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Hyper Report 08/07/2012 – US Banker Rats Jumping Euro Ship

via: HyperReport
August 7, 2012

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Putting The Corn Harvest In Drought And Flood Context

via: ZeroHedge
by: Tyler Durden
July 16, 2012

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By now, everyone is aware of the incredible increase in the price of corn thanks in large part to the almost unprecedented drought levels across the country. Up another 5% today at over $7.77, the 30-day run has seen prices up over 41%. However, while this is an unbelievable move to record high prices, on a trailing 12-month basis, this price move has merely mean-reverted to the average gain of the last 10 years. From 2002-2011, the average price rise from July-to-July was around $55 and the current July-to-July price rise is only around $75. While things do not look set to improve any time soon for the weather, some longer-term context for Corn may well be worth considering. Furthermore, as Goldman notes the lack of rainfall and extreme warmth has shifted corn yields to the second-largest yield-loss since 1950 (noting that the current 24% rise in the Ag complex is still well below the 35% rise in the ‘drought’ summer of 1988) and the implications for global inflation are gravely concerning as hopes of China stimulus are impaired.

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The Largest Natural Disaster In U.S. History: The Endless Drought Of 2012 Will Bake America Well Into August

via: EndOfTheAmericanDream
July 15, 2012

Why is the heartland of the United States experiencing such a horrific drought right now?  At the moment, approximately61 percent of the entire nation is experiencing drought conditions, and this is absolutely devastating farmers and ranchers all over the country.  Less than two weeks ago I wrote an article asking what would happen if these drought conditions persisted, and now we are finding out.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has created the largest natural disaster area in U.S. history.  The USDA has declared 1,016 counties in 26 U.S. states to be disaster areas. The USDA declaration basically covered about half of the nation, and there is now no denying how horrible this drought really is.  You can see a map of this disaster area right here.  This endless drought is being compared to the nightmarish drought of 1988, and if it persists into August it could become perhaps the worst drought that America has ever seen.  The USDA says that approximately 60 percent of all corn in the country is experiencing “moderate to extreme” drought conditions.  If this drought does not end soon, the losses are going to be mind blowing.  Already, it is estimated that farmers and ranchers have suffered billions of dollars in damage.  How much worse can things get?

Continue Reading At: EndOfTheAmericanDream.com

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EPA spying on farms and ranches from the air, snapping photos to issue fines

via: NaturalNews
by: Thursday, July 12, 2012
By: J. D. Heyes

[NaturalNews] The expanding Leviathan state appears to be on auto-drive these days; the latest example of Big Brother’s overreach coming from the always-intrusive Environmental Protection Agency.

Farmers around the country are complaining about the EPA flying over their property to “check” for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, a practice the agency began in 2010, according to reports.

Ranchers objecting to the flyovers say they don’t have anything to hide, which they add, is more to the point: Why is the agency spying on them? What is the impetus? Are there so many violations of the Clean Water Act that a broke government has to spend money it doesn’t have to keep an eye on farmers? The EPA says it is looking for illegal disposal of animal waste, but with no history of violations, the program becomes even more ominous.

What’s worse, ranchers say, the entire program was set up in secret. Most knew nothing about it until EPA officials let the cat out of the bag a few months ago.

Big Brother just keeps getting bigger

“For me, it just creeps into the ‘Big Brother is watching you’ area, to where the government just feels like it’s getting more and more intrusive,” Buck Wehrbein, who manages a cattle feeding operation in Mead, Neb., about 30 miles west of Omaha, told The Associated Press.

The agency says it leases small planes, whose pilots fly EPA staffers over certain cattle operations. The staffers then take photographs of the rancher’s land, looking for any evidence that animal waste is running off into rivers and streams.

But again, ranchers argue, with no history of violations, why this program now? Most believe there is a political agenda behind it, as do a number of U.S. lawmakers, many of whom are fielding angry complaints from rancher constituents.

Some lawmakers are attempting to fight back, but so far they don’t have enough support, either in Congress or the White House.

Case in point: Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., recently introduced a major farm bill to stop the unwarranted overflights, but the common sense measure fell a few votes short of the 60 needed for passage.

More information required, please

“EPA has been deliberately ambiguous when it comes to the size and scope of this program,” said Johanns in a statement. “EPA must be honest about this program or cease it entirely, and I will continue pressing for this information on behalf of all concerned farmers and ranchers.”

He’s not alone. Sen. Charles Grassley, a Republican from Iowa – in the heart of the farming Midwest – met in late June with EPA officials in an attempt to find out why the agency was spying on farmers without provocation. He also wants more information about why the agency sent staffers to “observe” farming operations that weren’t required to have discharge permits.

“The EPA has come back with some answers, and those are being reviewed now,” Grassley spokeswoman Jill Kozeny said, adding that Grassley may go back to the EPA for more answers, depending on what information has been provided.

Stay tuned.

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Monsanto-Funded Science Denies Emerging Roundup-Cancer Link

Via: Activist Post
Sayer Ji, Contributor
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Monsanto-funded research has been proliferating as uncontrollably as their genetically modified (GM) plants, and the bugs increasingly resistant to them.

Two studies have appeared in scientific journals in the past eight months, both funded by Monsanto, and both discrediting a Roundup herbicide-cancer link.[i] [ii]

The context within which these new studies are appearing is the growing body of experimental research indicating that the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, along with the surfactants and related “inactive” ingredients found within glyphosate-based formulations, cause genetic damage associated with cancer initiation, and at levels far below those used agricultural applications and associated with real-world exposures.[iii] [iv] [v] [vi] [vii]

This has put manufacturers and proponents of glyphosate, as well as “Roundup Ready” GM plants in a vulnerable position.

If, the precautionary principle is employed and a much-needed reclassification of glyphosate as a class III carcinogen to a class II or I occurs, the increasingly global dominance of GM-based food crop systems will come to a screeching, regulation-induced halt.

So, given the threat posed by non-industry funded research on glyphosate’s toxicity, Monsanto has been putting money into research and development — but not in the reputable sense of the phrase — bypaying for research to develop the storyline that, despite damning research to contrary, Roundup is still safe.

Read More At ActivistPost.com 

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PEER sues White House for withholding documents from Monsanto-linked lobbyist regarding protection of GE crops in wildlife refuges

Natural News
Friday, March 02, 2012
By: Ethan A. Huff

[NaturalNews] The non-profit advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) has filed a lawsuit against the Obama White House for refusing to comply with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that would potentially unearth the administration’s direct ties to Monsanto and the biotechnology industry. The so-called administration of transparency is refusing to disclose portions of an email between a top White House policy analyst and a biotechnology lobbying group that appear to expose the administration’s role in promoting genetically-modified (GM) crops in national wildlife refuges.

The Biotechnology Industry Association (BIO), a lobbying group which represents Monsanto and other key purveyors of GM crops, has for years been in close contact with the Obama White House over the issue of GM crop plantings in national wildlife refuges. Both BIO and the White House appear to be working in tandem on strategies to ensure that GM crops remain in wildlife refuges, an agricultural disaster that PEER has been trying for quite some time to bring to an end.

PEER has been largely successful in restricting GM plantings in wildlife refuges through repeated lawsuits, including one early last year that put an end to GM plantings in 12 wildlife refuges across the Northeast (http://www.naturalnews.com/031030_GMOs_lawsuit.html). But based on information that has been extracted via FOIA requests, the White House appears to be directly undercutting these measures by assisting BIO in protecting GM crops in other wildlife refuges from legal challenges.

And of particular concern is a January email between Peter Schmeissner, senior science policy analyst and member of the White House’s biotechnology working group, and BIO, in which specific details about the biotechnology industry’s lobbying strategies are laid out. The White House has deliberately censored certain sections of the email that is says contain biotechnology industry secrets, a fact that represents undeniable evidence that the Obama White House and the biotechnology industry are a close partnership.

“We suspect the reason an industry lobbyist so cavalierly shared strategy is that the White House is part of that strategy,” said PEER staff counsel Kathryn Douglas about the situation. “The White House’s legal posture is as credible as claiming Coca Cola’s secret formula was ‘inadvertently’ left in a duffel bag at the bus station.”

None of this is surprising since the Obama White House is filled with pro-GM players like Michael Taylor, a former Monsanto lobbyist who was appointed by Obama to be deputy commissioner for food at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). And U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) chief Tom Vilsack, another Obama appointee, was also responsible for pushing through the approval of GM alfalfa early last year (http://www.naturalnews.com/031196_GE_alfalfa_GMOs.html).

Source: NaturalNews.com

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