Spain Hasn’t Had a Federal Government for the Last 9 Months and People Love It

Editor’s note:  Hmmm.  What say you, America?

Derrick Broze, The AntiMedia
Waking Times Media

For more than nine months, Spain has existed without a traditional national government. In the face of this lack of central authority and planning, Spaniards have done the impossible: they have survived without a government.

The New York Times recently reported on this phenomenon:

After two grueling national elections in six months, and with a third vote possible in December, no party has won enough seats or forged the coalition needed to form a government. For the first time in Spain’s four decades as a modern democracy, this country of 47 million people has a caretaker government.”

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Largest-Ever GMO Crops Study Shows Massive Environmental Damage in US

Editor’s note: GMO’s and GMO crops/farming are bad news, period.  I remember first hearing about Montsanto on a PBS radio show about 20 years ago and intuitively, I felt bad vibes and knew there was also some dark agenda behind this movement, which I believe is population control and reduction.  We need to return to the ways of our elders and grandparents – organic farming.  That way we are ensured we eat, you know, REAL FOOD.  

According to new research from University of Virginia in the U.S., widespread adoption of genetically modified (GM) crops has decreased the use of insecticides, but increased the use of weed-killing herbicides as weeds become more resistant, leading to serious environmental damage.

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Economist Federico Ciliberto led the largest study of genetically modified crops and pesticide use to date, alongside Edward D. Perry of Kansas State University, David A. Hennessy of Michigan State University and GianCarlo Moschini of Iowa State University. The four economists studied annual data from more than 5,000 soybean and 5,000 maize farmers in the U.S. from 1998 to 2011, far exceeding previous studies that have been limited to one or two years of data.

Herbicide Use / Environmental Impact (EIQ)

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“The fact that we have 14 years of farm-level data from farmers all over the U.S. makes this study very special,” Ciliberto said. “We have repeated observations of the same farmers and can see when they adopted genetically modified seeds and how that changed their use of chemicals.”

Since 2008, genetically engineered crops have accounted for more than 80 percent of maize and soybean crops planted in the U.S. Maize seeds are modified with two genes: one kills insects that eat the seed and one allows the seed to tolerate glyphosate, a herbicide commonly used in weed killers like Roundup. Soybeans are modified with just one glyphosate-resistant gene.

Unsurprisingly, maize farmers who used the insect-resistant seeds used significantly less insecticide – about 11.2 percent less – than farmers who did not use genetically modified maize. The maize farmers also used 1.3 percent less herbicide over the 13-year period.

Soybean crops, on the other hand, saw a significant increase in herbicide use, with adopters of genetically modified crops using 28 percent more herbicides than non-adopters.

Ciliberto attributes this increase to the proliferation of glyphosate-resistant weeds.

Commentators and other peer-reviewed studies have even stated that the rise in pesticide use on GM crops has gone up much further since the 1998-2011 data that was reviewed in this new University of Virginia study. The period from 2011-2016 is when glyphosate-resistant weeds have become a major economic problem for U.S. farmers based on the increase of use and thus money spent on pesticides cutting in to their bottom line.

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“In the beginning, there was a reduction in herbicide use, but over time the use of chemicals increased because farmers were having to add new chemicals as weeds developed a resistance to glyphosate,” Ciliberto said.

Maize farmers, he said, have not yet had to address the same level of resistance, in part because they did not adopt genetically modified crops as quickly as their counterparts in the soy industry. However, the study did find evidence that both maize and soybean farmers increased herbicide use during the last five years of the study, indicating that weed resistance is a growing problem for both groups.

From 2006 to 2011, the percentage of hectares sprayed with only glyphosate shrunk from more than 70 percent to 41 percent for soybean farmers and from more than 40 percent to 19 percent for maize farmers. The decrease resulted from farmers having to resort to combining glyphosate herbicides with other chemicals as glyphosate-resistant weeds became more common.

“Evidence suggests that weeds are becoming more resistant and farmers are having to use additional chemicals, and more of them,” Ciliberto said.

Insects do not appear to have developed a similar resistance, in part because federal regulations require farmers to have a “safe haven” in their fields that is free of genetically modified crops. Insects and worms in those safe havens have no need to develop resistance, and because they interact and breed with insects in other parts of the field, they help prevent the development of resistant genes.

Despite the decrease in insecticide use, continued growth in herbicide use poses a significant environmental problem as large doses of the chemicals can harm biodiversity and increase water and air pollution.

Ciliberto and his colleagues measured the overall environmental impact of the changes in chemical use that have resulted from the adoption of genetically modified crops, using a measure called the environmental impact quotient, or EIQ, to account for chemicals’ impact on farmworkers, consumers and the environment. Comparing adopters to non-adopters, they found little change in the impact on farmworkers and consumers. However, the adoption of genetically modified soybeans correlated with a massive negative impact on the environment as increased herbicide use also increased contamination of local ecosystems.

Further investigation of the environmental impact quotient (EIQ) finding is now being called for by independent scientists in the U.S. and Europe using the even more accurate Pesticide Risk Tool (PRiME).

Overall, Ciliberto said he was surprised by the extent to which herbicide use had increased and concerned about the potential environmental impact.

“I did not expect to see such a strong pattern,” he concluded.

 Sourced from: http://sustainablepulse.com/2016/09/18/largest-ever-gmo-crops-study-shows-massive-environmental-damage-in-us/#.V993LmQrIsq

Hello And Welcome To My Site!

Hello and welcome fellow Truth seekers.  This site has been a work-in-progress for over 20 years.  Or shall I say I have been a work-in-progress for over 20 years, all of which prompted me and lead me to the development of this website.

I began my journey of awakening as a young woman living in Seattle in the ’90’s.  While my friends and co-workers were into the grunge scene and latte’s, I was beginning to question all that I had been told.  Raised as your typical American kid, I was taught to pledge allegiance to my country, obey authority, stuff myself with processed foods while binging on the latest sarcastic and drama-laden television show, and obey an invisible man in the sky.  While none of that ever appeased me much less appealed to me, I went along with it.  You know, the “obey or else” thing.

Something happened to me though living in that apartment in Seattle.  A small voice began to beckon me.  It started by my seeing numbers in sequences – daily.  Everywhere I went.  11:11…  1:11… 12:34…  3:33…  4:44…  Thankfully I was aware enough to know the difference between coincidence and synchronicity.  Something was calling to me and unlike my childhood ways, where I would ignore the promptings of my heart and Higher Mind, this time I listened.  I began questioning my Catholic teachings.  I dove into New Age and Spirituality books with an intense hunger.  I was literally parched with thirst in my desire to know Truth.  M. Scott Peck’s “The Road Less Traveled” was the first book I read.  Perhaps this would be the only book I would desire to read, I remember thinking.  Hardly!  Once I finished the book, I realized I wasn’t done.  I was only beginning.  That lead me to books by Neale Donald Walsch, Gary Zukav, Marianne Williamson, Doreen Virtue and Debbie Ford (who very sadly passed in 2013).

In 1995 I finally got myself connected to the internet.  When I did a search for “11:11” I was blown away that not only was this a real phenomenon but that millions of others were also experiencing the same thing.  Millions!  I wasn’t a freak!

Fast forward to 2001 and the events of 9/11.  I call that the event that triggered my second awakening, only this time, I dove into all things political and dark.  I began reading articles by David Icke, Alex Jones and Ken Adachi.  The term “conspiracy theory” became a regular part of my vocabulary (even though I prefer the term “seeker of truth”).  Talk about going down the proverbial Rabbit Hole.  I began reading about shadow government’s.  Reptilians.  Archons.  Chemtrails.  Human cloning.  Rh negatives.  UFO’s and Galactics.  GMO’s.  And the fact that so much of this darkness was intentionally created to keep us asleep to our Authentic God/Goddess Power.

For awhile I felt lost.  Dizzy almost.  Some pills are easier to swallow than others.  I became apathetic for quite some time and it wasn’t until early 2015 that I began to pull myself out of the darkness of all that I had been reading.  It was then that I returned to Source and started reading up on Ascension.  Vibrational frequencies.  Free energy devices.  Resource-based economies.  Starseeds.

I find it interesting that my first awakening in the 90’s prompted me to read of positive, uplifting messages of Spirit and my second, to read of the darker shadows of life.  However, as I have come to learn, as I have come to believe, Light and Dark are really both the same coin just different sides.  As David Cowan says, and in which I agree, “Dark must serve the Light.”  Love cannot be hidden.  Neither can Truth.  Both serve the Light even when lost in the dark for a time.

It is my wish you find not only Truth on this site but a sense of Home, validation, the feeling of “Oh thank goodness I am not the only one!”  And yet in Truth, we are all One Source having unique experiences.  As the U2 song goes, “We’re One but we’re not the same.  We’ve got to carry each other.  Carry each other.”  May this site serve to help Carry you some, dear reader.  Welcome and blessings.         Noreen Starre