Tag Archives: ecology

The poor pays principle in Bulgaria

On January 30 there were dangerously high levels of air pollution in the capital reported, three times higher than the norm. In its latest air quality report, the European Court of Auditors points out that Bulgaria is at the forefront of the EU in shortening life length as a result of the dirty air. As the main reason for the pollution the Court points the domestic heating with solid fuel. For the current 2014-2020 programming period, Bulgaria has not only reduced its investment in tackling this phenomenon, but none of the approved projects have been directly targeting it.

Georgia bans use, import and production of all plastic bags

The use, import and production of plastic bags has been entirely prohibited as of April 1 in Georgia.

Georgia started prohibiting the use of single-use plastic bags gradually from October 1, 2018, when the production of bags thicker than 15 microns was banned.

Nigeria | Climatic War: Socialist Green New Deal or Great New Disasters

by Gbenga Oloniniran

From world war to civil war, to trade war and to climatic war – the effects of the free market economy have since been greatly felt and remain unending unless challenged, and for what we can tell, they have been disastrous.

USA | No More Deaths activists on trial in Arizona for placing water in the desert

by Pete Brown, Detroit Workers’ Voice

On January 15 the trial of four people for the “crime” of giving water to those dying of thirst concluded in Tucson, Arizona. Activists with the organization No More Deaths (NMD) are working to prevent further deaths of Mexican immigrants crossing the border in southern Arizona, where the temperature often reaches well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. People walking across this stretch of desert, through a nature preserve called Cabeza Prieta, often find themselves short of water and likely to die from heat stroke. Activists from NMD try to prevent more deaths by placing jugs of water at certain locations.

Monsanto/Bayer moving to produce genetically modified fruits and more

by F. William Engdahl

Not surprising, Monsanto, today hidden behind the Bayer logo, as the world leader in patented GMO seeds and the probable carcinogenic Roundup herbicide with glyphosate, is attempting to quietly patent genetically modified or GMO varieties of fruits using controversial gene-editing. The “beauty” of this for Monsanto/Bayer is that in the USA, according to a recent ruling by the US Department of Agriculture, gene-edited agriculture needs no special independent testing. The developments are not good for human health or safety, nor will it do anything to give the world better nutrition.

The agrichemical and GMO giant Monsanto, which today tries to keep a lower profile inside the German agrichemical and GMO giant Bayer, is moving into the highly controversial domain of gene-editing of new crop varieties. In 2018 as the company was being deluged with lawsuits over its use of the probable carcinogen, Roundup, Monsanto invested $125 million in a gene-editing startup called Pairwise. The link is anything but casual.
Former Monsanto Vice President for Global Biotechnology, Tom Adams, has taken the post of CEO of Pairwise. In short, this is a Monsanto gene-editing project. In a press release, Pairwise says it is using the controversial CRISPR gene-editing technology to create genetically edited produce. Among their goals apparently is a super-sweet variety of strawberry or apples, just what our sugar-saturated population doesn’t need.
CRISPR gene-editing, a stealth attempt by the global agribusiness industry to promote artificial mutations of crops and, as the world was shocked recently to hear, even humans, as in China, is being advanced, much like GMO crops falsely were, as solution to world hunger. Pairwise founder, Keith Joung, told media that their CRISPR gene-edited fruits, “will speed innovation that is badly needed to feed a growing population amid challenging conditions created by a changing climate.” How sweeter genetically-edited strawberries will solve world hunger he leaves to the imagination. Pairwise also says that gene-edited fruits would somehow also cut down on food waste. One has to be also skeptical there as well, even if it makes nice promotion copy. In addition to super-sweet strawberries, Monsanto plans to use its work with Pairwise to develop new varieties of gene-edited corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton and canola crops. And because the USDA unfortunately has given the green light, the new genetically modified foods will undergo no independent testing for health and safety.