Monday, July 16, 2018

Congressional Committee Investigation Exposes History Of Testing On American Soldiers

Congressional Committee Investigation Exposes History of Testing on American SoldiersBrandon Turbeville
Natural Blaze
July 13, 2018

In 1995, a PH.D candidate in Maritime Studies (specifically Chemical Pollution), by the name of H. Lindsey Arison III, wrote a report entitled “The ‘Cover-Upof Gulf War Syndrome’ A Question of National Integrity,” where he discussed the toxic chemicals that American service personnel were exposed to during the first American invasion of Iraq and how that exposure may have been the cause or one important contributing factor to the mysterious Gulf War Syndrome that plagued so many soldiers and their families upon returning home.

Dr. Arison concluded:

The Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Department of Veterans Affairs have been lying to the U.S. Congress, Gulf War veterans, and the American people about coalition forces' exposure to chemical and biological agents during the war. 
This criminal, reprehensible, shameful, dishonorable, and egregious act on their part has caused incalculable pain and suffering, caused many who risked their lives for our flag to die, inflicted severe financial hardships, caused many veterans' children to be born deformed and disabled, caused many veterans' children to become diseased, destroyed marriages and families, and eroded the trust of the American people in the institutions they once revered. 
Gulf War veterans are truly the victims of patriotism. What they have suffered is the great American tragedy.
Those who have perpetrated and perpetuated this lie must be held fully accountable.
It should be noted that Dr. Anison was an aide to the Undersecretary of the United States Air Force at the Pentagon.


Friday, July 13, 2018

After US, UK, France Bomb Syria - OPCW Report Contradicts Claims Of 'Irrefutable Proof' Of Chemical Weapons

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post
July 11, 2018

After the lowest moment of Trump’s presidency to date - the bombing of Syria despite the risk of a third world war - the OPCW has released a statement re-affirming that the United States, France, and the UK were wrong about their assertion that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in Douma in April, 2018.

In its latest Fact Finding Mission report, the OPCW states that

OPCW designated labs conducted analysis of prioritised samples. The results show that no organophosphorous nerve agents or their degradation products were detected in the environmental samples or in the plasma samples taken from alleged casualties. Along with explosive residues, various chlorinated organic chemicals were found in samples from two sites, for which there is full chain of custody. Work by the team to establish the significance of these results is on-going. The FFM team will continue its work to draw final conclusions.

So, quite plainly, the decision to bomb Syrian government facilities, research facilities, and civilians in Syria was made on the basis of something that never actually took place. As virtually the entirety of the alternative media was able to report early on before the bombing, there were no chemical weapons used against civilians or terrorists in Douma by the Syrian government. Indeed, shortly after the attacks, clear evidence was presented which demonstrated that the attacks never actually happened. Even more so, clear evidence demonstrated that the attacks were entirely fabricated by the al-Nusra Front propaganda wing known as the White Helmets.

At best, the United States, UK, and France went headlong into a possible third world war half-cocked. However, such a possibility is overly generous to the Western powers who have been attempting to destroy Syria since 2011. More likely, the entire event was coordinated between the White Helmets and the Western powers in order to provide a justification for a military assault on the Syrian government. After all, Russian intelligence warned of an impending false flag in Syria in the days and weeks leading up to the attack, strongly suggesting that the United States (though not saying so outright) was behind the planning.

Unlike previous reports by the OPCW which were heavily politicized and which were heavily seized upon by the West, the Douma report involved an actual presence on the ground by the OPCW FFM, interview with witnesses and civilians, and actual environmental and biological samples, which virtually none of the previous politicized documents had.


Monsanto Ghostwriting Journal Papers, Internal Documents Reveal

Monsanto Ghostwriting Journal Papers, Internal Documents Reveal Pressure on AcademiaBrandon Turbeville
Natural Blaze
July 9, 2018

In a powerful essay for Environmental Health News entitled “Monsanto’s Ghostwriting and Strong-arming Threaten Sound Science – And Society,” Sheldon Krimsky has blown the lid off a number of Monsanto scandals that have been buried in the mainstream corporate news per business as usual. Krimsky is a Lenore Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences and Adjunct Professor of Public Policy and Community Medicine at Tufts University. He also the co-author of a study with Carey Gillam in which the two analyzed thousands of pages of internal Monsanto documents. Their study, along with a study by Leemon McHenry, has revealed massive amounts of corruption between Monsanto and academia.

The most recent examples of that corruption can be evidenced by looking at “discovery documents” which were released under the mandate of the courts as a result of a number of product liability lawsuits filed against Monsanto. In fact, there have been thousands of lawsuits filed against the corporation with the litigants arguing that they have contracted cancer after using Roundup. The lawsuits argue that the company knew full well that its product caused cancer but actively attempted to cover it up.

In Krimsky’s own study conducted and published in the Journal of Public Health Policy (Roundup litigation discovery documents: implications for public health and journal ethics) the researchers analyzed a number of internal Monsanto documents, most of them internal Monsanto communications.

Krimsky writes,

Gillam and I found three major trends illustrating one corporation's view of science, scholarly journals, and environmental regulatory agencies.

Our first finding showed that when the scientific literature did not yield the results Monsanto desired, the company talked internally about writing its own journal articles and paying outside scientists to list their names on the documents when they were sent for publication.


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Secret US 2006 Gov't Document Reveals Plan To Destabilize Syria By Using Extremists, Muslim Brotherhood, Elections

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post
July 3, 2018

As the Syrian government makes massive gains across the country, many are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel for the Western destabilization and attempt to destroy the secular government of Syria by the United States and the West. However, it must be remembered that the goal to impose hegemony across the world by the Anglo-financier system is not some fly-by-night venture that cropped up in 2011 to be easily abandoned in 2018. Indeed, the plan to destroy Syria has spanned nearly four decades, only moving into high gear in 2011 under the Obama administration.

While the destabilization initiative did begin in earnest under Obama’s watch, the truth is that previous administration were also heavily involved in the planning of Syria’s destruction.

For instance, in 2006, TIME revealed a leaked two-page document circulating amongst key figures in the Bush administration that openly stated that the U.S. was “supporting regular meetings of internal and diaspora Syrian activists” in Europe. The document made no bones about expressing hope that “these meetings will facilitate a more coherent strategy and plan of actions for all anti-Assad activists.”

The document also stated, according to TIME, that Syria’s legislative elections which were going to take place in March of 2007, “provide a potentially galvanizing issue for . . . critics of the Assad regime.” The document expressed an open desire to take advantage of that opportunity by suggesting an “election monitoring” plan where “internet accessible materials will be available for printing and dissemination by activists inside the country [Syria] and neighboring countries.”


House Looks At Forcing States To Drill Offshore . . . Or Else

House Looks At Forcing States To Drill Offshore . . . Or ElseBrandon Turbeville
Natural Blaze
July 4, 2018

House Republicans can’t claim anything if they’re not earning their keep for massive corporations and other special interests whether it be genetically modified food, the banking and finance industry, pharmaceutical companies, the Israel lobby, and, of course, Big Oil.

In keeping with their history of doing the bidding of large interests, House Republicans have just put forward a proposals to impose fees on states that do not allow offshore drilling in state waters off their coasts. The measure is designed to punish states for opposing the Federal government’s plan to expand offshore drilling that began under the Obama administration and is continuing under the Trump administration.

The plan to expand offshore drilling has not only met with resistance from environmental activists, even Democrats and Republicans in offshore states have expressed concern and opposition to the plan after public outcry, a stance that has become more entrenched after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

The proposal, which was discussed at a hearing held by the House Natural Resources Committee, will allow states to disapprove drilling offshore in up to half of the lease blocks located off their coasts without incurring a penalty. However, any state that disapproves a proposed lease sale that would seek to put more than 50 percent of the lease blocks off limits would have to pay a fee equal to at least 1/10th the estimated government revenue that would have been generated from the lease sales, royalties, and other revenue streams if the drilling had been allowed to take place.


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Broccoli Pill Could Be Next Big Autism Treatment

Brandon Turbeville
Natural Blaze
June 28, 2018

Parents of children with autism constantly search for new methods of treatment to cure or, at the very least, alleviate the symptoms of their child’s illness. For the most part, the damage has been done when it comes to the effects on the brain and, for that reason, many parents find themselves on goose chase after goose chase.

While mainstream media, Big Pharma, and the medical industry refuse to look at the cause of autism, however, there is research being done in regards to the symptoms.

One such study, “Identification of urinary metabolites that correlate with clinical improvements in children with autism treated with sulforaphane from broccoli.,” published in Molecular Autism has taken a look at using “urinary metabolomics analysis” as a method of identifying pathways that might be involved in the treatment of abnormal physiology in ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder).

Basically, it has been discovered that children with autism have “urinary metabolites” which suggest impairments in a number of pathways, - oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, inflammation, and gut microbiome alterations.

Interestingly enough, sulforaphane, a supplement with indirect antioxidant effects, has been shown to lead to improvements in the social responsiveness and behavior of children with ASD.

The study was designed to look at changes in urinary metabolites associated with clinical improvements in order to determine a “potential mechanism of action,” i.e. how it works.


1 In 12 American Seniors Currently Facing Food Insecurity Despite Claims Of Better Economy

1 in 12 American Seniors Currently Facing Food Insecurity Despite Claims of Better EconomyBrandon Turbeville
Natural Blaze
June 28, 2018

Over 10 Million American Seniors Currently Facing Food Insecurity

Despite the government and its media mouthpieces’ constant claims regarding the “end of the great recession” and the elusive “recovery,” America is still experiencing depression level unemployment rates and vastly lower standards of living.

While the U.S. government touts unemployment rates at around 3%, the reality is that those numbers are more in the 20% range, with statistics being adjusted to make America seem as if it were right back there in its Golden Age of being the most prosperous economy on the face of the earth.

But, despite the celebration from government agencies and corporate media, the ability to meet basic needs like food are still incredibly dicey.

For instance, the 2018 annual report from Feeding America (The State Of Senior Hunger In America 2016: An Annual Report), has analyzed the numbers from two years ago to determine just how stable food security for American seniors is across the country.

The report found some troubling numbers.

Specifically, in 2016, we find that:


New Meta-Analysis Reveals That GMOs And Non-GMO Plants Are Not “Substantially Similar”

New Meta-Analysis Reveals That GMOs and Non-GMO Plants Are Not "Substantially Similar"Brandon Turbeville
Natural Blaze
June 28, 2018

Claims of “substantial equivalence” between GMO plants and their non-GMO counterparts have been proven false


For years, the GMO industry as well as its mouthpieces in Western regulatory agencies and corporate media have dismissed any differences between natural plants and their GM counterparts by labeling the GM variety as “substantially similar” to the natural plant. This concept of “substantial equivalence,” however, has long been disputed and a recent meta-analysis of genetic data on rice, maize, canola, pumpkin, and sunflower is proving to be yet another blow against one of the favorite narratives favored by GM proponents.

In this latest peer-reviewed paper published in Frontiers In Plant Science, researchers from Mexico City looked at wild, GMO, and non-GMO varieties of the five crops mentioned above and analyzed their phenotypic change.

As GM Watch writes,

The phenotype of a crop is defined by a set of characteristics expressed by the crop’s genetic code (DNA). In theory, genetically engineered plants will show phenotypic changes only linked to the traits that scientists added to the GMO in the hope that they will be expressed. For example, a corn plant engineered to express the Bt toxin should not be different from normal corn in other ways.

But the Frontiers In Plant Science article states that "Genetics are complicated and unintended consequences often occur."


Monday, July 2, 2018

Europe Sold Billions More In Conventional Food With A Non-GMO Seal Of Approval

Europe Sold Billions More in Conventional Food With a Non-GMO Seal of ApprovalBrandon Turbeville
Natural Blaze
June 27, 2018

It seems the entire Western world is desperately trying to escape the clutches of the GMO disaster it has allowed itself to be ensared in. While politicians, scientists, and corporate media have repeatedly sold them out, the people themselves seem to be doing everything they can to get a hold of organic, non-GMO food or, as previous generations would have labeled it, food.

Despite prices being obviously higher than those charged by the corporate industry, citizens all over the Western world are making sacrifices in order to gain access to clean food.

In Germany, for instance, food producers will sell 7 billion Euros worth of non-GMO food according to forecasts, a 27% increase when compared to sales of non-GMO food in 2017.

The predictions are made based on the forecasting of the licensees of the “Ohne GenTechNik” seal.

In 2017, the food industry sold 5.44 billion Euros worth of food with the “Ohne GenTechNik” seal of approval. Milk and dairy products made up the bulk of the sales while poultry and eggs also made up a significant part.

The German Association Of Food Without Genetic Engineering (VLOG) says that there will not be a challenge to meet the feed needs for an increase in the demand for non-GMO dairy products. VLOG says that rapeseed meal can take over if there is a lack of adequate grain feed and, even without rapeseed, there are plenty of avenues for import of non-GMO grain to make up the needed supply.

VLOG also stated that German supermarkets, particularly LIDL, will soon start to stock non-GMO labelled salmon products.


Illnesses From Pesticide Drift Increase By 50% In Just One State

Illnesses Pesticide Drift Increase by 50% In Just One StateBrandon Turbeville
Natural Blaze
June 27, 2018

Troubling numbers have arrived from California regarding illnesses caused by agricultural pesticide exposure.

According to data released by the Department of Pesticide Regulation for 2015, the number of illnesses increased by 50% from 2014

The number of cases labeled “definite,” “probable,” and “possible” related to pesticides increased from 265 in 2014 to 397 in 2015.

As the Register Pajaronian writes,

Overall pesticide-related illnesses, including those stemming from non-agricultural exposure, were up 10 percent over the prior year. DPR’s latest Pesticide Illness Report documented 1,187 cases in 2015, a third of them agricultural. Drift was to blame for most of the agricultural incidents, including one in Kern County that sickened 82 workers.

Monterey County’s 89 agricultural pesticide illnesses and injuries were third most in the entire state only to Fresno County’s 102 and Kern County’s 98 cases. Monterey County saw a 370 percent increase in such pesticide illnesses above 2014.

Interestingly, the report shows that, even when workers followed federal and state regulations, hundreds of people were still harmed.


Bill Gates Donates $4 Million Dollars To New GM Mosquito Project

Brandon Turbeville
Natural Blaze
June 26, 2018

Bill Gates is at it yet again. After promoting dangerous vaccines at home and abroad as well as GMOs in the third world, Gates is continuing on with his mission of promoting genetic modification by donating money to into a project allegedly designed to eradicate malaria.

The project consists of using genetically modified mosquitoes designed to pass on a self-destructive gene to their offspring, thus bringing about the demise and reduction of the Aedis Egypti mosquito. 

Gates is pouring in $4 million of his own money into the project overseen by UK company Oxitec. The plan is to eradicate the Anepholes species of mosquito or, at the very least, to vastly lower its numbers in the wild. 

The genetically modified version of Anepholes is not yet ready but Oxitec expects them to be ready for trial by 2020. 

If this program sounds familiar, that's because it is. 

Oxitec has been creating franken-mosquitoes for years under the guise of eradicating Dengue fever, Zika virus, and now malaria. Gates has also been involved with the same project, having donated $4.9 million to work on various "killer mosquitoes" projects. 

One risk associated with the Oxitec experiment (both Aedes Aegypti and Anopheles) is the potential for the release of genetically engineered biting females into the environment. Since female mosquitoes are the mosquitoes which bite humans, Oxitec claims that its GE mosquito population is an all-boys club. However, due to the method by which the mosquitoes are sorted, the potential for release of female mosquitoes is very real.


Landmark Case Makes It Illegal To Kill Dogs For Food In South Korea

Landmark Case Makes it Illegal to Kill Dogs for Food in South KoreaBrandon Turbeville
June 26, 2018

A landmark ruling by a court in South Korea has many activists hoping that the decision may pave the way for a ban on the horrific dog meat practice in the country.

This is because a South Korean court has ruled for the first time that it is illegal to kill dogs for their meat.

While lawmakers in South Korea have long hesitated to actually ban the practice, some have moved forward with laws governing hygiene and/or cruelty and cruelty in slaughter methods.

“It is very significant in that it is the first court decision that killing dogs for dog meat is illegal itself,” said Kim Kyung-eun, a lawyer with animal rights organization Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth.

She also stated that the ruling has “paved the way for outlawing dog meat consumption entirely.”

The ruling came about after CARE filed complaints against a dog farm operator and accusing him of "killing animals without proper reasons," in addition to violating hygiene and building regulations."

Prosecutors charged the man and he was convicted, being fined $2,700 and waiving his right to appeal. The fact that he was found guilty, however, is giving animal rights activists a reason to cheer due to the fact that his conviction sets the precedent that killing dogs for food cannot be used as a legal defense.

Park So-youn, the leader of CARE is planning to repeat the process with other dog meat farms, tracking down the farms and slaughterhouses, filing complaints, and hoping for a similar legal outcome.


French Beekeepers Go After Bayer After Glyphosate Found In Honey

French Beekeepers Go After Bayer After finding Glyphosate HoneyBrandon Turbeville
Natural Blaze
June 26, 2018

“I’m not going to be like everyone else, I’m going to file suit against Monsanto”

A beekeeping cooperative in northern France has filed a legal complaint against Bayer, the German chemical giant that recently merged with Monsanto after finding traces of glyphosate in their honey.

The herbicide was detected by Famille Michaud, one of France's largest honey marketers, in three batches of honey provided by its members.

The head of the cooperative in the region of Aisne, Jean-Marie Camus, said "They systematically analyse the honey shipments they receive, and they found glyphosate." 

Glyphosate, also known as Roundup, is the most widely used in France, though French President Emmanuel Macron has agreed to attempt to ban it by 2021.

While evidence has repeatedly shown that links Glyphosate to cancer, liver disease, and a host of other negative health effects, it has also been linked to the decline in the bee population, making the discovery of glyphosate in honey all the more concerning since it is clearly reaching bees. 

The new European Soviet, the EU, renewed the license for glyphosate weedkillers last November despite many Europeans and even European governments having deep reservations and intense opposition.


The Tricky Way America Allows Corporations To Torture Animals Under Cover Of Science

The Tricky Way America Allows Corporations to Torture Animals Under Cover of ScienceBrandon Turbeville
Natural Blaze
June 25, 2018

I recently wrote an article describing a number of the horrors surrounding the animal testing industry, specifically the use of dogs in that industry. The article relied heavily on information written in an article by Glenn Greenwald and Leighton Akio Woodhouse entitled “Bred To Suffer.” During the course of my article, I wrote of how lax laws regarding animal testing are in America, a fact that some have found surprising.

As a result, I thought it necessary to provide a short follow-up to point out just how tolerant America's legal system is to torturing animals under the guise of experimentation.

The main law that oversees animal experimentation is the 1966 Animal Welfare Act (aka the Laboratory Animal Welfare Act). Under the law, all forms of experimentation on animals is legally acceptable despite better and more accurate research methods currently in existence. A few states have banned product testing on animals so long as alternatives are available.

The law does require minimal standards of “humane treatment” before the animals are tortured, however. But, even with the rules are complied with, the standards are anything but humane.

One such example is that the standards require that a dogs’ cage be six inches taller than its height and six inches longer than its body length. But, if the “researchers” double the size of the cage, they can avoid the standard that requires the dog to be released from its cage for exercise.

Greenwald and Woodhouse write,


Cancer Victims Sue Johnson & Johnson Over Mesothelioma From Asbestos In Talc Powder

Brandon Turbeville
Natural Blaze
June 25, 2018

“So far we are just scratching the surface. This is a ticking timebomb.”

As the knowledge regarding the link between Talcum powder and diseases such as Ovarian cancer and mesothelioma grow amongst the population of the Western world, there is also a growing movement for retribution from the companies who knowingly sold the substance to women across the planet without informing them of the cancer risks or the fact that their product had been cross contaminated with asbestos.

Having first begun in earnest in the United States, that movement is now taking off in the UK, where solicitor Phillip Gower is worried that thousands of British women may have cancer linked to the extensive use of talc. Many of these victims would have no idea that their diagnosis is linked to such a ubiquitous and seemingly harmless product.

Most of these women have been using talc since they were teenagers and, for that reason, middle aged women are at vastly higher risk for developing cancer that can be traced back to those products. US victims have already successfully sued talc manufacturers for millions of dollars over the issue and now it seems people in the UK will be doing the same.

Phillip Gower of Simpson Millar solicitors is now teaming up with a US attorney who has already won a number of suits for women injured by talc.

In April, a New Jersey investment banker won $117 million in damages after developing mesothelioma through talc that had been contaminated with asbestos dust and sold through Johnson and Johnson talcum powders.


Ketamine Is Good At Treating Depression And Here’s How We Think It Works

Ketamine Treating Depression - How it WorksBrandon Turbeville
Natural Blaze
June 20, 2018

As more and more evidence demonstrating that ketamine, a veterinary anesthetic used recreationally by many people, can actually produce benefits, scientists are increasingly looking at the possibility that ketamine can be used to treat disorders like depression.
Many casual ketamine users have long known that ketamine can alleviate depression, or at least the symptoms of it. But a hesitance in the scientific community to listen to non-PhDs and a barbaric drug war have long prevented adequate research into the subject.
The research that has been done, however, has discovered that recreational users were right. Now scientists are trying to figure out how ketamine actually alleviates the symptoms of depression.
In a new study entitled, “NMDAR-Independent, cAMP-dependent antidepressant actions of ketamine,” published in the Nature journal Molecular Psychiatry.
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago looked at the mechanism of how ketamine dampens the symptoms of depression. These researchers claim that ketamine works similar to SSRIs. Essentially, the main active component is the G protein, which produces cyclic AMP, a messenger that nerve cells need in order to signal properly.
Earlier research has shown that people with depression have higher numbers of G proteins in their cell membranes. Researchers believe that this dampens the signals of cells which then contributes to the symptoms of depression, particularly the feeling of emotional numbness.

Canada Second Nation To Decriminalize Marijuana After Uruguay

Canada Decriminalize Marijuana After UruguayBrandon Turbeville
Natural Blaze
June 23, 2018

Canada is now tiptoeing into the 21st century with the recent passage of a marijuana legalization bill. The new legislation, known as the Cannabis Act (C-45), has now made Canada the second nation to legalize recreational marijuana in the world after Uruguay.
The Cannabis Act passed in the Canadian Senate 52 to 29.
But while many are hailing the new law, it must be kept in mind that there is a vast difference between legalization and decriminalization, the latter being the most desirable since the former often involves strict controls. While decriminalization means that no laws will be passed to restrict the possession, production, or consumption of the plant, legalization works on the premise that the individual has not the right to consume what they choose but that the government is responsible for designating that consumption as a privilege.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took to Twitter to emphasize that difference when he said, “It’s been too easy for our kids to get marijuana – and for criminals to reap the profits. Today, we change that. Our plant to legalize and regulate marijuana just passed the Senate.”
Still, the move is undeniably a major step in the right direction.
Once the legislation goes into effect, Canadian adults over 18 years of age will no longer be arrested and thrown into cages for possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana in public.
However, marijuana purchases must be made through government-approved vendors that themselves will be regulated by the Federal government and the states and provinces.

Dying Man Testifies Against Monsanto This Week, First Trial On Roundup’s Link To Cancer

Dying Man Testifies Against Monsanto This Week, First Trial on Roundup's Link to CancerBrandon Turbeville
Natural Blaze
June 22, 2018

Dying Man’s Lawsuit Set to Go This Week Claims Monsanto Hid The Cancer Dangers Of Roundup For Years

A 46-year-old school groundskeeper is now at the forefront of the fight against Monsanto, despite the fact that he may not have much longer to live. Monday, June 25th marks the historic date that the terminally ill man will be in the first trial that links Monsanto’s weedkiller to cancer.
DeWayne Johnson is doing everything he can to survive but the odds are not in his favor. He has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and 80% of his body is covered in cancerous legions.
Still, as a husband and a father in California, he is trying to stay alive long enough to at least see Monsanto be forced to reckon with the fact that one of the world’s most evil corporations is responsible for his condition.
Under California law, Johnson has the right to an expedited trial since he is a dying patient.
Johnson will be the first person to actually take Monsanto to trial over allegations that its herbicide Roundup causes cancer and that the corporation spent decades attempting to hide the fact that it is responsible for the disease.
According to the court record, Johnson had a job as a groundskeeper for the Benicia unified school district where he applied numerous treatments of Monsanto’s herbicides to school properties from 2012 until at least late 2015. He was healthy and active before he got the cancer diagnosis in August 2014. In a January deposition, Johnson’s treating physician testified that more than 80% of his body was covered by lesions, and that he probably had but a few months to live. Johnson has improved since starting a new drug treatment in November but remains too weak sometimes to even speak or get out of bed, his attorneys and doctors state in court filings.

Beagles Are Docile And Trusting – And That’s Why Corporations Use Them For Lab Tests

Beagles are Docile and Trusting - and That's Why Corporations Use Them For Lab TestsBrandon Turbeville
Natural Blaze
June 21, 2018

An illuminating report by Glenn Greenwald and Leighton Akio Woodhouse of The Intercept entitled “Bred To Suffer,” has shed some much needed light on the animal testing industry and the utter cruelty inflicted upon innocent animals for corporate gains and, many times, absolutely no reason whatsoever.

While Greenwald and Woodhouse focus on the dog experimentation industry, it should be kept in mind that dogs are not the only animals used. Cats, rabbits, monkeys, guinea pigs, rats, are also victims in horrific numbers. Most of these animals are bred for experimentation – never to experience a moment of freedom or kindness – to live a life of extreme torture and, when the torture is done, they are killed for no longer being of use. For these animals, a short existence is the best they can hope for. Dying at birth is a blessing.

While Americans may be rightfully horrified at the Chinese and South Korean dog meat trade (See also Viv Thompson's article "Torture Not Culture - China And The Dog And Cat Meat Trade,") there is seldom the same level of indignation expressed at the corporations and universities who routinely use animals for excruciating experiments.

The USDA’s own “Animal Usage Report,” lists that 60,979 dogs were used for experimentation in the United States in 2016. 60 thousand dogs in one year alone. The reported number for all animals was 820,812 (roughly 183k guinea pigs, 139k rabbits, 102k hamsters, 71k non-human primates, i.e. monkeys, 60k dogs, 50k pigs, 18k cats, 12k sheep, 20k other farm animals, and 161k other covered species). Many animals such as fish and birds are not covered under the reporting requirements and thus no numbers exist by which to measure the amount being experimented on. However, estimates range from 20 to 100 million.

2016 saw an increase of animal testing by 6.9 percent as compared to 2015 according to Speaking of Research.


Ethiopia Moves To Poison Its Own Food Supply

Ethiopia GMO Moves to Poison Its Own Food SupplyBrandon Turbeville
Natural Blaze
June 21, 2018

The latest country in Africa to approve GMO cultivation has recently announced its plan to begin cultivating both Bt Cotton and “biotech maize.” Ethiopia is approving the new genetically modified crop as growing expansion of GMOs threatens to overtake the African continent in what can only be described as Western corporate imperialism.

According to the International Service For The Acquisition Of Agri-Biotech Applications,

The Government of Ethiopia is the latest African country to authorize cultivation of biotech crops by granting two landmark approvals for environmental release of Bt cottonand research trials on biotech maize. In a letter signed by the Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change H.E. Gamado Dale to the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (Applicant), the country will start with two Bt cotton hybrids: JKCH1050 and JKCH1947. The release for Bt cotton is based on experts' analysis of the results from two-season confined field trials conducted under the supervision of the Biosafety Affairs Directorate of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change and Biosafety technical working team drown from different institutions that have evaluated the final report submitted by the applicant. The Ethiopian government has identified cotton as a strategically important commodity crop to supply raw material for the rapidly growing textile sector and to generate thousands of jobs along the cotton sub-sector value chain.

On maize, the research institute will commence confined field trials of an event with stacked traits for drought tolerance and insect resistance in partnership with the African Agricultural Technology Foundation. The research permit is for five years.


Reports Of Off-Target Injury From Dicamba Skyrocket As Summer Hits

Reports of Off-Target Injury From Dicamba Skyrocket as Summer HitsBrandon Turbeville
Natural Blaze
June 21, 2018

Troubling amounts of off-target injury reports are coming from across the South and Midwest of the United States from 2, 4-D dicamba spraying. The new reports are forcing weed scientists and regulators to urge farmers that are going to utilize dicamba to stay “on label.”

According to Texas A&M Extension Cotton Specialist Gaylon Morgan, cotton growers in Texas are seeing more dicamba damage to cotton than would otherwise be considered normal during this time of year. Larry Steckel, University of Tennessee Extension weed scientist has also seen a number of reports of injury in the Western part of the state and at least one dicamba injury report.

Dicamba injury complaints have been filed in Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, and Arkansas according to the American Association of Pesticide Control Officers, primarily on non-soybean plants including vegetables, fruits, ornamentals, and trees.

Morgan states that applicator confusion about spray buffers is probably the most common reason of the damage in Texas. "If there is susceptible crop downwind from your field, you cannot spray when the wind is blowing in that direction -- there are no buffers that allow you to spray," he said. "I think that is the single biggest misunderstanding out there."

Steckel says recent rainy weather has forced Tennessee farmers to utilize a tinier window of time when deploying dicamba. "There simply being no good day to spray has been the biggest problem here," he said.

As The Progressive Farmer writes,


Climate Change Debate Takes New Turn As Questions Arise Over EPA Secret Science

Climate Change Debate Takes New Turn As Questions Arise Over EPA Secret ScienceBrandon Turbeville
Natural Blaze
June 20, 2018

The political theatre between climate change fanaticism and free market lack of regard for the environment is continuing apace and notably so with a recent move by the EPA Science Advisory Board.

The SAB voted on May 31 to review a series of rules that the EPA under administrator Scott Pruitt, proposed over the past eight months.

These new rules include a plan to limit the use of “secret science” as well as proposals to strike down limits imposed on greenhouse gas emissions.

The former rule change would prevent the EPA from relying on scientific studies that include “non-public data” in formulating its policy. Pruitt is framing the new decision to be based on transparency.

On May 12, the SAB criticized the EPA for not submitting the new rule to the SAB for review. As Nature reports, “The working group is very much in favor of transparency,” said Alison Cullen, an environmental health researcher at the University of Washington in Seattle and chair of the working group, during the SAB meeting. But on this particular proposal, there is a “very real lack of clarity” in how the rule would be applied," she said.

A number of scientists and environmentalists argue that the new EPA rule is counterproductive simply because it limits the agency in what data it can use. They argue that some of the data cannot be made public due to privacy concerns.

Both sides clearly have a point. If the EPA has non-public information pointing toward a certain chemical being toxic, for instance, the EPA should be able to formulate a policy based on the real scientific evidence.


Volkswagen Caught Testing Diesel Exhaust On Monkeys

Volkswagen Caught Testing Diesel Exhaust on MonkeysBrandon Turbeville
Natural Blaze
June 20, 2018

After horrible press, fines, and imprisonments, Volkswagon once again found itself in the middle of a controversy when it was revealed that the company was testing its product on animals.

Despite having fudged the numbers on its pollution standards software to appear more compliant, Volkswagon had been using macaque monkeys to test the health effects of diesel exhaust.

The monkeys were contained in an airtight chamber and had diesel fuel exhaust spewed in their faces.

This time, however, Volkswagon is doing the right thing and announcing that it will no longer test its products on animals.

“Research projects and studies must always be balanced with consideration of ethical and moral questions,” wrote Mr. Herbert Diess, Volkswagon Chief Executive, in a letter to PETA. “Volkswagen explicitly distances itself from all forms of animal abuse. In the future, we will rule out all testing on animals, as long as there are no pressing — such as legal — reasons that would make this necessary.”

“Volkswagen did the right thing in pledging to no longer conduct tests on animals, which are irrelevant to human health and not required by law,” said Kathy Guillermo, a senior vice president at the group. “PETA is calling on other carmakers that still test on animals to follow suit and embrace modern and humane, animal-free research methods instead.”

France Proposes Mandatory Labeling For Meat And Dairy From Animals Raised On GMO Feed

France Proposes Mandatory Labeling for Meat and Dairy From Animals Raised on GMO FeedBrandon Turbeville
Natural Blaze
June 19, 2018

Surprisingly, many French politicians have supported a new proposal for the mandatory labeling of both meat and dairy products produced from animals raised on genetically modified feed.

The proposal for mandatory labeling is listed in the first draft of French President Emmanuel Macron’s Food and Agriculture Bill, which is currently being debated in the French parliament.

The bill, as it currently stands, will also require labels to include details of the pesticides used on fruit and vegetables.

France Nature Environment, a umbrella organization comprising a number of environmental groups, has championed a change in the labeling laws and are hailing the new law as a victory.

The bill is going to be put to the French Senate on June 26 for debate.

If the Senate accepts the bill, the labeling laws will start in January, 2023.

Labels on the pack of food products would have to also include information on the conditions under which the animals were raised and whether or not they were fed GM feed.

As Philip Case of Farmers Weekly writes,


333 Whales Hunted, A Third Of Them Pregnant, Killed In Japan’s Gruesome Program

Brandon Turbeville
Natural Blaze
June 19, 2018

Whales Hunted in the Name of “Science”

Japan has long taken a toll on the whale population and 2018, despite a ruling by the International Whaling Commission, will be no different.

 A new report by Japan to the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Committee has now confirmed that 333 whales were murdered during the most recent hunt in the Southern Ocean. Of the 333 whales, 122 were pregnant. 53 were immature specimens.

The report was submitted to the SCIWC ahead of the IWC meeting in late May of 2018 in an effort to demonstrate that its scientists were gathering useful and valuable data on whale populations as a result of their hunt and that there are enough whales in the ocean so that commercial whaling can be resumed.

The Japanese government has long used a loophole in the 1946 International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling that, while prohibiting commercial whaling, allows countries to “kill, take and treat whales for purposes of scientific research." Japan has also long argued that whaling is an important part of its livelihood and culture.

Environmentalists and animal rights activists point out that the Japanese whalers are acting in defiance of the International Court of Justice in the Hague’s 2014 ruling and claim that the “scientific” whaling missions are just thinly disguised commercial hunts masquerading as “science.” These activists want the hunts to stop immediately.

Whales Hunted Despite Sanctuary

They also claim that the Japanese government is ignoring the declaration by the Australian and New Zealand governments which designated a large portion of the Southern Ocean to be a wildlife sanctuary where whaling is prohibited.