Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The US Meat Processing Company At The Rotten Center of China’s Latest Food Scandal

from A US-owned factory in Shanghai is at the center of China’s latest food scandal: Chinese health authorities have suspended operations at Shanghai Husi Food, owned by the Illinois-based OSI Group, for reprocessing old and discarded meat to extend its use-by date. Husi was supplying meat to KFC, Pizza Hut and McDonald’s restaurants in China. Staff were captured on camera reprocessing expired and discarded meat—in one case picking up food off the floor and throwing it into processing machines.

OSI, McDonald’s largest protein supplier, is one of several American firms that have recently been buying and building plants in China in hopes of capitalizing on the country’s rising standard of living. But the allegations, made by local Chinese media Dragon Television, are a reminder of how difficult it can be to improve China’s food safety problems.

China Meat Scandal Spreads To Japan
China Rotten Meat Scandal Spreads To Starbucks, Burger King

Saturday, July 19, 2014

#TEPCO failed to disclose crops over 20KM from #Fukushima were contaminated

from Fourteen different rice paddies outside of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant evacuation zone were contaminated with radioactive material in August 2013, Japan’s agriculture ministry has found. Despite the findings – which blamed the removal of a large piece of debris from the Fukushima No. 3 reactor building for the contamination – Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) is moving ahead with plans to remove more highly radioactive debris from the No. 1 reactor building later this month.
According to the Asahi Shimbun, TEPCO’s removal process was halted when the agriculture ministry informed it of the contamination back in March, but operations are set to begin again soon. The ministry instructed the operator to implement protective measures for future work, but it’s unclear how extensive those changes are. One thing TEPCO officials will do is deploy more anti-scattering agents than they did before, but the company cautioned that “a large amount of radioactive substances” would likely be released anyway. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

#Shocker: Corporate Polluters Are Almost Never Prosecuted For Their Crimes

from If you committed a crime in full view of a police officer, you could expect to be arrested — particularly if you persisted in your criminality after being told to cut it out, and if your crime were hurting the people around you.

But the same is not true for those other “people” who inhabit the U.S.: corporations. Polluting companies commit their crimes with aplomb. An investigation by the Crime Report, a nonprofit focused on criminal justice issues, has revealed the sickening levels of environmental criminality that BP, Mobil, Tyson Fresh, and other huge companies can sink to without fear of meaningful prosecution:
More than 64,000 facilities are currently listed in [EPA] databases as being in violation of federal environmental laws, but in most years, fewer than one-half of one percent of violations trigger criminal investigations, according to EPA records. …

In fiscal year 2013, the EPA’s Criminal Enforcement Division launched 297 investigations. In 2012, 320 investigations were opened; the total has steadily decreased since 2001.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Coming soon: Bill Gates-Funded Birth Control Microchip

from Here’s one more for the coming “Internet of Things” — an implantable birth control microchip could hit the U.S. market by 2018 thanks to funding by globalist billionaire and population control enthusiast Bill Gates.

The new microchip implant reportedly lasts up to 16 years and can be controlled via wireless remote device, but don’t worry; researchers are quick to reassure that each microchip comes with “secure encryption” (you know, the kind that’s even being hacked and exploited in the new smart light bulbs).

Considering this is the same guy who has also funded an oral bait vaccine that sterilizes rats (see: “Rodent Biocontrol and Crop Protectionhere) and genetically engineered vaccinating mosquitoes, a treatment that by its very nature couldn’t possibly generate the consent of all patients involved, the profound implications of Gates’ new birth control microchip on human reproduction are astounding.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Controversial US Scientist Creates Deadly New Flu Strain For 'Pandemic Research'

from A controversial scientist who carried out provocative research on making influenza viruses more infectious has completed his most dangerous experiment to date by deliberately creating a pandemic strain of flu that can evade the human immune system. Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin-Madison has genetically manipulated the 2009 strain of pandemic flu in order for it to “escape” the control of the immune system’s neutralising antibodies, effectively making the human population defenceless against its reemergence.

Most of the world today has developed some level of immunity to the 2009 pandemic flu virus, which means that it can now be treated as less dangerous “seasonal flu”. However, The Independent understands that Professor Kawaoka intentionally set out to see if it was possible to convert it to a pre-pandemic state in order to analyse the genetic changes involved.

Monday, June 30, 2014

#CyberSpaceWar - Building Tiny Human Organs With 3-D Printing

from Dr. Sangeeta Bhatia has big ideas about her work with tiny organs. Using 3-D printing and human cells, she’s created a miniature human livers in her lab at MIT that can be used for testing drugs.

Dr. Bhatia is part of a bio-engineering revolution that is transforming the field of medicine. She tells Here & Now’s host Jeremy Hobson that her goal is to scale up the size of the micro-liver so it can be used as an alternative to human-to-human liver transplants.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Australia: GM Grass For Dairy Cows Sparks Concern

from A plan to feed Australian dairy cows genetically modified rye grass designed to boost milk production has sparked concerns from both organic and non-organic farmers. Opponents of the scheme fear that GM grasses could contaminate neighbouring properties and that existing labelling requirements would not allow consumers to identify products made from cows fed on the modified rye. Greg Paynter, of the Organic Federation of Australia, said the role of GM grasses in the food chain was "a sleeping giant". We’ll have humans consuming milk from cows that have been consuming genetically modified material. We just don’t know what effects we might have to deal with in the future. They’re talking about scientific testing but the natural processes and ecosystems have been tested over 3 billion years." 

Ben Copeman, general manager of the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia,  said while organic producers had to follow strict labelling requirements, the same rules did not apply to products with GM crops in their food chain, potentially leaving consumers unaware. Mr Copeman also said many of Australia’s important grain customers, such as Japan, China and Korea, did not want GM in their food chains and had zero tolerance to GM contamination.