10 Problems Genetically Modified Foods Are Already Causing


10 Problems Genetically Modified Foods Are Already Causing

1.Distract from Healthy, Environmentally Friendly Technologies

2.Harm Biodiversity

3.Revolving Door between Government and Biotech Workers

4.Little Government Oversight

5.Increased Suicide Rates

6.It’s Illegal to Accidentally Grow a GM Plant

7.Cross-Pollination Contaminates Regular Crops

8.Farmers Can’t Harvest Seeds

9.Kill Bees and Butterflies

10.Create Superbugs and Super weeds

Comments : All the above facts show clearly that from planting the crop to its harvest the farmers are not benefited neither nature nor the people consuming it . It is only the corporation who benefits with the introduction of the genetically modified crops. Promote organic food, traditional farming, support local farmers these factors will help in having healthy food on your plate.

Source :listverse.com

EU To Ban Pesticides In Order To Save Bees


EU To Ban Pesticides In Order To Save Bees

The next time you see a bee buzzing around, it’s worthwhile remembering that much of the food we eat depends significantly on pollination these insects provide. But bees and other pollinators are declining globally, particularly in North America and Europe, putting this essential role in doubt.The European Union on Tuesday restricted the use of the insecticide Fipronil, the latest move to protect honey bees after a May ban on three other insecticides.

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In the US, the loss of 30-40% of commercial honeybee colonies since 2006 has been linked to “colony collapse disorder”, a syndrome characterised by disappearing worker bees. Since 2004, losses of honeybee colonies have left North America with fewer managed pollinators than at any time in the last 50 years. In recent winters, bees colony mortality in Europe has averaged about 20% (but up to 53% for some countries).

Without insect pollination, about one-third of the crops we eat would either have to be pollinated by other means, or face considerably lower yields. In all, up to 75% of our crops would suffer some decrease in productivity. Undoubtedly, the most nutritious and interesting crops in our diet (including many key fruits and vegetables), together with some crops used as fodder in meat and dairy production, would be badly affected by a decline in insect pollinators. The most recent estimates value pollination services at €265bn.

And the problem could become even bigger as the world moves progressively towards growing more crops that are dependent on bee (and other insect) pollinators. So why are some policy-makers still trying to delay actions designed to save the farmer’s smartest natural allies?
Europe took a significant step in the right direction  the ban on the insecticide produced by Germany’s BASF was agreed by 23 of the 28 EU states, with only Spain and Romania voting against, EU sources said.

A scientific risk assessment carried out by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in May said seeds treated with pesticides containing Fipronil pose an acute risk to Europe’s  population.

The restrictions, to apply from December 31, will ban the use of Fipronil on maize and  but may allow its use for the treatment of seeds that will only be sown in greenhouses.

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That exception will not apply to leeks, shallots, onions and vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, cauliflower or broccoli.

BASF criticised the decision, saying the EU executive, the European Commission, would do better to study the real reasons behind the decline in bees rather than limit the use of new technologies in farming.

In May the Commission banned for two years beginning in December three  made by chemicals giants Bayer and Syngenta.

Bayer of Germany and Switzerland’s Syngenta insisted that their products were not to blame for a very sharp decline in the bee population which has stoked fears over future food security, made worse by the unpredictable impact of .

Source : phys.org  , greenpeace.org

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India’s- Initiatives Against Human Trafficking


India– new assessment of victim assistance and criminal justice initiatives against human trafficking

 SOURCE : UNGIFT.ORG

UNODC has commissioned a country assessment of service providers and criminal justice actors who deal with victims of human trafficking in IndiaThe report is the result of consultations with officers of anti-human trafficking units, key ministries and civil society, as well as government and NGO-run victim shelter homes. It also provides a brief situational analysis of 13 forms of human trafficking, such as trafficking for organs, forced marriages and adoption rackets, and highlights broad trends across the country.

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The report, made possible with support from the European Union, details initiatives taken by the national, as well as 21 state-level governments in India, to counter trafficking; lays out constitutional and legal provisions, including landmark judgements; and describes government-sponsored protection schemes. Data from the National Crimes Record Bureau of India on missing persons are also presented. In addition, the report identifies key areas that require attention and concerted action to strengthen services for trafficking survivors, such as the provision of special juvenile police units and victim shelters.

Protecting the identity and rights of human trafficking survivors not only helps convict traffickers but also guards against re-trafficking. To ensure a victim-centred and human rights approach to the crime of trafficking in persons, there is a need to improve mechanisms for the identification of victims and the establishment of adequate referral procedures for institutions providing support, assistance and reintegration.

Click here to read the report. 

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