Ohio — Glyphosate, the main ingredient found in Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide, RoundUp, has poisoned Lake Erie.
Scientists from Ohio Northern University (ONU) in the U.S. have discovered that glyphosate is largely responsible for an increase in harmful algae blooms that contaminate lake water and kill off life dependent upon this habitat.
Namely, dissolved reactive phosphorous (DRP) has been contaminating Lake Erie and the Maumee watershed. This DRP comes from surrounding farms that rely on Monsanto’s weedkiller to grow their crops. The runoff ends up in the lakes, killing fish and contaminating the water.
Though Lake Erie’s trouble with phosphorous is not new, there has been an alarming increase in DRP, which caused scientists to question its probable origins.
Christopher Spiese, a chemist at Ohio Northern University suggests that an increase in the use of glyphosate is causing the problem. DRP loads in Lake Erie have been increasing since the early 1990s — the same time that RoundUp was being sold to farmers across the U.S.
RoundUp was first introduced commercially in 1974, but it was in the 90s that farmers started to spray it copiouslyon genetically modified crops. RoundUp is currently Monsanto’s biggest profit-maker, accounting for a whopping one-third of its total sales in recent years.
Despite its worldwide use, members of the E.U. Parliament addressed the “European Commission, Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, and responsible Ministers of the Member States” to try to ban glyphosate across Europe. Traces of it were found in the urine of almost every member of parliament who tested for it.
Ohio Northern researchers have confirmed that glyphosate is causing the harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie, but Drs. R. Michael McKay and George Bullerjahn of Bowling Green State University have been studying this likelihood since 2012. They suspected that the growing ‘dead zones’ in the Great Lakes were caused by this herbicide, killing millions of fish and polluting drinking water every year.
“Our research is finding that Roundup is getting into the watershed at peak farming application times, particularly in the spring.”
Bullerjahn explained further:
“It turns out that many cyanobacteria present in Lake Erie have the genes allowing the uptake of phosphonates, and these cyanobacteria can grow using glyphosate and other phosphonates as a sole source of phosphorus.”
ONU research also attests that the delicate balance of Mother Nature is further disturbed by RoundUp. Spiese states:
“These crops that are able to grow in the presence of glyphosate have really kind of started to take over, to the point where we’re washed in Roundup.”
Spiese figured out that for every acre of GM soy planted with the use of RoundUp, you can count on one-third of a pound of phosphorous being dumped into the Maumee. He argues:
“The P in glyphosate is what we call phosphonate, a phosphorus-carbon bond. A phosphorus-carbon bond is extraordinarily stable. It’s very difficult to break. We don’t expect this to contribute one bit to the DRP.”
But it did. Add one more disaster to Monsanto’s growing list of environmental misdeeds.
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Seemingly doubling down on his comments in April (following what he called Europe’s “flawed asylum policy”), George Soros has expanded his demands from four to seven fundamental pillars on how to prevent the collapse of the European Union. In an article penned for Foreign Policy titled “This Is Europe’s Last Chance to Fix Its Refugee Policy,” Soros details his plan (over-riding the current “piecemeal approach”) for rescuing Europe before it is too late. Simply put, the billionaire says the EU must take in hundreds of thousands of refugees a year, spend at least 30 billion euros (a minor sum, since he believes it can all be financed by debt and taxes) or Europe faces an “existential threat.”
Soros begins ominously: The EU’s piecemeal solutions are coming apart. Only a surge of financial and political creativity can avoid a catastrophe.
The refugee crisis was already leading to the slow disintegration of the European Union. Then, on June 23, it contributed to an even greater calamity — Brexit. Both of these crises have reinforced xenophobic, nationalist movements across the continent. They will try to win a series of key votes in the coming year — including national elections in France, the Netherlands, and Germany in 2017, a referendum in Hungary on EU refugee policy on Oct. 2, a rerun of the Austrian presidential election on the same day, and a constitutional referendum in Italy in October or November of this year.
Rather than uniting to resist this threat, EU member states have become increasingly unwilling to cooperate with one another. They pursue self-serving, discordant migration policies, often to the detriment of their neighbors. In these circumstances, a comprehensive and coherent European asylum policy is not possible in the short term, despite the efforts of the EU’s governing body, the European Commission. The trust needed for cooperation is lacking. It will have to be rebuilt through a long and laborious process.
This is unfortunate, because a comprehensive policy ought to remain the highest priority for European leaders; the union cannot survive without it. The refugee crisis is not a one-off event; it augurs a period of higher migration pressures for the foreseeable future, due to a variety of causes including demographic and economic imbalances between Europe and Africa, unending conflicts in the broader region, and climate change. Beggar-thy-neighbor migration policies, such as building border fences, will not only further fragment the union; they also seriously damage European economies and subvert global human rights standards.
What would a comprehensive approach look like? It would establish a guaranteed target of at least 300,000 refugees each year who would be securely resettled directly to Europe from the Middle East — a total that hopefully would be matched by countries elsewhere in the world. That target should be large enough to persuade genuine asylum-seekers not to risk their lives by crossing the Mediterranean Sea, especially if reaching Europe by irregular means would disqualify them from being considered genuine asylum-seekers.
This could serve as the basis for Europe to provide sufficient funds for major refugee-hosting countries outside Europe and establish processing centers in those countries; create a potent EU border and coast guard; set common standards for processing and integrating asylum-seekers (and for returning those who do not qualify); and renegotiate the Dublin III Regulation in order to more fairly share the asylum burden across the EU.
And, as ValueWalk’s Jacob Wolinksy notes, specifically Soros thinks the seven points below are key…
First, the EU and the rest of the world must take in a substantial number of refugees directly from front-line countries in a secure and orderly manner, which would be far more acceptable to the public than the current disorder…
Second, the EU must regain control of its borders. There is little that alienates and scares publics more than scenes of chaos…
Third, the EU needs to develop financial tools that can provide sufficient funds for the long-term challenges it faces and not limp from episode to episode…
Fourth, the crisis must be used to build common European mechanisms for protecting borders, determining asylum claims, and relocating refugees…
Fifth, once refugees have been recognized, there needs to be a mechanism for relocating them within Europe in an agreed way…
Sixth, the European Union, together with the international community, must support foreign refugee-hosting countries far more generously than it currently does…
The seventh and final pillar is that, given its aging population, Europe must eventually create an environment in which economic migration is welcome.
Soros concludes as follows:
The benefits brought by migration far outweigh the costs of integrating immigrants. Skilled economic immigrants improve productivity, generate growth, and raise the absorptive capacity of the recipient country. Different populations bring different skills, but the contributions come as much from the innovations they introduce as from their specific skills — in both their countries of origin and their countries of destination. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence for this, starting with the Huguenots’ contribution to the first industrial revolution by bringing both weaving and banking to England. All the evidence supports the conclusion that migrants have a high potential to contribute to innovation and development if they are given a chance to do so.
Pursuing these seven principles is essential in order to calm public fears, reduce chaotic flows of asylum-seekers, ensure that newcomers are fully integrated, establish mutually beneficial relations with countries in the Middle East and Africa, and meet Europe’s international humanitarian obligations.
The refugee crisis is not the only crisis Europe has to face, but it is the most pressing. And if significant progress could be made on the refugee issue, it would make the other issues — from the continuing Greek debt crisis to the fallout from Brexit to the challenge posed by Russia — easier to tackle. All the pieces need to fit together, and the chances of success remain slim. But as long as there is a strategy that might succeed, all the people who want the European Union to survive should rally behind it.
Interestingly, Soros goes back hundreds of years to give us the examples Huguenots and not fifty years to when France starting letting in migrants from Algeria and Morocco – so far the much recent plan has been a failure most would agree even before the recent terror attack in Nice. While hope continues to spring eternal (for many establishmentarians) that the EU stays together, we can’t help but suspect that spending 30 billion euros a year (funded by taxing or indebting EU citizens more) and letting in ‘even’ 300,000 refugees a year when the social fabric of the looming super-state is near collapse, terrorist attacks are increasing, and unemployment in many European countries is in double digits – will likely be a non-starter.
CHARLES HUGH SMITH
Very little will doubt Obama’s loyalty to lslam. This has been demonstrated throughout his [almost] eight years as POTUS. Kowtowing to Iran, bowing to leaders in lslamic nations, kissing the ass of terrorist organization, CAIR, and BFFing with Erdogan while attending the grand opening of a mosque and community center for the ever growing muslim community in the Washington, D.C. area.
It is clear. We all see it. He has never even tried to hide his deep love for lslam and his hatred for the United States. In fact as time went on his Presidency, he seemed to flaunt it in front of the world. Most everyone who saw this disgusting display had little power to do anything but rant online about it. Those in positions of power never blinked an eye. Even Republicans and some Conservatives denied it. Silence while Barackamed shoved it in our faces.
Once he is gone, things are bound to change on the blatant worship of lslam coming from the most powerful position in the world. However, Barackamed made a sneaky move at the White House that could be everlasting. He managed to make his lslamic mark on a historical property.In 2015, after a jumper made it over the White House Fence, immediately a new fence was installed to improve security and deter further jumpers by specifically installing spikes to the top of the fence. What most failed to notice upon installation was recently noticed by conservative radio host, Andrea Shea King.
Check out the pictures below.
This is the OLD White House Fence that made it easy for jumpers to hop over. Notice it’s very plain design. I am sure they did not want to take away from the White House being the main focus.
This is the architectural render of the new fence that was to be installed. Not too different from the original, minus a crap load of spikes at the top and some Fluir de lis.
This is how the new fence looks today, after installed. Nothing like the rendering And an added feature placed in alignment with the front door and United States Flag, framing them. This is absolutely vile.
Do you see the design in the fence? It is quite unsettling once you realize what you are looking at. The middle part of that fence looks eerily similar to an lslamic mosque dome. Check out these images for comparison.
Notice in the fence design the ‘building’ on top with the corner spikes. Exactly like a mosque’s architecture found all over the world. Below it you will see the shape of a dome. If you google image mosque domes, you will find many dome shapes, and the one on the fence is one you will find.
Further, this image shows a little design located in three places on the fence. In lslamic design, it is called a SHAMSA. Usually decorations are made inside the container, as it is called. So, check out this comparison. Notice how attention to detail was used in the making of this piece. As in lslamic design, the White House becomes the decoration inside the Shamsa.
Over on the Conservative Tree House, a follower by the name of ‘Concerned Virginian’ commented about the fence:
“These are traditional Islamic designs. The ‘castle like’ item on top of the ‘onion dome’ item is an evocation of Mecca, the Dome of the Rock, and the buildings surrounding it. The ‘onion dome’ is a traditional Islamic design, seen in mosques, window designs for the Harem, Islamic architecture still extist in Spain. Make no mistake this is just another way to declare Islam.”
This was one hell of a sneaky move by Barackamed. Nobody noticed until this week. It is a direct ‘f*ck you’ to the American people. An historical property has been tarnished by a muslim POTUS. Will the next president find out about this and make changes immediately? Or will this lslamic fence become part of history? The only way to find out is to make this spread and make sure it gets in the hands of Trump.
What else is up Obama’s sneaky little sleeve?