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The Raging War on Self Sufficiency

The Raging War on Self Sufficiency

Several local councils in the United States has come under the light recently, due to restrictive regulations on the types of animals and plants that an individual could have in their own backyard. Let’s have a look at a few high-profile cases. Vegetable gardens Julie Bass is an Oak Park resident who has gotten in trouble with the local authorities for having a garden in her front yard. According to her, she wasn’t particularly environmentally conscious, but that the notion...
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The GMO Seed and Plant Controversy

The GMO Seed and Plant Controversy

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are organisms whose DNA are altered, usually by the insertion of genes from another organism. Reasons for their modifying organisms include increasing their shelf life and resistance to pests. Unsurprisingly, public resistance to these so-called ‘frankenfoods’ have been immense. Other parties, meanwhile, contend that genetically modified plants and seeds are perfectly safe to consume. Let’s disregard all prejudices and look upon the matter objectively. Superweeds A gene coding for herbicide resistance has been inserted into major...
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City of Orlando: Uproot Your Vegetable Garden or Pay Us $500 a Day

City of Orlando: Uproot Your Vegetable Garden or Pay Us $500 a Day

In November, Local 6 broke the story about the controversial garden after the city told the Helvenstons their 25-by-25-foot front yard vegetable garden was not in compliance with the city’s code. After hundreds of emails supporting the couple flowed in and initially allowing the Helvenstons to keep their garden, saying it will hold off on violations, the city has since asked the couple to uproot the garden and replace it with a lawn or face fines. According to Ari Bargil, an attorney...
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5 Million Farmers Sue Monsanto for $7.7 Billion

5 Million Farmers Sue Monsanto for $7.7 Billion

Original posted by Anthony Gucciardi on JUNE 5 2012 on Natural Society Launching a lawsuit against the very company that is responsible for a farmer suicide every 30 minutes, 5 million farmers are now suing Monsanto for as much as 6.2 billion euros (around 7.7 billion US dollars). The reason? As with many other cases, such as the ones that led certain farming regions to be known as the ‘suicide belt’, Monsanto has been reportedly taxing the farmers to financial shambles with...
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Cancer of Corruption, Seeds of Destruction: The Monsanto GMO Whitewash

Cancer of Corruption, Seeds of Destruction: The Monsanto GMO Whitewash

Because of the power vested in the EU Commission in Brussels, Belgium, with command over a space encompassing 27 nations with more than 500 million citizens and the largest nominal world gross domestic product (GDP) of 18 trillion US dollars, it’s perhaps no surprise in this era of moral promiscuity that powerful private lobby groups such as the tobacco industry, the drug lobby, the agribusiness lobby and countless others spend enormous sums of money and other favors—legal and sometimes illegal—to...
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