http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57526526

In the list of the world’s great companies, Unaoil is nowhere to be seen. But for the best part of the past two decades, the family business from Monaco has systematically corrupted the global oil industry, distributing many millions of dollars worth of bribes on behalf of corporate behemoths including Samsung, Rolls-Royce, Halliburton and Australia’s own Leighton Holdings.

Now a vast cache of leaked emails and documents has confirmed what many suspected about the oil industry, and has laid bare the activities of the world’s super-bagman as it has bought off officials and rigged contracts around the world.

http://www.smh.com.au/interactive/2016/the-bribe-factory/day-1/the-company-that-bribed-the-world.html

In the list of the world’s great companies, Unaoil is nowhere to be seen. But for the best part of the past two decades, the family business from Monaco has systematically corrupted the global oil industry, distributing many millions of dollars worth of bribes on behalf of corporate behemoths including Samsung, Rolls-Royce, Halliburton and Australia’s own Leighton Holdings.

Now a vast cache of leaked emails and documents has confirmed what many suspected about the oil industry, and has laid bare the activities of the world’s super-bagman as it has bought off officials and rigged contracts around the world.

http://www.smh.com.au/interactive/2016/the-bribe-factory/day-1/the-company-that-bribed-the-world.html

 

I am writing to urge you not to deregulate a new generation of genetically engineered crops designed to survive repeated spraying of the super-toxic herbicide 2,4-D, which was a major component of Agent Orange, the defoliant used by the U.S. in its herbicidal warfare campaign in Vietnam.

There is a large body of evidence indicating major health problems resulting from exposure to 2,4-D that include cancer, reproductive problems, neurotoxicity, and immunosuppression.

2,4-D contains dioxin, one of the dirty dozen group of extremely toxic chemicals that are resistant to environmental degradation through chemical, biological, or photolytic processes.

2,4-D has been banned in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Quebec and scores of Canadian municipalities after numerous epidemiological studies linked 2,4-D to non-Hodgkin s lymphoma.

Similarly, Monsanto’s “Roundup Ready” corn, which was engineered to resist glyphosate, is responsible for new breeds of super-weeds that are toppling corn crops across the nation as well as the appearance of a deadly new micro-monster that attacks plants, animals and humans alike.

Please don’t make the same mistake of approving 2,4-D-tolerant GMO crops until definitive long-term testing proves beyond a reasonable doubt that these products are safe for animals and humans.

Once these novel genes are released into the environment it will be impossible to call them back. Do not approve another man-made environmental and human health disaster.

Anonymous Targets Biotech Giant Monsanto with Database Raid
By Gianluca Mezzofiore
International Business Times, March 1, 2012
Straight to the Source

Support Farmer Protection Legislation!

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA’s Genetic Engineering page and our Millions Against Monsanto page.

The Anonymous collective has staged an indirect attack on the Monsanto corporation by publishing material related to the agricultural biotech company’s database on Pastehtml.

In December 2011, Anonymous targeted the Bivings Group, which handles PR for Monsanto, following a previous assault on the corporation.

The hacktivists initially attacked Monsanto in July 2011 over the company filing lawsuits against a number of organic dairy farmers, who had labelled their products as not containing growth hormones, which the corporation used to manufacture.

On that occasion, Anonymous released the contact details of 2,500 Monsanto employees.

The new attack was announced by YourAnonNews, who tweeted: “HACKED: Monsanto pwnt once more by # Anonymous – Old DB lifted and leaked | http://pastehtml.com/view/bpvygosbp.html.”

The collective published a statement on Pastehtml, accompanied by rapper B Dolan performing a song that draws on fellow rapper Jay-Z’s Lucifer, along with the contents of a long list of email messages hacked earlier from the Bivings Group.
>>> Read the Full Article

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/307504/20120301/antisec-monsanto-anonymous-opmonsanto-emails-bivings.htm#ixzz1oNRB3WcM

Please sponsor the Genetically Engineered Technology Farmer Protection Act. This bill establishes a set of farmers’ rights in regards to genetically engineered organisms and the business practices of biotech companies.

The intent of the act is:

To provide additional protections for farmers and ranchers that may be harmed economically by genetically engineered seeds, plants, or animals, to ensure fairness for farmers and ranchers in their dealings with biotech companies that sell genetically engineered seeds, plants, or animals, to assign liability for injury caused by genetically engineered organisms, and for other purposes.

Thank you for your attention to the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay Alaska. I am writing today to encourage you to use your authority under the Clean Water Act to take a hard look at how this proposed mine will impact our nation’s biggest wild salmon fishery, the commercial fishermen and Alaska Natives who depend on it, and the local businesses who make their living off of this wild landscape in Southwestern Alaska.

If built, Pebble mine will produce between 2 and 10 billion tons of toxic waste that will have to be treated for hundreds of years. This waste will threaten Bristol Bay, an area widely recognized as one of the last remaining strongholds for healthy salmon populations in North America and the world. The region provides pristine spawning grounds for trophy rainbow trout and all five species of Pacific salmon, including the largest sockeye salmon runs on Earth, and a variety of other fish and wildlife species that depend on the nutrients from salmon, clean water, and undisturbed habitat.

I urge you to initiate a Clean Water Act 404(c) process in Bristol Bay immediately. Alaska Natives, sportsmen, commercial fishermen, churches, and conservation organizations deserve a public and science-based process to determine if the Pebble Partnership’s plans to build the biggest open pit mine in North America will harm one of our nation’s greatest fisheries.

Please cosponsor S.1717, the Prevention of Escapement of Genetically Altered Salmon in the United States Act.

The jury is still out on the long-term effects of genetically engineered salmon on humans – there simply isn’t enough data. But, what we do know is that these genetic changes increase allergy risk, and produce a salmon with lower levels of Omega-3 fatty acids – the “good” fat which has important health benefits.

I am also concerned by the elevated levels of growth hormone in this fish. This poses a cancer risk, as elevated IGF-1 levels are linked to prostate, breast and colon cancers.

GMO salmon isn’t safe and shouldn’t be approved for human consumption.

In addition to the human health concerns, there’s also the danger that genetically engineered salmon could escape its pens. This would have devastating effects on wild and farmed salmon stocks.

A December 15 hearing held by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, titled Environmental Risks of Genetically Engineered Fish, covered many of the concerns related to the escape of GMO salmon.

But, news broke just after the hearing of yet another worry: that genetically engineered salmon could breed novel diseases.

AquaBounty’s genetically-engineered salmon tested positive for a new strain of Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA) in November 2009. ISA is a virus that has triggered devastating disease outbreaks (90% death rate) in stocks of farmed Atlantic salmon around the world.

Please protect human health and the environment by cosponsoring S.1717

Like most consumers, I want to avoid foods that contain genetically modified organisms, but they are not labeled.

In fact, the federal government does nothing to regulate, or guarantee the safety of, agricultural crops — and now food animals — that have been altered with foreign genes. There has never been a longitudinal scientifically rigorous health study on the impacts of eating genetically altered foods.

The little science there is shows that GMOs are more likely to trigger novel allergies, are less nutritious, sprayed with more herbicides, and contain elevated levels of hormones that correlate with common cancers. And, there’s no doubt that the most common GMO foods are linked to epidemic levels of obesity and diet-related diseases. These include artery-clogging meat and milk products from animals fed GMO grains, trans fats from GMO vegetable oils, and high fructose (GMO) corn syrup.

Public health depends on labeling GMO foods so consumers can avoid them. Mandatory GMO labels are popular with consumers, consistently earning polling numbers politicians dream of.

I am hoping that you and your colleagues in the state legislature can help. Please stand up for consumers’ right to know and truth in labeling by introducing a bill to label GMO foods this year.

I look forward to hearing from you on this important topic.

Advertisements