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Saturday, September 01, 2007

GM Crops produce more trouble than food.

More and more countries and individuals are questioning the wisdom of testing GM crops in open field trials which would inevitably cause these modified crops to spread beyond the test fields. Only a very few would benefit to the detriment of the majority of humanity. No long-term, unbiased testing on the health and safety of these crops on human and animal life and on the environment have been undertaken.
clipped from etna.mcot.net
BANGKOK, Aug 27 (TNA) – Nine tonnes of papaya were dumped at the gates of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives on the capital's stately Rajdamnoen Avenue Monday in protest of the ministry's plan to promote fruit allegedly grown as genetically modified organisms (GMO).
Ms. Nutthawipa charged the ministry's promotion of GMO papaya was merely aimed to help a few firms at the cost of the country's fruit exports, because world markets will not accept GMO products.
Rice Exporters Association chief Chukiat Ophatwong urged the government to call off all research and development projects on any GMO product because it would impact rice and other farm commodities bound for world export markets. (TNA)-E008
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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Ecological Paradise Being Destroyed Greed

Hotel and resort owners have been dumping sewage into the ocean for years despite warning from environmentalists. These businesses claim it is too expensive to install septic tanks and waste water treatment facilities despite obvious record profits. No environmental impact statements have been required nor has the government taken an interest in enforcing the laws dealing with all new construction projects. We need to inform our representatives in the assemblea that this kind of lawlessness will not be tolerated and will destroy Costa Rica's tourism industry if action is not taken promptly!
clipped from www.iol.co.za
By John McPhaul

San Jose, Costa Rica - A tropical algae thriving on fertilisers from hotel golf courses and badly treated sewage is killing one of Costa Rica's most important coastal reefs, scientists say.

A tourism and construction boom along the palm tree-lined beaches is creating nitrogen- and phosphate-rich waste that feeds the algae, known as Caulerpa sertularioides, and Costa Rica is only just becoming aware of the problem.

The algae is the latest challenge facing Costa Rican authorities as the Central American country struggles with conserving its unique tropical biodiversity while attracting tourists and marketing itself as an ecotourism paradise.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Rove and Cheney Flee Sinking Administration

SEPT. 15: In Central America this date marks Independence Day. In the United States the day will bring together the people who want to impeach Bush, end the war in Iraq, restore civil rights and the constitution, and abolish torture. Looks like a busy date to mark on your calendars!
clipped from www.impeachbush.org
Thousands of Americans from around the country will join together to demand the impeachment of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney and insist on the immediate end to the war in Iraq. September 15th is the date General David Petraeus is mandated to make a report to Congress on the progress of the so-called surge. The eyes of the national and international media will be focused on Washington DC at that time. In the coming weeks we will be taking out newspaper ads, producing 500,000 leaflets, flyers, and stickers, and setting up outreach committees for the September 15th March in Washington all over the country. Click here for more information.  
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