUNDUP-RESISTANT WEEDS (GM CROPS AND SUPERWEEDS)

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By WILLIAM NEUMAN and ANDREW POLLACK   Published: May 3, 2010

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DYERSBURG, Tenn. — For 15 years, Eddie Anderson, a farmer, has been a strict adherent of no-till agriculture, an environmentally friendly technique that all but eliminates plowing to curb erosion and the harmful runoff of fertilizers and pesticides.

But not this year.

On a recent afternoon here, Mr. Anderson watched as tractors crisscrossed a rolling field — plowing and mixing herbicides into the soil to kill weeds where soybeans will soon be planted.

Just as the heavy use of antibiotics contributed to the rise of drug-resistant supergerms, American farmers’ near-ubiquitous use of the weedkiller Roundup has led to the rapid growth of tenacious new superweeds.

To fight them, Mr. Anderson and farmers throughout the East, Midwest and South are being forced to spray fields with more toxic herbicides, pull weeds by hand and return to more labor-intensive methods like regular plowing.

“We’re back to where we were 20 years ago,” said Mr. Anderson, who will plow about one-third of his 3,000 acres of soybean fields this spring, more than he has in years. “We’re trying to find out what works.” More

GRAIN: Land grabs threaten Anuak

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Live link: GRAIN interviews Nyikaw Ochalla

Ethiopia is one of the main targets in the current global farmland grab. The government has stated publicly that it wants to sell off three million hectares of farmland in the country to foreign investors, and around one million hectares have already been signed away. Much of the land that these investors have acquired is in the province of Gambella, a fertile area that is home to the Anuak nation. The Anuak are indigenous people who have always lived in Gambella and who practise farming, pastoralism, hunting and gathering. Nyikaw Ochalla, an Anuak living in exile in the United Kingdom, is trying to understand what this new wave of land deals will mean for the Anuak and other local communities in Ethiopia.

How will these large-scale projects affect the agriculture of the Anuak?

The Anuak are a distinct people who have always had close ties to their environment. As an indigenous population, they have been marginalised by the government for many years. They sustain themselves mainly through farming, hunting and fishing, while some Anuak are also pastoralists.

The attraction of Gambella for foreign investors is its fertile lands. But the area is fertile because the local people have nurtured and maintained its ecological systems through their agricultural practices. They may not have had access to modern education but they have a traditional means of cultivation, which includes rotation. When the rainy season comes, they move to the drier areas and when the dry season comes they go along to the river banks, making sure that they manage their environment effectively. So all of the lands in the region are used. Each community looks after its own territory, and the rivers and farmlands within it. It is a myth propagated by the government and investors to say that there is waste land or land that is not utilised in Gambella. More

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