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Ukraine Agrees To Monsanto Land Grab For $17 Billion IMF Loan

Typical agricultural landscape of Ukraine, Kherson Oblast. Credit: Dobrych (Flickr)/CC-BY-SA-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) is helping biotech run the latest war in Ukraine. Make no mistake that what is happening in the Ukraine now is deeply tied to the interests of Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, and other big players in the poison food game.

Monsanto has an office in Ukraine. While this does not shout ‘culpability’ from every corner, it is no different than the US military’s habit to place bases in places that they want to gain political control. The opening of this office coincided with land grabs with loans from the IMF and World Bank to one of the world’s most hated corporations – all in support of their biotech takeover.

Previously, there was a ban on private sector land ownership in the country – but it was lifted ‘just in time’ for Monsanto to have its way with the Ukraine.

In fact, a bit of political maneuvering by the IMF gave the Ukraine a $17 billion loan – but only if they would open up to biotech farming and the selling of Monsanto’s poison crops and chemicals – destroying a farmland that is one of the most pristine in all of Europe. Farm equipment dealer, Deere, along with seed producers Dupont and Monsanto, will have a heyday.

In the guise of ‘aid,’ a claim has been made on Ukraine’s vast agricultural riches. It is the world’s third largest exporter of corn and fifth largest exporter of wheat. Ukraine has deep, rich, black soil that can grow almost anything, and its ability to produce high volumes of GM grain is what made biotech come rushing to take it over.

As reported by The Ecologist, according to the Oakland Institute:

“Whereas Ukraine does not allow the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture, Article 404 of the EU agreement, which relates to agriculture, includes a clause that has generally gone unnoticed: it indicates, among other things, that both parties will cooperate to extend the use of biotechnologies.

There is no doubt that this provision meets the expectations of the agribusiness industry. As observed by Michael Cox, research director at the investment bank Piper Jaffray, ‘Ukraine and, to a wider extent, Eastern Europe, are among the most promising growth markets for farm-equipment giant Deere, as well as seed producers Monsanto and DuPont’.”

The nation WAS Europe’s breadbasket – and now in an act of bio-warfare, it will become the wasteland that many US farmlands have become due to copious amounts of herbicide spraying, the depletion of soil, and the overall disruption of a perfect ecosystem.

The aim of US government entities is to support the takeover of Ukraine for biotech interests (among other strategies involving the prop-up of a failing cabalistic banking system that Russia has also refused with its new alignment with BRICS and its own payment system called SWIFT). This is similar to biotech’s desired takeover of Hawaiian islands and land in Africa.

The Ukraine war has many angles that haven’t been exposed to the general public – and you can bet that biotech has their hands in the proverbial corn pie.

 

 

Source : Earth First!

Health Ranger unveils 3-D printed home hydroponics system that does not need electricity – VIDEO » WTF RLY REPORT

The Health Ranger presented a new 3-D printed hydroponics system meant for home use that does not use electricity.

Through a new site, FoodRising.org, Mike Adams is promoting the system as a do-it-yourself solution to the processed food monopoly dominated by GMO ingredients. Adams unveiled the system to the public at Health Freedom Expo in Naples, Florida on Saturday.

At first it looks as if the system is just a plastic box with holes cut in the top, however the units have a gravity fed delivery system with an “automatic water leveling control system”, Adams claims.

Growth is enabled by the process of root specialization as not all of the roots are submerged in water, which he calls a miracle of nature. Adams is touting the system as a “low tech, low cost” solution using decentralized technology, which WTF News has advocated as the next step in securing sustainable food freedom.

Not only can the units be made with a 3-D printer using plans available for download, but the filament can be made from used plastic and trash.

WTF News has been working with other activists for a few months to engineer a similar system with the key goals of the system being open source, easy to produce at a low cost while fitting in the average small home. The team at Food Rising seems to have created a system meeting those goals and the additional benefit of not needing electricity. As presented, it seems the most complicated part of the system is acquiring the nutrient solution needed for growth.

Adams described the motivation for the system as a way to overthrow the processed food monopoly with “compassion and love” using a positive solution in order to move beyond just avoiding the system. He goes on to explain the non-profit structure behind “giving people the technology to feed themselves” in the closing remarks at the expo.

The way to achieve victory for humanity, I believe, is not to fight the existing system’s corporate domination and control, but rather to make them obsolete, to make them irrelevant and the way do that is through innovations just like this that we give away for free. We encourage people to copy and share and spread the word and we don’t hold it back for monopolization or profiteering or to patent it and restrict it. Instead, we patent it to protect it, so the public can always have it, so no one else patents it and then tries to restrict it. We patent it for the public good and put it out under a Creative Commons license and you are invited to help share in this and I think that is the most important message I can share with you today at Health Freedom Summit.

Adams also plans to donate 250 of the systems to schools across the country.

 

Source : WTF RLY REPORT.

A True Small-Scale Off-Grid Empowerment System? “Hydroponics May Soon be Our Only Solution”

I long ago came to the conclusion that the path to reclaim our freedom and turning things around in this centralized, power hungry police state must involve a larger portion of the population growing our own food – decentralizing power and improving eating habits and health.

Thanks to some ingenious developments, there are now some interesting and efficient ways to make that happen.

So, this post will deal with the question of whether or not hydroponics can help.

Actually, this post deals with both hydroponics and aquaponics, as if interchangeably. Both systems have their trade offs and advantages, but can offer a personal solution to growing your own food in a small scale, off-grid model that promotes independence and can spread as quickly as other brushfires in the minds of men.

As one commenter noted: Hydroponics is growing plants without soil… letting the roots dangle in a constant spray or stream of water and nutrients.
Aquaponics is a combination of hydroponics and aquaculture, which is basically farm raising fish or other aquatic animals. The systems can be closed loop and self-sustaining to a large degree, depending upon the set-up, with lots of room for variation and adapting to one’s personal needs.

Among the major advantages are not only the possibility for faster and larger plant growth, but the ability to grow in urban areas or on contaminated lands, because the soil is not used. Further, because the water is recycled and used many times before changing, drastically less water is used in these systems that with conventional soil gardens.

These systems can be scaled from very small hobby gardens to large scale production facilities.

Here is a profile on a man named Eric Maundu, who is an urban aquaponics gardener in inner-city Oakland:

Mythgarr, a commenter on hackaday.com where this video was posted, said: “It’s a good start. This coupled with some of the solar/wind/thermal power solutions we’ve seen could provide a true small-scale off-grid solution.”

Another major advantage to this systems is that they can be integrated vertically to maximize growing space in any environment – including outdoors, indoors and in a greenhouse.

An entrepreneur named Will Allen gained notoriety for his massive aquaponics operation on 3 acres in Wisconsin, boasting that he was raising 1 million pounds of food, supported by 10,000 edible tilapia also being raised there. Vertically stacked greenhouse space was heated in the cold winter using only the heat produced from 500 yards of worm castings and compost, which in turn support the fish and plant life, and are valuable inputs to any soil system. From a Yes Magazine profile:

Since 1993, Allen has focused on developing Growing Power’s urban agriculture project, which grows vegetables and fruit in its greenhouses, raises goats, ducks, bees, turkeys, and—in an aquaponics system designed by Allen—tilapia and Great Lakes Perch—altogether, 159 varieties of food. […]

Allen designed an aquaponics system, built for just $3,000, a fraction of the $50,000 cost of a commercially-built system. In addition to tilapia, a common fish in aquaculture, Allen also grows yellow perch, a fish once a staple of the Milwaukee diet. Pollution and overfishing killed the Lake Michigan perch fishery; Growing Power will soon make this local favorite available again. The fish are raised in 10,000-gallon tanks where 10,000 fingerlings grow to market size in as little as nine months.

A similar system is run by his daughter in inner-city Chicago:

Growing Power is in what Allen calls a “food desert,” a part of the city devoid of full-service grocery stores but lined with fast-food joints, liquor stores, and convenience stores selling mostly soda and sweets. Growing Power is an oasis in that desert.

Check out his awe-inspiring set-up in this short video:

Here’s one resource to help you develop and sustain your own aquaponics system.

 

Aeroponics – a third way

 

A third, and related, system is known as aeroponics. Famously, much of the concept was developed by NASA to help grow food for astronauts:

 

“Aeroponics” is a type of hydroponic system where the roots are not submerged in the water, as they are with hydroponics, but rather, they are sprayed or misted continually with water filled with nutrients.   This allows the roots to receive maximum aeration and water at the same time.  As far as the plant roots are concerned, this is the best of both worlds.

 

There are countless DIY project ideas to customize an amazing aeroponics garden, as several commercially available varieties as well, some of which are fairly inexpensive.

Here’s just one: http://www.farmxchange.org/diy-aeroponics/

A few popular all-in-one easy-to-use consumer oriented options are the:

Miracle-Gro AeroGarden (with optional LED lights). This system is marketed to grow culinary herbs like basil, cilantro and thyme, but can be used to grow or start almost anything. With optional models with various bells and whistles between $100 and $200, it might be a simple way to try it out with the likelihood of good results, though the DIY approach is probably a better cost-effective option for serious food production.

We are trying one out right now, but on the advice of John at Grow Your Own Greens, using some organic plant nutrient options that target trace minerals instead of just the conventional farming standard of N-P-K.

The Tower Garden is a brand name vertical aeroponics system that retails for about $500, and could produce some rather dramatic (and beautiful results):

CityFarmer.info wrote:

The Tower Garden system can be utilized in place of hydroponics for indoor growing. Pictured here are 6,000 plants spaces in a solar powered aeroponic system in 23’ by 96’ greenhouse.

But there are also many different types of DIY vertical “tower” style aeroponic gardens producing very worthy results at a fraction of the price.

A few examples (in accessible YouTube format) include:

Half-Pint Homestead Garden Barrel Construction
BOTTLE TOWER GARDENS (Using plastic 2-liter bottles)
Building a hydroponic vertical garden
Aquaponics System – Solar Powered Vertical Tower
DIY Hydroponic Garden Tower
Sahib’s Aquaponics _Vertigro’s in Aquaponics

Feeding the Family, and Working Towards a Larger System

Tying it all together, this family converted an in-ground swimming pool to create a closed-loop system that integrates it all, including backyard livestock.

Dennis and Danielle McClung began by placing an emphasis on producing their own sustainable grow and ended up with an elaborate backyard ecosystem made out of a swimming pool.

“The Garden Pool featured a closed-loop ecosystem where tilapia, algae, and duckweed flourished alongside broccoli and sweet potatoes. McClung’s goal was to feed a family of five and within a calendar year, their Garden Pool saved the family 75 percent on their grocery bills.”

Garden Pool from Dark Rye on Vimeo.

 

Or to Feed the World

Other proposals have been made for the larger scale.

One proposal, submitted to a design competition, sketches out a decentralized way that communities in the developing world can grow rice – notorious for its vast use of land and large water needs – aeroponically. Wow! Think about the implications of that for world hunger and self-sufficiency.

Because the water is recycled, it changes the entire game with growing rice, a staple crop that billions depend upon for basic sustenance, and would likely minimizes the risk of heavy metal contamination – now notorious with concerns about high arsenic levels in rice.

This project proposes the creation of decentralized aeroponic vertical farmlands that will be able to provide enough rice for future generations. The basic structure consists of an array of bamboo parallelograms that create stepping terraces of rice fields. It counts with a natural irrigation system where gradually flows down with gravity through a network of irrigation paths.

Grow However You Can, Just Grow For Freedom and Self-Sufficiency

So: Hydroponics. Aquaponics. Aeroponics. Raised bed soil gardens. Container gardens. Traditional row gardens. Whatever…

The point is, there are now systems available to the average person that have been created out of pooled knowledge and experience that could literally change the world.

The grocery stores are filled with dangerous ingredients and produce grown with pesticides that are (or could be) risky to your health. The power of Big Agra lobbyists has made the federal government a tool of centralized food production that cares little to nothing about the health of the general population, and has instead, again and again marketed and produced junk food, taken control over small farms to maximize profits and denigrated the environment in doing so.

That all needs to change, and can, if we take back some of the food production power into our own hands – through conscientious local sourcing and backyard homestead gardening.

The change can be whatever you want it to be, just be the change that you want to see in the world.

Hopefully these ideas will give you something to work with, as we all figure out what can be done with the space, time and effort we have to create high-quality living foods and improve self-sufficiency that can regrow some independence in this world. There are many, many more great ideas out there.

One source for learning and generating ideas worth pointing out is Learn Organic Gardening at GrowingYourGreens, an excellent, prolific and popular You Tube channel with a treasure trove of info.

Could Hydroponics Save the World?

CX Hydroponics put out an infographic warning that with the current trend of mega-agriculture, “hydroponics may soon be our only solution.”Hydroponic gardening offers several benefits to our environment. Hydroponic gardening uses considerably less water than soil gardening because of the constant reuse of nutrient solutions. Due to lack of necessity, fewer pesticides are used on hydroponic crops [Editor’s note: no pesticides at all is also possible]. Since hydroponic gardening systems use no topsoil, topsoil erosion isn’t even an issue. If agricultural trends continue to erode topsoil and water water, hydroponics may soon be our only solution.

Source: CX Hydroponics.net
Aaron Dykes
Aaron Dykes is a co-founder of TruthstreamMedia.com. As a writer, researcher and video producer who has worked on numerous documentaries and investigative reports, he uses history as a guide to decode current events, uncover obscure agendas and contrast them with the dignity afforded individuals as recognized in documents like the Bill of Rights.

 

 

Source : Truthstream Media.

Join The Call-In Targeting The World Bank

 

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We’re staging a call-in on Thursday, October 9, in support of an international day of action against the World Bank.

From 2–4pm call in to the World Bank press office and keep them talking for as long as possible.

We will effectively grind their operations to a halt during the lead up to their annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on Friday October 10th.

When to call: Thursday October 9th, between 2–4pm (Eastern Time)

Press Office Phone Numbers:

  • General Inquiries, (202) 473-1000
  • Hotline for Journalists, (202) 473-7660
  • News Bureau, (202) 473-7660
  • David Theis, Chief of Media, (202) 458-8626
  • Frederick Lawrence Jones, Senior Communications Officer, (202) 473-9336
  • Yoko Kobayashi, Communications Officer, (202) 458-2624
  • Huma Imtiaz , (Print/Wires/Online), (202) 473-2409
  • Spring Binsted, (Print/Wires/Online), (202) 458-2267

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