One of every three bites of food eaten worldwide depends on pollinators — especially bees. So why are we so flippant about bee die-off? What can be done and what IS being done to stop it?
Every week, Fracked Earth News collects the latest in climate change and energy headlines, including:
__For 60+ million people in sub-Saharan Africa, climate change portends a rapid descent into hunger. Currently, some only have one meal a day and “a full 37 percent of children … are stunted.”
__Flourishing in drought, deliberately-set fires rage “across the forests and peatlands of Indonesia,” predicted to soon produce as much carbon as UK’s “entire annual output.” Orangutans, clouded leopards, others are threatened but there’s money to be made in paper and palm oil
__So much lead in Flint, Michigan’s water that children’s health is threatened, particularly where lead levels meet the “hazardous waste” definition. A while back, city officials “stopped using [very high priced] Detroit water and started drawing water from the Flint River.”
Ukraine has become a nation synonymous with the daily headlines, from the trail of western intervention and subversion that lead to a violent coup in 2013 to the devastating civil war that has torn the nation apart. These stories, as crucial as they are to investigate, have provided the perfect cover for international corporations to exploit Ukraine’s resources.
This exploitation accelerated when Ukraine declared its independence in 1992. From this period onward, Ukraine has experienced the colonization of its vastly important agricultural sector. International agribusiness and biotechnology firms have steadily been reforming Ukraine’s agricultural laws in order to eventually allow for an explosion in the production of genetically modified organisms.
Recent efforts to speed up this annexation of Ukrainian agriculture have been documented by the Oakland Institute. Their fact-sheet on the “Corporate Takeover of Ukrainian Agriculture” shows how the law firm Frishberg and Partners found loopholes in a moratorium on Ukrainian agricultural land sales. The law firm suggested a two-pronged approach to circumventing this moratorium, which remains in force until January 1, 2016. These loopholes are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the multinational effort to subdue and mold a potentially lucrative agriculture market for maximum profit. While Ukraine currently enforces a ban on GMO products, it has become apparent that this is a temporary state of affairs.
The stage was set for the impending removal of this ban when Ukraine and the EU signed an association agreement in 2014.