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Rice planted in former no-go zone – A “Trailer Park” solution to the increasing amount of contaminated water; Dump it into the seaIt is the first time since the March 2011 core meltdowns that rice intended for sale has been planted in any former hot zone within 20 km of the power plant.It is the first time since the March 2011 core meltdowns that rice intended for sale... more
Down in Shimane Prefecture while at Izumo Taisha shrine for their festival, I stumble upon this great little snack - a slice of steak sandwiched between two rice patties wrapped with seaweed. It was really really good!!! It costs about 600 yen and right across from them another shop sells draft beer for 300 Yen.Down in Shimane Prefecture while at Izumo Taisha shrine for their festival, I stumble... more
"High levels of lead have been detected in some imported rice" Read more at http://exm.nr/YP1a27"High levels of lead have been detected in some imported rice" Read more at... more
Oregon star from Iran transferred from Rice after he alleged AD made ethnic slurs against him, othersArsalan Kazemi, who is one of the Oregon Ducks' best players, received a "hardship" waiver from Rice last year, as did two other players from the Middle East.
Hardship waivers, in which a player can transfer to another school without having to sit out a year, are rarely granted by the NCAA, but all three players were granted these waivers after they allege that Rice Athletic Director Rick Greenspan made cracks about "al-Qaida," "terrorists" and "Axis of Evil" to the Iranian and Middle Eastern players, and made another crack about one of the players bombing the school with a backpack.
Rice is denying the allegations.
With Kazemi, who is 6-7 and averages 10 rebounds a game, Oregon is 28-8 and is in the Sweet Sixteen. Without Kazemi, Rice went from 17-15 last year to 5-26 this year.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/-college-basketball-mens-tournament/news/20130329/arsalan-kazemi-rice-racial-allegations/?sct=hp_t2_a2&eref=sihpArsalan Kazemi, who is one of the Oregon Ducks' best players, received a... more
China's health authorities are investigating allegations that genetically modified rice has been tested on Chinese children as part of a research project.
A recent scientific publication suggested that researchers, backed by the US Department of Agriculture, fed experimental genetically engineered golden rice to 24 children in China aged between six and eight years old.
The environmental group Greenpeace is demanding a stop to field trials of the genetically enriched rice, which has been proposed as a solution to vitamin A deficiency, as it says the rice carries environmental and health risks.
China is the world's largest grower of genetically modified (GMO) cotton and the top importer of GMO soybeans but, while Beijing has already approved home-grown strains of GMO rice, it remains cautious about introducing the technology on a commercial basis amid widespread public concern about food safety.
The Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention investigation came after a report last month by environmental group Greenpeace claimed that a U.S. Department of Agriculture-backed study used 24 Chinese children aged between six and eight to test genetically modified 'golden rice'.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2201536/GMO-How-China-US-secretly-tested-genetically-modified-golden-rice-children.html#ixzz26JJqUqwp
Secret...but it's good for you? The BT rice has the pesticides built into the seeds...it kills the bugs and small animals, but then you eat it! These eugenicists at Monsanto, who run the gov't want to kill us all!
You know how you solve a Vitamin A deficiency? Eat naturally grown food or healthy supplements with Vitamin A in it. But, the pharmaceutical companies and doctors on their payroll don't want you to have Vitamin A or B or C or D or E and the list goes on. Your body needs nutrition, not genetically modified processed franken-food and wheat products.China's health authorities are investigating allegations that genetically... more
Eighty per cent of Bangladesh lies on a floodplain less than 5 metres above sea level. As sea levels rise and seasonal storms become more severe, millions of farmers living along the country's southern coast could lose their land and livelihoods, putting the entire country's food security at risk. Fighting against time, six branches of government and international donors work together to help farmers adapt.
http://youtu.be/auFoBr1PaqsEighty per cent of Bangladesh lies on a floodplain less than 5 metres above sea level.... more
A raging public controversy over genetically engineered (GE) rice in China captured media attention in recent months, and has culminated in a surprising win. A few weeks ago, the country’s State Council released a new Draft Food Law1 that, if passed, would protect the genetic resources of China’s food crops and restrict the application of GE technology in its main food crops.
This is significant progress in the effort by farmers and campaigners in China and indeed across Asia to protect the genetic integrity, diversity and heritage of their rice.
http://www.panna.org/blog/china-puts-brakes-ge-riceA raging public controversy over genetically engineered (GE) rice in China captured... more
Although recent rains have put a dent in the Texas drought, a day of reckoning looms for the state’s long-grain rice growers, who pump millions into the economy in Southeast Texas each year and account for about 5 percent of America’s rice production. Come March 1, if there is less than 850,000 acre-feet of water in reservoirs along the Lower Colorado River, water managers will be forced to take the unprecedented step of withholding water from agricultural users, which will mean severe cuts to Texas rice production this year.
According to Bob Rose, chief meteorologist with the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), it’s unlikely that enough rain will fall between now and March 1 to reach the 850,000 acre-feet threshold that was established by a recent agreement between the authority and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. An acre-foot is the amount of water required to cover one acre of land to a depth of one foot, and it amounts to about 326,000 gallons.
As of January 30, the highland lakes that serve as the area’s reservoirs held about 758,000 acre-feet.
“This is going to be a huge, huge deal,” Rose said during a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society in New Orleans. “What’s going to happen is that there will be no water for rice irrigation in the Lower Colorado River Basin this year.”
Driving the Lower Colorado River Authority’s decision-making is the need to ensure there is enough water to meet the demand from Austin, the rapidly growing state capital that is completely reliant on water from the Lower Colorado River, as well as other municipalities and users, such as electric utilities that need water to run power plants.
The agricultural water restrictions would hit three Southeast Texas counties the hardest: Colorado, Matagordo, and Wharton. According to a 2011 analysis by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, the combined direct and indirect economic benefits of rice production and processing in these three counties alone amounts to $675 million, including the support of nearly 9,000 jobs.
“This will be a huge blow to the region’s economy,” Rose told Climate Central. “We have never had a year where we have curtailed their [rice growers’] water or cut them off” completely, he said.
The 2011-12 drought ranks as the state’s most intense one-year drought since records began in 1895. The drought has had major impacts on agriculture in the Lone Star State, particularly for cattle ranchers, causing at least $5.2 billion in agricultural losses during 2011. This includes $1.8 billion in cotton losses, $750 million in lost hay production, and $243 million in wheat losses.
Texas is the largest cattle ranching state in the country, and the dry weather, combined with record summer heat and shortage of affordable feed this year caused many ranchers to cull their herds early or move their cattle to ranches in other states. The Texas cattle herd dropped by 11 percent during 2011, which translates to more than a million head of cattle.
Scientists say the drought is a likely result of a La Nina event in the Pacific Ocean, which tends to depress rainfall totals in Texas, particularly during the winter. However, global warming has likely exacerbated the drought and led to more heat extremes last summer, according to Texas state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon.
More at the linkAlthough recent rains have put a dent in the Texas drought, a day of reckoning looms... more
The Japanese government has banned rice shipments from an area of Fukushima prefecture after tests revealed they contained levels of radioactive caesium that exceed safe limits.
It is the first time the government has banned shipments of rice since an earthquake and tsunami badly damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on 11 March, sending three of its six reactors into meltdown in the worst accident of its kind since Chernobyl.
The rice, from the Onami district in the prefecture's north-east, was being prepared for sale but none had found its way on to the market, reports said.
Tests conducted this week showed that a batch of Onami rice harvested in the autumn contained up to 630 becquerels of caesium per kg, compared with the government's safe limit of 500 becquerels per kg.
The finding prompted the government to order the governor of Fukushima prefecture, Yuhei Sato, to halt all rice shipments from the area's 154 farms.The Japanese government has banned rice shipments from an area of Fukushima prefecture... more
Up to 5 Feet of Rain in 10 Days Spurred by Warming Waters is “One of the Most Dramatic Disasters in its History,”Thailand’s Great Flood Likely to Peak this Weekend and Damage One Quarter of Rice Crop of World’s Top Exporter
No, the main headline wasn’t about Thailand — it was about El Salvador (as is the picture). We’ve been seeing twin uber-deluges this month on opposite sides of the Earth, both spurred by warming waters, as meteorologist and former hurricane hunter Dr. Jeff Masters explains on his blog.
The Thai floods have gotten more attention, because of their epic nature — and global economic impact on rice prices (see below). So let’s start with El Salvador and Central America:
“I want to tell the world that El Salvador is going through one of the most dramatic disasters in its history,” President Mauricio Funes said on national radio and television Wednesday night, as he appealed for international aid. A week of torrential rains across Central America have triggered extreme floods and landslides that have killed 105 people, according to media reports. El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua have declared states of emergency due to the disaster. El Salvador and Guatemala have seen the worst flooding, with 34 and 38 people killed, respectively. Another 18 have died in Honduras, 13 in Nicaragua, and 5 in Costa Rica. The rains were due to a large area of low pressure that was moistened by the landfall of Tropical Depression 12-E near the Mexico/Guatemala border last week.
Contributing to the record-intensity rains were ocean temperatures off the coast of El Salvador that were 0.5 – 1°C above average during the first half of October, allowing more water vapor than usual to evaporate into the air. Over the past ten days, rainfall amounts of over a meter (39.4″) have fallen over a large area of southwest El Salvador (Figure 2.) At Huizucar, an astonishing 1.513 meters (4.96 feet) of rain fell in the past ten days.
Climatologist Kevin Trenberth explained the deluge-warming connection in an interview with Climate Progress last year:
I find it systematically tends to get underplayed and it often gets underplayed by my fellow scientists. Because one of the opening statements, which I’m sure you’ve probably heard is “Well you can’t attribute a single event to climate change.” But there is a systematic influence on all of these weather events now-a-days because of the fact that there is this extra water vapor lurking around in the atmosphere than there used to be say 30 years ago. It’s about a 4% extra amount, it invigorates the storms, it provides plenty of moisture for these storms and it’s unfortunate that the public is not associating these with the fact that this is one manifestation of climate change. And the prospects are that these kinds of things will only get bigger and worse in the future.
The AFP reports that many in Central America do understand the connection between warming and deluging:
Officials have blamed the effects of global warming for the spate of deadly rains and flooding.
“Climate change is not something that is coming in the future, we are already suffering its effects,” said Raul Artiga with the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD).
Here’s a graphic of the “astonishing” amount of rain El Salvador has been hit by:
More at the linkThailand’s Great Flood Likely to Peak this Weekend and Damage One Quarter of... more
Meteorologist Dr. Jeff Masters reports on the staggering floods that have hit Thailand:
Heavy rains in Thailand during September and October have led to extreme flooding that has killed 283 people and caused that nation’s most expensive natural disaster in history. On Tuesday, Thailand’s finance minister put the damage from the floods at $3.9 billion. This makes the floods of 2011 the most expensive disaster in Thai history, surpassing the $1.3 billion price tag of the November 27, 1993 flood, according to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED).
And this is but the latest example of how extreme weather harms global food security (see “Global Food Prices Expected to Climb, Get More Volatile.” As BusinessWeek reported, “Floodwaters have swept across 60 of Thailand’s 77 provinces over the past two months … destroying more than 10 percent of the nation’s rice farms.” Masters notes “Thailand is the world’s largest exporter of rice, so the disaster may put further upward pressure on world food prices, which are already at the highest levels since the late 1970s.”
Eastern Thailand was deluged with 5 feet of rain in September. And there’s more to come:
Some of the highest tides of the month occur this weekend in the capital of Bangkok, and the additional pressure that incoming salt water puts on the flood walls protecting the city is a major concern. A moderate monsoon flow continues over Southeast Asia, and the latest GFS model precipitation forecast foresees an additional 2 – 5 inches of rain over most of Thailand during the next three days.
More at the linkMeteorologist Dr. Jeff Masters reports on the staggering floods that have hit... more
NOTE: When they're not having their markets destroyed by GM contamination, U.S. rice farmers are suffering serious harm from the massive applications of glyphosate onto the Roundup Ready crops around them. The damage can include young rice crops being killed, thinned or burned off, as well as significantly decreased yields, deformed kernels and problems with milling, when the rice is harvested.
Glyphosate drift to rice a problem for all of us
Mike Wagner, President, Mississippi Rice Council
Farm Press, May 12 2011
[Editor's note: the following commentary was adapted from a speech by Mike Wagner, rice farmer and president of the Mississippi Rice Council, at this year's Mississippi Agricultural Aviation Association meeting.]
Airplanes and ground applicators have been used to apply amendments to rice crops in Mississippi since the mid-1950s, and the interests and success of rice producers and aerial aviators have become intricately intertwined.
In the late 1990s, technology inserted into cotton, soybeans, and corn allowed over-the-top application of glyphosate onto those crops. The technology immediately revolutionized the production systems for those crops.
The U.S. rice industry never adapted the glyphosate-resistant technology for fear that its product - consumed with virtually no processing - would be forsaken by consumers worldwide. And so, non-transgenic rice is planted in a sea of genetically modified crops that are tolerant to glyphosate.
For years, this seemed to pose no real problem or threat. In the early to mid part of the last decade, however, reports of rice damaged by glyphosate drift began to surface with increasing frequency. Rice specialists noticed that rice that had no obvious damage through the growing season would yield and mill poorly and would exhibit the classic trait associated with late glyphosate drift — the kernel would be shaped like a parrot beak instead of its normally elongated, symmetrical shape.
In 2006, immediately after most crops were planted in the Delta, a wet and windy period set in. Airplanes set out to spray cotton, corn, and soybean fields plagued with weeds. Not many thought much of it at first.
By mid-May, however, reports of dead rice and rice burned off to the ground began to surface. Soon the reports were widespread. It was estimated that 30,000 to 50,000 acres of rice were damaged or destroyed that year by glyphosate.
So much glyphosate seemed to go out in such a short time over such a large area that it was often difficult to identify the offenders. Many farmers were never compensated for damages.
The extensive damage to what was already an economically challenging crop did not set well with Mississippi's rice industry. Frustrations were on two levels: (1) penalties often seemed insignificant and violators (especially repeat violators) were given what our industry perceived to be a wrist-slapping, and (2) the level of liability insurance coverage was in many cases not enough to cover one claim, much less multiple claims.
Mississippi's rice farmers petitioned the state capitol and the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce for change and got it. The responsibility for the dispensing of penalties for aerial applicators found in violation of rules was given to the Bureau of Plant Industry. Aerial applicators and ground applicators now work with the same penalty structure, commonly called the Penalty Matrix. This provides a uniform system of penalty assessment among all applicators, aerial and ground, and penalties are now meted out in uniform fashion.
In addition, after careful consideration the MAAA acted to increase their minimal liability insurance requirements from $100,000 to $300,000, with a $500,000 aggregate.
One can divide the window of timing and the types of damage that glyphosate drift onto rice can have into two periods.
The first is from emergence to flooding. Rice hit at this time could be thinned, burned off to the ground only to re-emerge in various maturity and health stages, or killed. In some cases, with increased expense, it can be managed so that the crop grows out of the damage and goes on to make a normal or somewhat reduced yield.
If the young crop is killed, it can be replanted with rice (which research indicates will generally suffer a yield loss), or if pre-emerge herbicides applied to the rice allow, the land can be planted to an alternate crop.
Either effort will increase production costs and generally produce a crop with decreased yield potential.
The second distinct period that glyphosate damage occurs - and by far the most detrimental - is from a short time before internode elongation to the time when the crop begins to dry down. Mississippi's rice crop generally begins its internode elongation period around June 1, and it is at this time that much yield potential is set.
Damage inflicted by derelict glyphosate during this period is often invisible and not noticed until harvest. Damage is characterized by significantly decreased yields and milling and the rice often exhibits the first signal that it has been hit with drift — kernels shaped like a parrot's beak.
Damage occurring at this time does not allow for an alternate crop to be replanted. Consequently, the farmer has two nooses around his neck: (1) he is stuck with a crop that will generate lower revenues, and (2) he has already incurred nearly all expenses that are associated with that crop. With anticipated 2011 direct expenses between $450 and $600 per acre and indirect expenses ranging from $200 to $300 per acre — total expenses range from $650 to $900 per acre — one can see that any losses can be staggering. This is a losing proposition for our rice industry, and one that continues to occur. Our alarm is warranted.
cont.NOTE: When they're not having their markets destroyed by GM contamination, U.S.... more
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After months of silence, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice finally has her review ready of the charges in former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s memoir that she was never critical of George W. Bush’s positions and was ill-equipped for a senior administration role: “He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”
Rice had declined interview requests on Rumsfeld’s book, “Known and Unknown,” since it hit the bookshelves in February, but in a question-and-answer feature with The New York Times Magazine that will be in Sunday’s issue, Rice said Rumsfeld’s take on her time as secretary of state and, before that, as national security adviser, could only have been invented.
“I don’t think he was ever in the room with the president and me when I would follow the president from a national security meeting and tell him precisely what was going on in that room,” Rice told the Times. “We tended to do it privately.”
Rumsfeld also suggested that Rice did not have the skills to manage a major government office. “She’d been an academic. And, you know, a lot of academics like to have meetings,” he said in one interview. “And they like to bridge differences and get people all to be happy.”
But Rice countered that her academic experience as provost of Stanford University was not so modest and “not so easy.” She added: “I don’t know what Don was trying to say, and it really doesn’t matter. Don can be a grumpy guy. We all know that.”
The interview reached beyond her time in the Bush administration as Rice said Harry Truman was the greatest president since World War II, even including “my great hero, Ronald Reagan.”
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/53814.html#ixzz1Kkb0P500After months of silence, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice finally has her... more
A unit of Germany's Bayer AG has been ordered by a court in Arkansas to pay $136.8 million to Riceland Foods over the contamination of U.S. long grain rice stocks with a genetically modified strain from Bayer that decimated exports more than four years ago.
The judgment, handed down by a jury in Stuttgart, Arkansas, includes $125 million in punitive damages to Riceland, a farmers cooperative.
Bayer said it is "disappointed" with the verdict and is considering its legal options. It said the punitive damages exceed what is permitted by Arkansas law and will therefore be limited to the statutory cap of $1 million.
The judgment also includes $16.9 million in compensatory damages, with Bayer CropScience accountable for 70 percent, or $11.8 million, according to the plaintiff's attorney.
"We believe it's the largest punitive award in Arkansas in any case," said attorney Barry Deacon with the Jonesboro, Arkansas law firm Barrett & Deacon.
The award follows several others in U.S. courts where the agricultural biotech firm has repeatedly been found negligent for allowing a strain of genetically modified long grain rice to contaminate U.S. supplies, leading importers like the European Union, to halt purchases.
A spokesman for Riceland did not immediately return a call seeking comment.A unit of Germany's Bayer AG has been ordered by a court in Arkansas to pay... more
For years, whenever it was suggested that the American super-rich should pay more in taxes, the Right’s media machine would blast out complaints about “class warfare.”
However, it’s now clear that the “class warfare” was being waged from above – and the rich were winning, big time – finally leaving the middle- and working-classes little choice but to fight back, a difficult reality that Danny Schechter addresses in this guest essay:http://www.consortiumnews.com/2011/030611a.html For years, whenever it was... more
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A financial crisis opens up cheap markets, businesses and thrifty labor for the elites of a dominating economy. The excessive consciousness of class warfare tends to reemerge under these conditions. The globalist economy of today has not escaped this simple reminder of inequality. This is why our crisis has been a psychological war, hosted by the spokesmen of our elites, performed by our nation’s politicians, with the help of certain acquiescent world leaders and propagandized by the well paid mainstream media.A financial crisis opens up cheap markets, businesses and thrifty labor for the elites... more