Brazil: The Ka’apor people need our support! – Rainforest Rescue

Indigenous Ka'apor people – children, women and men – join hands and form a circle in the rainforest

The indigenous Ka’apor people are calling for our support: Their ancestral rainforest is being plundered by loggers, miners and land grabbers. The Ka’apor are not taking the encroachment lying down, even though they face intimidation, assault and even murder. Please tell the Brazilian authorities to finally take action!

Source: Brazil: The Ka’apor people need our support! – Rainforest Rescue

What’s up with GE mosquitoes? | Pesticide Action Network

…an independent peer-reviewed study from Yale University revealed that after two years of continual releases of the GE mosquitoes at a test site in Brazil, populations of A. aegypti were not reduced. Further, the GE mosquitoes actually bred with the A. aegypti population. The resulting hybrid mosquitoes may be more aggressive, difficult to eradicate, and may actually increase the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.

In addition to these ineffective and potentially disastrous outcomes, it doesn’t make sense to conduct the experiment in California. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that California doesn’t have any cases of the diseases in question, and A. aegypti isn’t even prevalent in the state. It’s a lose-lose all around.

 

Source: What’s up with GE mosquitoes? | Pesticide Action Network

Avian flu illustrates flaws in industrial ag | Pesticide Action Network

Smaller, diversified farms limit the risk

The recent HPAI outbreak is just one of the reasons I continue to push the idea that people, like you and me, should continue to source their food from local growers who raise poultry and other foods on a smaller scale, when possible.  This is also why I believe we need to stop protecting, subsidizing, and encouraging the industrial model for food production.  There have been at least three recent opportunities to learn the lesson that large corporate models for food production handle catastrophes poorly, with the COVID-19 pandemic and two bird flu outbreaks in the last decade.  I don’t know about you, but I do not feel a need for another such lesson.

If we put more people on the land and promoted and supported small-scale, diversified operations, I believe there would be two desirable outcomes:

  1. Prices would stabilize

  2. Our food supply would respond less dramatically to catastrophic events

Farms like ours prefer to set a price that gives us a reasonable margin to cover our expenses.  There is no benefit to us or you if we bounce our prices up and down in response to perceived supply and demand.  This is food we’re talking about –  playing games with pricing is not appropriate.  And yet, that’s exactly what happens when profit is the ultimate goal in food production.

When monetary profits are the focus of the food industry rather than the production of healthy, quality food, our food system is set up for failure when difficult times happen.  When corporate interests are the driving force in food production rather than fair pricing for edibles produced by people who care for the land and their communities, it is more likely that extreme events will create even more havoc than they already have.

Source: Avian flu illustrates flaws in industrial ag | Pesticide Action Network

Anti-vaccine Beverly Hills doctor sentenced to prison for Capitol riot – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

FILE – Dr. Simone Gold speaks to a large crowd inside The Elephant in the Room in Jenks during a Frontline Doctor’s Uncensored Truth Tour event on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.(John Clanton/Tulsa World via AP, File)

A Beverly Hills doctor who is a leading figure in the anti-vaccine movement was sentenced on Thursday to two months in prison for storming the U.S. Capitol, where she delivered speeches to rioters during the mob’s attack.

U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper in Washington, D.C., also sentenced Dr. Simone Gold to 12 months of supervised release after her 60-day prison term and ordered her to pay a $9,500 fine. She can report to prison at a date to be determined.

Gold, a former emergency room physician, said she deeply regrets entering the Capitol during the riot on Jan. 6, 2021, and didn’t intend to get involved in an event that was “so destructive to our nation.”

“It’s the opposite of who I am,” she told Cooper.

Gold founded America’s Frontline Doctors. a group known for purveying COVID-19 misinformation. The Beverly Hills-based doctor, a Stanford Law School graduate, has over 480,000 followers on Twitter. She has condemned COVID-19 lockdowns and promoted the use of unproven and potentially dangerous drugs as coronavirus treatments.

The judge told Gold that her anti-vaccine activism wasn’t a factor in her sentencing. Cooper said Gold wasn’t a “casual bystander” on Jan. 6.

The judge also said Gold’s organization has misled supporters into believing her prosecution was politically motivated and trampled on her free speech rights. Cooper called it “unseemly” that America’s Frontline Doctors has invoked the Capitol riot in raising money, including for her salary.

“I think that is a real disservice to the true victims of that day,” he said.

Gold pleaded guilty in March to entering and remaining in a restricted building, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison.

 

Source: Anti-vaccine Beverly Hills doctor sentenced to prison for Capitol riot – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Singapore company to ship 4.5M pounds of baby formula base powder to U.S. – UPI.com

Singapore-based Mead Johnson Nutrition/Reckitt plans to ship 4.5 million pounds of the base powder used to make Enfamil Stage 1 to the United States help counter the ongoing shortage of baby formula, the Food and Drug Administration announced.

The FDA said Wednesday that the base powder will be used to produce some 5.7 million cans of baby formula, the equivalent of about 66 million 8-ounce bottles.

 

Source: Singapore company to ship 4.5M pounds of baby formula base powder to U.S. – UPI.com