U.S. dairy industry petitions FDA to approve aspartame as hidden, unlabeled additive in milk, yogurt, eggnog and cream

U.S. dairy industry petitions FDA to approve aspartame as hidden, unlabeled additive in milk, yogurt, eggnog and cream

By Mike Adams

You probably already know that the FDA has declared war on raw milk and even helped fund and coordinate armed government raids against raw milk farmers and distributors. Yes, it’s insane. This brand of tyranny is unique to the USA and isn’t even conducted in China, North Korea or Cuba. Only in the USA are raw milk farmers treated like terrorists.

But now the situation is getting even more insane than you could have imagined: the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) have filed a petition with the FDA asking the FDA to alter the definition of “milk” to secretly include chemical sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose.

Importantly, none of these additives need to be listed on the label. They will simply be swept under the definition of “milk,” so that when a company lists “milk” on the label, it automatically includes aspartame or sucralose. And if you’re trying to avoid aspartame, you’ll have no way of doing so because it won’t be listed on the label. (more…)

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Jeremy Hammond: Statement from prison

jeremy hammond

Jeremy Hammond has issued a statement from prison on the eve of his next court appearance. This statement is published below. A rally will take place outside the courthouse at 9:30am, Feb. 21st, Foley Sq. NYC. Statements will be given by the following: Jason Hammond, Jeremy’s twin brother; Alexa O’Brien, founder of the US Day of Rage and exceptional journalist covering the Wikileaks Gitmo files and trial of Bradley Manning; Heidi Boghosian, the Executive Director of the National Lawyers Guild; Micheal Ratner, the President of the Center for Constitutional Rights; Andrew Blake, from the news agency RT will be there to report on the days events; Luke Rudkowski, from We Are Change will be live streaming video. More information:  http://revolution-news.com/?p=1051

Introduction 

In his own words, Jeremy Hammond is… ‘currently facing multiple computer hacking conspiracy charges due to my alleged involvement with Anonymous, LulzSec, and AntiSec, groups which have targeted and exposed corruption in government institutions and corporations such as Stratfor, The Arizona Department of Public Safety, and HB Gary Federal… if convicted at trial I am facing a sentence of 30-years-to-life.’

The indictment against Hammond can be seen  here .

See also a really informative  interview , published earlier in January, with Sue Crabtree on what happened to Hammond. Also an excellent overview  article   on Hammond by Nozomi Hayase.

Statement by Jeremy Hammond (20/02/203)

The following is a statement by Jeremy Hammond in his own words, written from solitary confinement at The Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in New York City…

The tragic death of internet freedom fighter Aaron Swartz reveals the government’s flawed “cyber security strategy” as well as its systematic corruption involving computer crime investigations, intellectual property law, and government/corporate transparency. In a society supposedly based on principles of democracy and due process, Aaron’s efforts to liberate the internet, including free distribution of JSTOR academic essays, access to public court records on PACER, stopping the passage of SOPA/PIPA, and developing the Creative Commons, make him a hero, not a criminal. (more…)

END:CIV (2011)

END:CIV (2011) Radical Environmental Documentary

END:CIV examines our culture’s addiction to systematic violence and environmental exploitation, and probes the resulting epidemic of poisoned landscapes and shell-shocked nations.

Based in part on Endgame, the best-selling book by Derrick Jensen, END:CIV asks: “If your homeland was invaded by aliens who cut down the forests, poisoned the water and air, and contaminated the food supply, would you resist?”

Bhutan Moves Toward 100% Organic Agriculture

Bhutan Moves Toward 100% Organic Agriulture

By Eliza Barclay

The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan drew international attention a few years back for saying gross national happiness should trump gross domestic product when measuring a nation’s progress. If you’re going to prioritize happiness, the Bhutanese thinking goes, you’d better include the environment and spiritual and mental well-being in your calculations. (Not everyone in Bhutan is happy, and many leave as refugees, as Human Rights Watch and others have noted.)

But Bhutan, which has only 700,000 people — most of whom are farmers — has another shot at international fame if it can make good on a recent pledge to become the first country in the world to convert to a 100 percent organic agricultural system.

Last month at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley said his government is developing a National Organic Policy because the country’s farmers are increasingly convinced that “by working in harmony with nature, they can help sustain the flow of nature’s bounties.” (more…)

Four Steps to Keep Monsanto OUT of Your Garden!!

Four Steps to Keep Monsanto OUT of Your Garden!!

By Sarah

Seed catalogs are starting to arrive in mailboxes across the Northern Hemisphere with home gardeners everywhere starting to plan which seeds they will sow in their spring gardens.

A positive trend in recent years is the growing number of gardening enthusiasts choosing to plant gardens using organic and/or heirloom seeds.

What most of these home gardeners don’t realize is that corporate behemoth and GMO titan Monsanto has been gobbling up the seed market faster than a caterpillar can munch a tomato plant! With one fell swoop in 2005, Monsanto grabbed approximately 40% of the US vegetable seed market with its acquisition of Seminis.

This means that a home gardener could unknowingly be supporting the development and proliferation of genetically modified crops if the seeds used are from Seminis. In addition, Monsanto now apparently owns many of the names of the seed varieties themselves! (more…)

A River of Waste: The Hazardous Truth About Factory Farms (2010)

A River of Waste: The Hazardous Truth About Factory Farms (2010)

A heart-stopping documentary, A RIVER OF WASTE exposes a huge health and environmental scandal in our modern industrial system of meat and poultry production. Some scientists have gone so far as to call the condemned current factory farm practices as “mini Chernobyls.”

In the U.S. and elsewhere, the meat and poultry industry is dominated by dangerous uses of arsenic, antibiotics, growth hormones and by the dumping of massive amounts of sewage in fragile waterways and environments. The film documents the vast catastrophic impact on the environment and public health as well as focuses on the individual lives damaged and destroyed.

Christopher Wiegand – Therapeutic Potential of Psychedelics

Christopher Wiegand - Therapeutic Potential of Psychedelics

A lecture titled Therapeutic Potential of Psychedelics, given by Christopher Wiegand, M.D.
Department of Psychiatry, The University of Arizona College of Medicine in 2002.

Obama Signs Cybersecurity Executive Order

Obama Signs Cybersecurity Executive Order

Activist Post

President Obama bypassed the Congress on Tuesday and signed the much maligned but anticipated cybersecurity executive order.

He made the announcement during the State of the Union address, stating:

‘We know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private email. We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets. Now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, and our air traffic control systems,’ Obama said during his speech. ‘We cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face of real threats to our security and our economy.’

‘That’s why, earlier today, I signed a new executive order that will strengthen our cyber defenses by increasing information sharing, and developing standards to protect our national security, our jobs, and our privacy,’ Obama continued. ‘Now, Congress must act as well, by passing legislation to give our government a greater capacity to secure our networks and deter attacks.’
The privacy-killing cybersecurity legislation CISPA has failed to pass in the Senate in two votes last year which Obama called the “height of irresponsibility.”

As usual, the executive action was “urgent” and “for our safety”. Yet, we already know that the government has already been using the powers vested in the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act through the secret Presidential Directive 20 and warrantless cooperation with private communications companies who may act with impunity. (more…)

10 Ways Permaculture Principles Can Help Your Relationships

10 Ways Permaculture Principles Can Help Your Relationships

By Kim Millar

Most of us don’t ‘design’ our relationships consciously, we’re more likely to stumble and/or bumble along in the hopes that they’ll grow in the right direction. They usually catch our attention only when things have gone wrong and we scramble around trying to stop things from unraveling.

But imagine if we put the same thought and attention into building a relationship as we do to creating a productive, efficient garden, increasing our vegetable yields and improving water harvesting?

Here are some parallels I drew whilst recently learning about Permaculture and its relevance to relationship.

1. Mulching

A relationship is a growing organism, create the right environment and it will thrive. Mulching offers several things including nourishment, protection and effective action with least effort. So how do you mulch a relationship? By paying attention and being more observant, learning to listen, understand & communicate more openly; simple gestures of care and affection can bring about amazing changes rapidly.

2. Greater productivity lies at the Edges

Relationships have their growing – and dying – ‘edges’. Just before a relationship is about to move to the next phase there will be a great deal of productivity. Sometimes that can be arguments, disagreements, upsets and misunderstandings. It can also be feelings of deeper connection, greater love, more respect and trust. (more…)

Ayahuasca May Cure Addiction, But Canada Is Forcing Doctor to Stop Testing

Ayahuasca May Cure Addiction, But Canada Is Forcing Doctor to Stop Testing

By Kevin Taylor

Do you see them? All over Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside there are junkies, addicts and alkies. On street corners, in alleys, lurking outside the ancient hotels. All over Downtown Eastside there’s also help available for junkies, addicts, alkies—detox programs, 12-step meetings, residential treatment centers, methadone clinics, safe-injection protocols. Some of the programs are sponsored by the local churches. There are also doctors and shrinks and healers and pipe carriers and studies and grants and.… It goes on.

And yet there always are more junkies, addicts and alkies in Eastside.

“It has a long history as an enclave of rather traumatized and damaged and hard-living individuals. It’s 20 or 30 or 40 years of this going on,” said Gerald Thomas, a researcher with the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia (CARBC).

Philippe Lucas, another CARBC researcher, described Downtown Eastside as a “site of the highest rates of drug use, hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS in the Western world. And a large percentage of that is a First Nations population, an urban Indian population.”

In light of such persistent and pervasive pain, poverty and disease it is clear that most treatments for addiction offer only short-term relief. Is that the fault of the junkies, the addicts and the alkies? A failure of will? (more…)