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Scientists Find Post-Tsunami Radiation in Sea Kelp, Seek to Expand Research
Scientists found radioactive kelp locally following Japan nuclear disaster
By Melissa Pamer
| Thursday, Apr 5, 2012 | Updated 5:43 PM PDT
Scientists Find Radiation in Food Chain
Giant kelp off Southern California --such as the plants displayed here from the California Science Center -- were found to harbor radioactive iodine after Japan's nuclear disaster.
Two scientists who found radiation in sea kelp along the Southern California coast after Japan’s 2011 tsunami-induced nuclear disaster now hope to study whether contamination may be present in fish such as opaleye and other ocean creatures, including lobster and sea urchin.
The two researchers – from California State University, Long Beach – are hoping to expand on their recently published study showing that giant kelp contained up to 250 times the normal levels of a radioisotope of iodine in the weeks after last year's earthquake and resulting tsunami severely damaged Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant.
Kelp is the tall, wavy, green algae that provides near-shore habitat for many marine species, some of which eat the plant.
Tests showed that contamination in the kelp was gone within a month, and there’s no risk to humans from the Iodine-131 radiation. Still, the research indicates that radiation from the damaged Japanese nuclear facility reached California.
“Of course it’s cause for concern – because you don’t find this naturally in kelp or fish. It can’t be a positive thing. It also tells you that what happens half a world away can be detected,” said Cal State biology professor Steven Manley, a co-author of the study.
Manley and his co-author, marine biology professor Chris Lowe, hope next to find out whether other kinds of nuclear contamination – two radioisotopes of cesium that break down much more slowly than the Iodine-131 – are found in California marine life, including kelp and fish.
Those two cesium radioisotopes were found to contaminate waters around Japan, according to preliminary results of a study published this week by an international team of scientists.
“Our coastal environment is pretty complex. We get a lot of our food out there,” Manley said. “We should be monitoring it for these radioisotopes.”
Lowe wants to trace the concentration of radioactive cesium up the food chain in Southern California.
“Our question is: How much gets into the ocean? Kelp is really kind of the basis for the food web and is important habitat for many of our coastal marine animals,” Lowe said. “The next step is to look at organisms that eat kelp. “
Kelp is consumed by sea urchin and some fish, including opaleye, halfmoon and senorita, according to the study. Urchin are in turn eaten by lobster and some large fish species that could be consumed by humans.
Getting funding for the future research shouldn’t be a problem, given the attention that Lowe and Manley have gotten for their recent study, which was published last month in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. The study was first reported by nonprofit Environmental Health News and on Scientific American’s website.
A month after the earthquake after Japan, the Long Beach pair obtained kelp samples from seven sites along the coast: the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County; Crystal Cove, Laguna Beach and Corona del Mar in Orange County; and farther north in Santa Barbara, Pacific Grove and Santa Cruz.
Kelp from Corona del Mar had the highest concentration of radioactive iodine, up to 250 times the amount found in kelp before the Japanese nuclear reactor spewed radiation in the atmosphere.
Lowe said they believe the Corona del Mar site was more contaminated because a lot of urban runoff goes through the area – meaning radiation-contaminated rain would have accumulated there.
The scientists chose to study kelp – which grows from the ocean floor up to the surface, where it floats – because it is especially good at absorbing iodine from both the water and the atmosphere.
Lowe compared kelp to the badge that X-ray technicians where to show how much radiation they’ve been exposed to.
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VANCOUVER — Measures announced in last week's budget suggest the Harper government has decided to drop any pretence of being green.
The document's lack of environmental conscience has Green party leader Elizabeth May seeing red. The MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands declares on her party's website that the budget is "the worst in the history of Canada.
"This is devastating," May stated. "This is a war on the environment. It cannot go unchallenged."
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, meanwhile, expresses concern the budget makes only two "passing references" to the term 'climate change.' Two additional references to climate, the centre reports, refer to the investment climate.
Other critics predict the government's posture will be counterproductive, fuelling civil disobedience and public protests as well as legal action against contentious resource developments.
Specifically, the budget:
- Mandates cuts of $88 million to Environment Canada, $79 million to Fisheries and Oceans and $29 million to Parks Canada, over three years;
- Slashes the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency's budget by 40 per cent, and sets clear timelines for environmental reviews to speed approvals for industrial projects. This measure will apply retroactively to the B.C. Northern Gateway Pipeline. (Its review hearing was cancelled Monday in the midst of a grassroots protest in Bella Bella.)
- Adds $8 million to the Canada Revenue Agency's budget for audits aimed at stripping charitable status from groups exceeding a 10-per-cent political advocacy limit in their spending;
- Kills off the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy and its budget of $5.2 million, which was charged with providing policy analysis and advice to government.VANCOUVER — Measures announced in last week's budget suggest the Harper... more
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Federal agency bars Edison from restarting San Onofre plant
Los Angeles Times | March 27, 2012 | 2:52 p.m.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, citing serious concerns about equipment failures at the San Onofre nuclear plant, on Tuesday barred plant operator Southern California Edison from restarting the plant until the problems are thoroughly understood and fixed.
.Los Angeles Times Breaking news . Federal agency bars Edison from restarting... more
Scientists long have known that butterfly wings contain tiny scales that serve as natural solar collectors to enable butterflies, which cannot generate enough heat from their own metabolism, to remain active in the cold.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120326160655.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29Scientists long have known that butterfly wings contain tiny scales that serve as... more
Dolphins in Barataria Bay off Louisiana, which was hit hard by the BP oil spill in 2010, are seriously ill, and their ailments are probably related to toxic substances in the petroleum, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration suggested on Friday.
As part of an ongoing assessment of damages caused by the three-month spill, which began with an explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico, NOAA scientists performed comprehensive physicals last summer on 32 dolphins from the bay. They found problems like drastically low weight, low blood sugar and, in some cases, cancer of the liver and lungs.
Yet the most common symptom among the dolphins, found in about half the group, was an abnormally low level of stress hormones like cortisol. Such hormones regulate many functions in the animal, including the immune system and responses to threats. Scientists said the dearth of hormones suggested that the animals were suffering from adrenal insufficiency.
Lori Schwacke, the lead scientist for the health assessment, said the findings were preliminary and could not be conclusively linked to the oil spill at this point. But she said the exams were also conducted on control groups of dolphins that live along the Atlantic coast and in other areas that were not affected by the 2010 spill and that those dolphins did not manifest those symptoms.
“The findings we have are also consistent with other studies that have looked at the effects of oil exposure in other mammals,” Dr. Schwacke added, citing experimental studies of mink that were dosed with oil. Some of those minks developed adrenal insufficiency.
More at the linkDolphins in Barataria Bay off Louisiana, which was hit hard by the BP oil spill in... more
Southwest Australia has been ravaged by agriculture and mining. The Noongar people have endured what I hate to say is worse treatment than any American on reservation land. Eugenics and racial cleansing have been a staple of thier modern existance. Kids became property of the state, marriage something that had to be approved by government and blood lines scrutinized down to 1/126. The act of gathering a crime and interacting inside a city such as Perth could only be allowed through a permit process. The Australian government is trying to use monetary settlement as a means to continue its destruction of one of the most biologically diverse and ecologically threatened places in the world.Southwest Australia has been ravaged by agriculture and mining. The Noongar people... more
Graceful World Change: Meaningful, Fun and Empowering
I have heard that the next stage in world change, the big one,
is going to be to be one of grace and beauty.
I see world change occurring now in articles and applications on the internet.
I hear it in the vocabulary of people I interact with on a daily basis, in the news, and in movies.
You can hear the change coming in the new normal core vocabulary.
Carried on the lips and in the written words of humans is the cure.
The world is breaking loose of its dogmatic ideals and evolving around its living ideas.
The world is becoming aware of itself.
A world looking at itself as a world needing change and balance.
I have been developing ideas around graceful change, designing ideas to make real and meaningful change fun.
I have been testing these ideas in the social networks I am building.
First, I am an artist. I envision painting the world with a big brush. The brush I have chosen is flash mob applications.
A flash mob.
Google it, watch a flash mob on YouTube.
Flash mobs are large groups of people that coordinate their efforts on the internet.
Flash mobs organize and may choreograph their abstract expressions of art or acts, choose a location and time to meet,
and then perform as a flash mob.
Flash mob community renovation projects.
The idea I am developing now is a community trash removal flash mob.
This is how I imagine it working: Participants in the community take pictures of build-ups of trash in their neighborhoods.
The participants then down load their pictures to a localized flash mob website with the location of the trash build up.
Once a week a trash build-up site is chosen from the pictures of the citizen that reported trash.
The flash mob meets at the chosen site.
The flash mob removes all the trash and then films the activity, all within an hour or so.
The filmmakers then up load their videos of the flash (trash) mob onto YouTube to
raise awareness of litter and trash.
The flash mob filmmakers do audits of the trash removed, giving insight to the types of trash
that litter our communities, our roads, our rivers and our oceans.
The idea is to be able to replicate this idea in any community with massive positive impact.
Installing organic orchards with flash mobs.
This is how I imagine it happening: Let's say we are going to plant an orchard. I envision participants going
to YouTube and watching a video on how to plant a tree.
At the end of the video, participants would take a short comprehension test.
After taking the test, they would receive a reservation number giving them a time and place
to attend and participate in the flash mob orchard planting.
An orchard is planted by the same people who one day may eat from it.
Harvesting crops with flash mobs.
Imagine the picking of an orchard or any variety of hand pick able crops using flash mobs.
Of course, a YouTube video with a comprehension test would be a must for sanitary reasons
and picking methods. I imagine the flash mob picking could be choreographed to be graceful
(of coarse all filmed) so as not to damage the fruit or vegetable. A slow motion act of grace.
The act of participating in a flash mob gives the individual a feeling of being a part of some thing bigger
than oneself; a feeling of belonging. A sense of connection to the world and the people in it.
Thank you for your readership and following.
my blog; http://sethgezzsoupscoop.blogspot.com/
Note: I have a follow-up story I will write later this week. I went to Shasta Community College
in Redding, CA and received a overwhelming response and interest.Graceful World Change: Meaningful, Fun and Empowering I have heard that the next... more
(NaturalNews) Here on NaturalNews, we often spend so much time talking about what's wrong with the world that we sometimes neglect to give sufficient attention to the real solutions that exist right in front of our eyes. One of the most powerful solutions for sustainability, abundance, health and liberty is, simply, hemp.
Hemp is poised to revolutionize our nation and our world. It's decriminalization would be a boon to American farmers and a godsend to our economy. Hemp produces super-strong fibers, oils, seeds, medicines and much more. With it, American industry can create textiles, building materials, dietary supplements, food, eco-friendly lubricants and even car parts!
To help celebrate this extraordinary plant and what it has to offer to our global economy, Nutiva, ELEVATE, The Luminaries, Aishah and Clayton Joseph Scott have teamed up to create Hemp Can Save the World. It's a groovy hip-hop ode to the extraordinary benefits of hemp, performed by a band of happy hempsters flying and bounding through a computer-generated 3D world of hemp highlights. Yeah, it delivers all that without even using drugs!
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/035244_hemp_save_the_world_music_video.html#ixzz1pc8cf0gg
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Wish we would focus on the development of solar, as hard as we do the search for fossil fuels, before it's too late! No more drillin' and spillin' of Oil, Corporate can't beat solar's delivery logistics-angular perspective, planetary rotation is all you need. No more tankers, trucks, pumps, gas stations, tank farms, or wars of acquisition fought; disguised as liberation. Just pure sunlight, we are using oil to consume ourselves (...and all life, for that matter) right out of a perfectly good planet,
"A small Mississippi solar panel factory that, until this week, had been working in semi-secrecy, claims that its unique manufacturing process allows photovoltaic panels to be produced at almost half the cost of conventional methods. The key, according to Twin Creeks Technologies, is in the thinness of its monocrystalline wafers, dramatically reducing the material required.
Where conventional solar wafers can be sliced down to about 180 micrometers in thickness, Twin Creeks is able to produce laminas only 20 micrometers wide using what it calls its "Hyperion" manufacturing system.
This system employs a technique Twin Creeks calls Proton Induced Exfoliation. During this process, hydrogen ions are embedded into layers within standard silicon monocrystalline wafers without altering the wafer's inherent characteristics. The ions are embedded using a high-voltage, high-current ion accelerator which Twin Creeks CEO Siva Sivaram told Technology Review is "10 times more powerful" than any accelerator commercially available. The embedded depth is precisely controlled via the voltage of the accelerator beam.
When the ion layer is heated inside a furnace, a thin lamina of the host wafter is separated from the rest. The process can be repeated with the same wafer to extract up 10 usable layers. A metal-coating is applied to each layer to add strength.
Twin Creeks claims that only 10 percent of a standard wafer performs useful work. Though the company has not announced specific performance figures for panels created with its technology, it says that solar cells, LEDs and other devices made with its skinny laminae have "similar or better levels of performance" than those made using conventional wafers.
Though conventional solar wafer thickness has come down over the years, the 20-micrometer wafer available now is a disruptive breakthough. But rather than position itself as usurper, Twin Creeks seems to be pitching its manufacturing technology to established solar panel manufacturers rather than selling solar cells itself. The company claims that a factory equipped with its technology can manufacture solar cells for 40 cents per Watt. By comparison First Solar, which positions itself as the "premier provider of comprehensive PV solar systems", announced only last month that it had cut costs to 73 cents per Watt.
Research technologies (thin-wafers included) that threaten to multiply the efficiency of photovoltaic panels emerge with clockwork regularity, but generally such developments are far from proven at the commercial level. By contrast, Twin Creeks claims its Hyperion 3 systems are available for shipment immediately, and can individually produce 1.5 million skinny wafers—sufficient for over 6MW of solar cells—per year.
The exfoliation method is also applicable to germanium, silicon carbide, gallium nitride and other III-V compounds. Though Twin Creeks' initial focus is on solar cells, it claims its process is suitable in the manufacture of LEDs, power electronics equipment, image sensors and 3D packaging."Wish we would focus on the development of solar, as hard as we do the search for... more
Dr. Daniel Fine of the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy discusses North Carolina's approach to shale gas and hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." Fine offered these comments during a Feb. 27, 2012, presentation to the John Locke Foundation's Shafesbury Society. Video courtesy of CarolinaJournal.tv. Watch full-length video of JLF events here: http://www.johnlocke.org/events/videos.html
Dr. Daniel I. Fine works with the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy. He is a longtime research associate at the Mining and Minerals Resources Institute, MIT. Fine is also a policy adviser on nonconventional oil and gas. He is co-editor of Resource War in 3-D: Dependence, Diplomacy and Defense, and has contributed to Business Week, the Engineering and Mining Journal and the Washington Times. Fine has testified on strategic natural resources before the U.S. Senate committees on Foreign Affairs and Energy and Natural Resources. In this speech, he discusses "Shale Gas Wars: From Pennsylvania to North Carolina."
http://youtu.be/4Lbn9diK1PADr. Daniel Fine of the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy discusses North... more
When you click on the link, go about halfway down the page and you will notice the "Download Free PDF Summary"
It is a good summary of global climate temperatures that was presented by the authors in 2006...before all of the finger pointing and so-called Climategate.When you click on the link, go about halfway down the page and you will notice the... more
PIMA COUNTY, AZ – The U.S. Department of Interior has released a Chupacabra into Arizona in an attempt to get the State to repeal their new immigration law.
After the U.S. Justice Department filed suit Tuesday against Arizona, Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar had the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service release the Chupacabra or “goat sucker” into Saguaro National Park in Pima County. Salazar, acting on orders from President Obama, said, “We are encouraging Arizonans to repeal their immigration law before it goes into affect on July 29th, or we will be forced to release more Chupacabras into Arizona towns, cities and Home Depot parking lots.”
Upon learning of the release of the creature into her state, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer was defiant, “Bring it on! We’ve dealt with aliens, monsters and mutants in Arizona for the last fifty years – especially since Don Imus moved into the state. Arizonans don’t scare easy. The feds can send in a Bigfoot Army if they want, we will take them on. And we will win!”
White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, told Wolf Blitzer at CNN, that the U.S. government will use “any means necessary” to get the people of Arizona to comply with U.S. Immigration laws. When Major Garrett of Fox News pointed out that Arizona seems to be in full compliance with existing federal immigration laws, Gibbs shouted “Chupacabra! Chupacabra! Chupacabra!”
There is a good deal of mystery surrounding the Chupacabra. Some believe the Chupacabra (much like Immigration Reform) is a myth – something that never has or never will exist. Some witnesses believe the Chupacabra to be a small half-alien, half-dinosaur, others think he is a tailless vampire with quills running down its back and still others believe him to be a panther like creature with a long snake-like tongue.
State authorities advise Arizona residents to avoid making any contact with the Chupacabra. Federal authorities, on the other hand, advise Arizonans to approach and pet the Chupacabra.
In related news, Governor Jan Brewer found a horse’s head in her bed when she returned home on Tuesday night. Authorities have not determined who placed the head in the Governor’s mansion, though one eyewitness said he saw White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, riding a donkey nearby.PIMA COUNTY, AZ – The U.S. Department of Interior has released a Chupacabra... more
(NaturalNews) Can you imagine making a profit by killing or maiming millions of innocent men, women and children - everyday? Companies like, The Dow Chemical Company, DuPont and Monsanto produce some of the deadliest pesticides on the planet. These pesticides are slowly killing people (everyday) and damaging our environment for generations to come.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/035178_pesticides_chemicals_agriculture.html#ixzz1oZkSln6j
Hey global warming hypocrites...plants need CO2 to grow, not pesticides.
Get your priorities straight, losers.(NaturalNews) Can you imagine making a profit by killing or maiming millions of... more
- Save energy by living, cleaning, and traveling green this Spring!
Peruse these spring-themed and year-round green tips for ways to make even a small difference in helping to save our environment.- Save energy by living, cleaning, and traveling green this Spring! Peruse these... more
Mother Nature Network...
Japan tsunami debris charts a course across the ocean
Like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, debris from the March 2011 tsunami is expected to begin washing up on shores, including the Hawaiian Islands.
By Brett Israel, OurAmazingPlanetWed, Feb 29 2012 at 11:55 AM EST
OUT TO SEA: An aerial view of debris from an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck northern Japan. (Photo: U.S. Navy/AFLO/ZUMA Press)
The tsunami triggered by the devastating earthquake that struck off the east coast of Japan on March 11, 2011, produced an estimated 25 million tons of debris. Much of this debris was swept out into the Pacific Ocean as the waters retreated.
The new animation shows its probable path, which is helpful to shipping traffic since some of the debris is dangerously large. Debris-tracking missions have already found two fishing vessels that were carried out to sea by the tsunami.
Where it's heading
Since that magnitude 9.0 quake, the debris that has stayed afloat has drifted apart due to winds and ocean currents, with most of it moving eastward. Scientists have predicted the debris could wash up along the West Coast of the United States by next year. It is expected to hit Midway Atoll this winter and the main Hawaiian Islands in the winter of 2012-2013.
All is clear at the Midway Atoll so far this winter, though. The ocean currents have kept any debris away, said Jan Hafner of the International Pacific Research Center, who is part of the team that modeled the debris path.
"The currents are changing constantly and we expect the tsunami debris to reach there soon," Hafner told OurAmazingPlanet.
The debris has dispersed and is not visible by satellites, so scientists deployed hundreds of high-tech devices to help monitor the path of the debris, which could be hazardous to ships, marine life and coastlines.
A few big pieces of debris have turned up. At the end of September 2011, a Russian ship reported the edge of the debris field 250 miles (400 kilometers) northwest of Midway. About 100 miles (161 km) farther on, the ship found a 20-foot-long (6 meters) boat from Fukushima, which was identified by its markings.
Along the West Coast of North America, news reports have suggested that debris is already arriving. Debris from Asia, however, routinely washes up here, so scientists are cautious before confirming any debris they find is from the tsunami.
"If an unusually large amount of unusual types of debris washes on a beach, that is an indication of debris from the tsunami," Hafner said.
Scientists also look for identifying markers, such as registration numbers, Hafner said.
One of the fishing vessels had markings on the wheelhouse of the boat that showed its homeport to be in Fukushima Prefecture, the area hardest hit by the massive tsunami.
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has urged anyone that spots potential tsunami debris to report it by emailing DisasterDebris@noaa.gov.
.Mother Nature Network... . Japan tsunami debris charts a course across the ocean... more
The northeast Libyan town of Tawergha, formerly home to about 40,000 people, is now a “ghost town” after intense fighting last year ended in the city’s capture and the total displacement of its population. oday, Tawergha is marked by scores of empty buildings and houses, many of which are either burnt out or reduced to rubble. NATO airstrikes on pro-Gaddafi strongholds devastated much of the city during the battle of Tawergha in August 2011. Rebel militias explained that a number of houses in the town were used by Gaddafi loyalists to stock heavy weapons and artillery and that citizens of Tawergha were used as human shields during the conflict ------- http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/43053-libya-tawergha-city-of-former-slaves-no-longer-exists-ethnic-cleansing-and-genocideThe northeast Libyan town of Tawergha, formerly home to about 40,000 people, is now a... more
Sustainability and eco-consciousness were not lost amidst the glitz and glamor of the 84th Academy Awards. Thanks to her Green Carpet Challenge...Sustainability and eco-consciousness were not lost amidst the glitz and glamor of the... more
On February 24, Judge Naomi Buchwald handed down her ruling on a motion to dismiss in the case of Organic Seed Growers and Trade Assn et al v. Monsanto after hearing oral argument on January 31st in Federal District Court in Manhattan. Her ruling to dismiss the case brought against Monsanto on behalf of organic farmers, seed growers and agricultural organizations representing farmers and citizens was met with great disappointment by the plaintiffs.
Plaintiff lead attorney Daniel Ravicher said, “While I have great respect for Judge Buchwald, her decision to deny farmers the right to seek legal protection from one of the world’s foremost patent bullies is gravely disappointing. Her belief that farmers are acting unreasonable when they stop growing certain crops to avoid being sued by Monsanto for patent infringement should their crops become contaminated maligns the intelligence and integrity of those farmers. Her failure to address the purpose of the Declaratory Judgment Act and her characterization of binding Supreme Court precedent that supports the farmers’ standing as ‘wholly inapposite’ constitute legal error. In sum, her opinion is flawed on both the facts and the law. Thankfully, the plaintiffs have the right to appeal to the Court of Appeals, which will review the matter without deference to her findings.”
Monsanto’s history of aggressive investigations and lawsuits brought against farmers in America have been a source of concern for organic and non-GMO farmers since Monsanto’s first lawsuit brought against a farmer in the mid-90′s. Since then, 144 farmers have had lawsuits brought against them by Monsanto for alleged violations of their patented seed technology. Monsanto has brought charges against more than 700 additional farmers who have settled out-of-court rather than face Monsanto’s belligerent litigious actions. Many of these farmers claim to not have had the intention to grow or save seeds that contain Monsanto’s patented genes. Seed drift and pollen drift from genetically engineered crops often contaminate neighboring fields. If Monsanto’s seed technology is found on a farmer’s land without contract they can be found liable for patent infringement.
“Family farmers need the protection of the court,” said Maine organic seed farmer Jim Gerritsen, President of lead plaintiff OSGATA. ”We reject as naïve and undefendable the judge’s assertion that Monsanto’s vague public relations ‘commitment’ should be ‘a source of comfort’ to plaintiffs. The truth is we are under threat and we do not believe Monsanto. The truth is that American farmers and the American people do not believe Monsanto. Family farmers deserve our day in court and this flawed ruling will not deter us from continuing to seek justice.”
The plaintiffs brought this suit against Monsanto to seek judicial protection from such lawsuits and challenge the validity of Monsanto’s patents on seeds.
“As a citizen and property owner, I find the Order by the Federal Court to be obsequious to Monsanto,” said plaintiff organic farmer Bryce Stephens of Kansas. ”The careless, inattentive, thoughtless and negligent advertisement Monsanto has published on their website to not exercise its patent rights for inadvertent trace contamination belies the fact that their policy is in reality a presumptuous admission of contamination by their vaunted product on my property, plants, seeds and animals.”
“Seeds are the memory of life,” said Isaura Anduluz of plaintiff Cuatro Puertas and the Arid Crop Seed Cache in New Mexico. ”If planted and saved annually, cross pollination ensures the seeds continue to adapt. In the Southwest, selection over many, many generations has resulted in native drought tolerant corn. Now that a patented drought tolerant corn has been released how do we protect our seeds from contamination and our right to farm?”
A copy of Judge Buchwalds ruling is located here.
I watched a limited time free online viewing of a documentary called, "Fresh" last night and I started to have some hope that the organic/real/natural farming was gaining ground to now see how this corrupt judge sells out to Al Gore, Bill Gates and Monsanto pisses me off.On February 24, Judge Naomi Buchwald handed down her ruling on a motion to dismiss in... more