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We, the undersigned, hereby affirm our endorsement of and interest in the following proposal:
To create a living lab/green hub on a portion of the Guelph Correctional Centre land where people, groups and businesses will come together to develop and promote resilient and sustainable innovations related to energy use and conservation, water use and protection, local food production, active and sustainable transportation and waste management.
The use of GE (genetically engineered, or GMO genetically modified organism) crops has been a growing issue of contention in recent years. Health, agricultural and environmental advocates are pushing for more testing, mandatory labeling of GE products, and ultimately the banning of GE products completely.
The articles below reference Monsanto Canada's announcement in June, that it will expand its products further into Western Canada. Monsanto has indicated that genetically engineered foods will solve world hunger. One article reassures that crop yields are only lower than traditional methods, when farmers use the product incorrectly. However, other independent studies show crops produce lower yield when the farmer uses it right as well. It is also well documented that the issues of world hunger are not due to a lack of food, but in the political and distribution systems that manage food security.
Still, seeds are genetically engineered with pesticides, while farmers, beekeepers, consumers, wildlife, the environment, and our future, all stand to be devastated.
Up until now, governments, and industry (such as Monsanto, Bayer, Dow, Syngenta), have argued that genetically modified foods and products are safe. However, independent studies and testing have proven they are not.
Labelling is required. We continue to eat GM foods daily without knowing it because most products in our grocery stores include genetically modified ingredients, and are not labelled, which deters freedom of choice.
A monopoly of the world's food system should not be allowed. Five companies account for 58 percent of the world’s commercial seed sales and ownership of seed is patented. These patents mean farmers cannot save seed for future plantings, so they lose autonomy and we all lose biodiversity forever. Once we lose diverse species of crops, we cannot undo this. Also, when small organic farmers' crops are contaminated by Monsanto's genetically engineered patented material (brought on the wind or by pollinating insects), the farmer is bullied in court for years by big business, and held liable for large sums of money small farmers don't have. It doesn't help that crop yields can decrease and the environment suffers when soil degrades irreparably. Globally, farmer suicide deaths have risen dramatically as a direct result of all these stressors.
We have seen the tragic effects in the decrease of the bee species, bees that our children and grandchildren rely on for future biodiversity on earth.
The evidence and support against GMOs (GE) are mounting.
It seems farmers, but perhaps few other people, may be aware how aggressive Monsanto is going after Canadian agricultural profits. We need to be aware so we can act accordingly before it is too late. I am hopeful that in addition to accepting my letter for publication, that your media outlet could do a corresponding piece on this new announcement. Thanks in advance for covering this very important local, Canadian and global story.
Public outcry DOES work. It is reported that Monsanto contracts the mercenary firm "Blackwater", to track activists around the world; Monsanto has seen the results when the people band together to voice concern. Due to overwhelming concern expressed by farmers, consumers, and public health officials, governments are beginning to require review of herbicide-resistant pesticides and genetic engineering of crops. Many countries in the world, and some US states, have banned GEGMO altogether, or until independent testing and peer review is sufficiently completed. Canada is lagging.
Canadians must continue to lobby Health Canada. Our government claims GMO products are safe, based on the thin and biased research of the big five companies who stand to profit. We need to demand independent GM product product testing be started in Canada. Canadians have the human right to choose what we put in our bodies, and for the due diligence of our government to do the testing in labs, and not use the general Canadian population as guinea pigs.
Canadians must continue to tell the big five, and the companies who allow their products to be ingredients in their products, that they must stop their Orwellian control over the world food system. We must demand they stop lobbying 'against' GMO labelling, and 'against' us, the 83% of the general populace who are lobbying 'for' labelling. We must demand they start labelling. It is our human right to not be monopolized by corporations, and to have choice.
Canadians should be encouraged to write their MP, MPP and PM. Politicians do handle letters and respond to media attention of issues. Also, Canadians can strengthen the collective public voice, by taking part in events like the July 24th "Monsanto Video Revolt", and October “March Against Monsanto". These events take place around the world, as coordinated days of action and protest. They rally calls for further scientific research on the health effects of GE foods, for the labelling of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) foods we eat daily, and ultimately for a complete ban on GE crops. These awareness events also educate people so they can make their own decisions; Canadians can use their dollars to vote non-GMO when they buy organic non-GMO instead.
We must continue to fight for our freedom; and can not allow these multinational chemical companies' to continue dominating the world's food supply, and literally forcing it down our throats!
Article Reference: http://www.monsanto.ca/newsviews/Pages/NR-2013-06-24.aspx
Article Reference: http://www.monsanto.ca/newsviews/Pages/NR-2013-04-08.aspx
Factory farming is barbaric, greedy and hideous practice. About 990 million broiler chickens, one million nine thousand pigs, 15 million and even about a million cattle may be kept in factory farms in the UK at this very moment.
Pigs in factory farms are normally kept in cramped cages known as "farrowing crates" and piglets will often be taken away from their mothers and given drugs so that they grow much faster than they would naturally. Mother pigs in factory farms will often be used as nothing more than milk machines and never allowed to play with, nuzzle or raise their pigs. Piglets will also often have their teeth cut without blades without anesthetic.
Broiler chickens, too, are kept in cramped, barren cages. They will often be forced to eat as much as they can and their food may have drugs in it to make them gain weight quicker as well. Broiler chickens are also subjected to another cruel mutilation; the ends of their beaks are sliced off with red-hot blades. They are also often kept awake by lighting because, when they are not sleeping, they are more likely to be eating and putting on more weight.
Even dairy cattle are not entirely safe, as a species, from being factory farmed. They will often be kept in sheds under zero-grazing conditions. They will be given all they need to produce milk and remain profitable and that is that. The only exercise that cows kept under zero-grazing conditions is the walk to the milking parlour and back.
Even adult bulls and young calves are not safe in these farms. Adult bulls are often sent to slaughter for their meat. Their skins are often used as leather and their hooves may, sometimes, be used to make glue. Female calves are often kept to replace the older cows when they wear out, but bull calves are often just taken out and shot because most farmers do not want to raise that many calves that are of the dairy breed for their meat, as they are not of the same type as the actual beef cattle, and they, of course, cannot produce milk.
Egg-laying hens are still often kept in battery cages or indoor systems which are only slightly better. The male chicks that are born to this egg-laying variety, while sometimes kept for breeding, are often gassed using CO2 because they cannot lay eggs and, being of egg-laying breeds, it is unlikely that they will grow enough meat to be considered profitable.
Australian Dairy farming is an industry of national significance, embedded as the backbone of many communities in regional areas.
Farming people have provided a rich heritage of hard working Australians, a legacy that remains integral to the tapestry of our modern culture. Dairy farming is an essential component of the Australian economy, generating $4billion through the farm gate in 2011/12, and creating employment for an estimated 50,000 people on farms, in manufacturing and other directly related industries. (Dairy Australia Annual Report 2011/12)
100 Acres of land on the corner of Long Point Road and Brow Mountain Rd. Kings County has been purchased to construct a mink ranch breeding facility.
Community members are upset over the construction of such facility and strongly oppose such plan.
Say NO to MINK STINK, and any possible environmental problems and ill practices of fur farming.
Picture a beautiful, relaxing wildife habitat which provides a home for millions of animals and birds. Imagine that the same place hosts hundreds of oxygen-producing trees. Imagine that the place also provides a home and livelihood for at least a few farmers and other workers.
Now imagine bulldozers hurtling in and ripping up the trees, running over innocent animals and maybe even injuring one or two children. This is what almost certainly will happen and the Council want to call the new town "Cranbrook". They say that this for "economical reasons". But the fact is that it will do far more bad than good as the farmers will lose their livelihoods.
If any lower individual wanted to do this, they would be prosecuted by law, but the council are not in trouble for this. Why? Because they talk in posh language, they are high in power and may claim that they are "using resourceful land to build a new community for economical purposes" rather than saying that they are tearing down trees and destroying beautiful fields to build busy highways, shops, houses and leisure centres for their own evil money.
They say that it will provide employment, but this can sometimes be achieved by fixing and reusing old buildings. They also say that it will create more homes and prevent homelessness. The right way to prevent homelessness would be to fix and reuse old homes, lower household costs and fund homeless charities such as Shelter and the Salvation Army.
How would YOU like to lose your home and/or livelihood?
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Our small provincially inspected abattoirs are being closed because of regulations that are meant for industrial farming and have no place in the local food movement.
Our right to have local food raised and processed in a healthy and humane way is being threatened by this. These abattoirs are an important part of the local food movement.
This petition supports objection to coal mining in the Southern Highlands.
In a media release dated 7 October 2010, Member for Goulburn, Pru Goward stated "There may be coal in the ground here, but that does not mean that local living standards, livelihoods, and clean water should be put at risk."
To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives:
The Petition of the undersigned draws the attention of the House:
to the significant community concern about the risk to national food security, and national security generally, posed by acquisitions by foreign entities of Australian agricultural, horticultural and other farming land.
If you care about our AONB, please sign this petition by March 30, 2010.
The Barn aside Bottom Farm (at the bottom of Beacon Hill) is owned by a Ferrier with horses located in a field (owned by Sita Waste Management Company) behind his residence in Denham. The official application for this barn on Beacon Hill is to store farming vehicles and hay for his farm in Denham!
The barn is larger than in the submitted drawings, and is almost complete, even though planning permission has not been granted yet.
No doubt you have seen the lorries up and down the lane. Local residents have witnessed waste materials delivered and burnt on site.
If this barn is really for storage of large farming vehicles and for hay both required by horses in Denham, then there will be frequent haulage of large vehicles on Beacon Hill.
There may be an ulterior motive with this building.
In 2006 the owner had a plan rejected by the Denham Council for a similar styled barn to be used as a Sand School and hay store. Sand School/Dressage training may be a possible connection with this construction.
Nevertheless, it certainly is an eye sore in an AONB for the many walkers who pass by.
If you are resident of Penn/Tylers Green, you can sign this petition to have your say. It must be done by March 30, 2010.
This is in support of the fair treatment of Gene Alexander, his farm, his cows, and his property rights. Mr. Alexander is one of the last farmers of his kind remaining in the U.S. At the age of 92, Mr. Alexander has farmed his land for close to 70 years. He has been an active part of the farming community of Iredell County for decades.
Mr. Alexander’s property is not within the Mooresville City limits. However, the town of Mooresville (in Iredell County, North Carolina) is condemning the farmland to construct an obtrusive sewer line through the most prime area of Mr. Alexander’s farm. The construction of the sewer will come through with 20 raised manholes as high as 3-4 feet tall, which the town has refused to provide flush and vented to the creek bank (aka ground level manholes). Nor will they compensate for the interruption of farming during construction. The line will very much obstruct both the cows’ feeding and water supply.
The town promised 4 taps (to the sewer line) in negotiation, but then went straight into condemnation without any consideration of previous negotiation agreements. Further, the sewer line was already engineered before Mr. Alexander was even notified, thus ignoring the actual property owner’s requests. Requests were made that the sewer line be moved from the middle of the field. The town said this was possible all at Mr. Alexander’s sole expense which would be in excess of $73,000.
The costs to Mr. Alexander, his property, his cows and business prove astronomical and will permanently harm the aesthetics and beauty of his property and the environment of this land. Any requests for help in keeping this business intact during the two years of construction have been refused. This unfair treatment of Mr. Alexander and taking of his farmland provides no benefit for Mr. Alexander, but is only detrimental to his business, land and beloved animals.
We should not allow this unfair treatment and lack of consideration to be shown by our elected officials.
30 Billion chickens are kept in battery cages around the world every year. 10% will die in their tiny squalid cages from neglet and starvation, and this is just the recorded deaths.
A factory farmed chicken spends its life in darkness, fed growth hormones that make its full life cycle last only 3 months. Imagine going from a baby to 80 years old in 3 months, well that's what happens to chickens. We are not against people eating chickens, we are against chickens being factory farmed.
We want chickens to be kept free range where they have plenty of space to roam around and to not be pumped full of chemicals and growth hormones. Every signature really does help. Please sign.
Factory farming causes a lot of unnecessary pain and suffering for millions of animals each year.
Therefore, it should be banned in favour of organic farming so that the animals who are going to be eaten have nice lives before being killed.
Nothing much to say becasue everybody knows a lot about factory farms and choose not to do anything about it.
Industrial farming (also know as "agribusiness") is an agricultural method used to mass-produce crops. But instead of feeding the hungry world, these corporations cause more starvation. They compete against smaller farms and force the farmers out of business, which means they can no longer feed their local community or even themselves.
Agribusinesses use millions of pounds of pesticides annually, which then pollute water sources, injure humans, kill aquatic life, and damage topsoil.
When you buy wheat products at the grocery store, do you think about where it came from? Neither did I - at least until I did some research. Most of the produce we buy is grown on industrial farms, a farming method where only one crop is grown over hundreds of acres of land (causing depletion of soil nutrients and decreased biodiversity). Industrial farms use 70% of potable water consumed, but also pollute other water sources. A branch of industrial farming is called "factory farming" where animals are kept in confinement. When pigs bite each other's tails because they've "gone mad" from not being able to perform natural behaviors, they have their tails cut off- without anesthetics. When disease is found among a few chickens on an industrial farm, they chuck all of them into a chipper. It grinds them up while they are still alive. Please examine the pictures of the confined pigs and the sow who is feeding her piglets but who cannot move at all. Should animals be treated this way?
Stop the cruelty of factory farming, with us! You can help end senseless suffering that goes into the creation of a chicken nugget!
The Animals Asia Foundation in Hong Kong has signed an agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA) and the Sichuan Forestry Department (SFD) to free 500 Moon Bears on the worst farms in Sichuan Province and to work together to bring bear
farming to an end.
This "China Bear Rescue" is well underway with 118 Moon Bears now in the care of Animals Asia at their rescue centre in Chengdu, China.
The facts on bear farming: The official number of farmed bears in China is 6,992 (less now with 118 in the care of AAF). Bear bile is not
an aphrodisiac - it is an efficacious medicine with a 3,000 year history, but one which is totally replaceable with herbs and synthetics. In the market today, there is an oversupply of
bear bile which is why the farmers are looking for new markets, hence the placing of it in ridiculous things like shampoo and "Bear Bile Soda"!!!! Some bears have been in these terrible cages for up to 22 years. Bear farming
also exists in Vietnam and Korea.
The CWCA and SFA are doing the right thing and paving the way towards the end of bear farming. Money raised from advertising on this petition will go to help the Animals Asia Foundation fund and build the sanctuary for 500 rescued beautiful Moon Bears - a first major step in bringing bear farming to an end