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  • China meat scandal spreads to Japan in Chicken McNuggets

    07/22/2014 11:21:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Shanghai (AFP) - A scandal involving expired meat sold by a China unit of US food supplier OSI Group spread to Japan Tuesday, as McDonald's confirmed that the now shut factory provided Chicken McNuggets to its restaurants. Shanghai authorities on Sunday shut an OSI plant -- a supplier to McDonald's and KFC in China -- for mixing out-of-date meat with fresh product, re-labelling expired goods and other quality problems following an investigative report by a local television station. A Tokyo-based spokesman for McDonald's Japan told AFP the restaurant chain had sourced about 20 percent of its McNuggets from the Shanghai...
  • Cliven Bundy and the dangers of fueling extremism (NV desert Democrat's diabolical diatribe)

    07/19/2014 9:37:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 18, 2014 | Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nevada)
    It has been more than three months since my constituents in Bunkerville, Nev., had their lives turned upside down by the standoff at the Bundy ranch. Although Bunkerville (population 1,300) is no longer in the media spotlight, life there has not returned to normal. The militia presence may have dwindled, but a sense of chaos and uncertainty lingers in my state and the broader American West. When news of a rebellious rancher facing off with federal agents broke in April, conservative media and politicians pounced, quickly lionizing Cliven Bundy as a patriot. They handed Bundy a megaphone, and self-proclaimed militia...
  • Golden Rice: GMO "Super Gruel" for the Masses

    07/19/2014 6:58:29 AM PDT · by Renfield · 101 replies
    Land Destroyer ^ | 7-16-2014
    July 16, 2014 (LocalOrg) - Corporate biotechnology monopolies like Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, and others have met increasing resistance to their attempts to patent and control global agriculture. They have spent untold fortunes attempting to sway the public but to no avail. Local, organic agriculture is growing in popularity and proliferating across all social-strata. The introduction of technology to automate and augment organic farming is making it as competitive and accessible or more so than the capital-intensive models of monopoly employed by big-ag. In response, big-ag has attempted several distasteful public relation stunts, including "super bananas for Africa" and "Golden Rice" to allegedly...
  • Strictly Business: Legal pot industry sure to be robust

    07/14/2014 1:57:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Columbian ^ | July 13, 2014 | Gordon Oliver, business editor
    It's rare when any business in Clark County attracts national or even regional interest, so the media throng that greeted last Wednesday's opening of Main Street Marijuana was quite a curiosity. The clever "weed and weenies" event that accompanied the store's opening, along with the presence of Mayor Tim Leavitt at the ribbon-cutting, captured the attention of media outlets that devour eye-catching visuals. But business likely would still have been brisk at Main Street Marijuana even if it hadn't snagged the free publicity. With a state-imposed limit of just 15 retail outlets for all of Clark County, and with some...
  • Colorado Is Consuming Way More Pot Than Anyone Ever Believed

    07/12/2014 2:55:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | July 10, 2014 | Maya Rhodan
    And most is consumed by a minority of daily users. About 9% of Colorado’s population consumes marijuana, according to a market demand study conducted by the state department of revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division and the state’s Marijuana Policy Group. And those users, it’s estimated, will get through about 121.4 metric tons of pot every year. According to the report, that consumption — calculated through survey results, demographic data and source data — is “31 percent higher than a recent department of revenue assessment, 89 percent higher than a study by the Colorado Futures Center, and 111 percent higher than an...
  • Plants Don’t Like Being Eaten [Really bad news for Vegans]

    07/08/2014 6:45:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | 7/8/2014 | Dave Blount
    There is bad news for moonbats who don’t eat meat because it is morally wrong to devour the flesh of murdered animals: plants don’t like getting eaten either.According to a study by Heidi Appel and Rex Cocroft at the University of Missouri, plants can identify the sound of caterpillars chewing and react to it defensively. In the study, caterpillars were placed on Arabidopsis, a small flowering plant related to cabbage and mustard. Using a laser and a tiny piece of reflective material on the leaf of the plant, Cocroft was able to measure the movement of the leaf in response...
  • Hot Zone: Is climate change destabilizing Iraq?

    06/27/2014 6:50:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Slate ^ | June 27, 2014 | Eric Holthaus, meteorologist
    ISIS emerged around the same time Iraq experienced its warmest March-April-May season on record. It may just be an interesting coincidence, but it could mean more.This winter was not a good one for farmers in the Fertile Crescent. A punishing drought hit most of Syria and northern Iraq during what’s normally the wettest time of the year. In the mountains of eastern Turkey, which form the headwaters of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, snow and rain were less than half of normal. The region has seen one of the worst droughts in decades. Drought is becoming a fixture in the...
  • What can you tell me about a conservation easement?

    06/02/2014 7:01:40 PM PDT · by lyby · 44 replies
    me | 06/02/2014 | lyby
    My mother and her sister inherited a substantial amount of land from my grandparents. My sister, her husband, my mother, my aunt, two of her sons, and I met with the attorneys last Friday. Despite my voiced disagreement, it was decided to pursue a "conservation easement" for the mountain land. My mother has been trying to divide the property with her sister for over 20 years, since my grandmother's death.
  • Fruit Printed, not Picked, by Scientists

    05/25/2014 7:42:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Guardian Liberty Voice of Las Vegas ^ | May 25, 2014 | Bryan Jones
    It may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but scientists have now printed, not picked, fresh fruit. Researchers working at a company in Cambridge, England, have used a new process to enable the 3D printing of a variety of fresh products. They recently unveiled the process and results at the TechFoodHack conference held in Cambridge, an experimental dining event that also included the unveiling of a new flavour of gelato. 3D printing was first demonstrated back in 1984, but use of the technique was not widespread until 2010 when the cost of the Additive Manufacturing machines dropped significantly in...
  • Growing Money in the Backyard

    05/10/2014 6:09:10 PM PDT · by RightSideNews · 40 replies
    Virginia Free Citizen ^ | May 10, 2014 | Jeff Bayard
    This is my story on how you can cut down your grocery bill while improving your diet. It’s called intensive organic vegetable gardening and it’s like growing money in the backyard.My wife and I completed our organic certification course last year at the University of Richmond’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies. We decided to take this course so we could eat healthier and reduce our grocery bill. This has been a fun project and we look forward to growing our own vegetables, or as I like to call it: growing money in the backyard!
  • Nevada Rancher Bundy Starts a Conversation We Need to Have

    04/26/2014 8:13:11 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 38 replies
    Guardian Liberty Voice ^ | April 26, 2014 | Paul Winters
    After largely ignoring the dispute between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the mainstream media has been in frenzy over allegedly racist remarks he made while addressing a group of supporters earlier this month. In their typical style, they have cherry-picked a few selected words from a larger statement, causing the left to pounce and the right to distance itself from him faster than it takes Mozilla to load a webpage, or scuttle a CEO. Lost in this bonfire of self-righteous indignation is the full context of what Cliven Bundy was trying to say and...
  • Millionaire Harry Reid VS rancher Cliven Bundy

    04/26/2014 8:47:32 AM PDT · by shoff · 21 replies
    Examiner ^ | 04/26/2014 | Steven Hoffman
    The saga of the Bundy ranch is playing out like a dime store western novel on our favorite news and entertainment shows. The main characters were introduced in the preceding chapters. There is Cliven Bundy who herds cattle for slaughter on his ranch in Nevada and his volunteers who rushed to his aid. Then there is Harry Reid who herds voters to be slaughtered by his policies assisted by his hired ranch hands the BLM.
  • Obama Suffers Setbacks in Japan and the Mideast

    04/24/2014 9:53:06 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | APRIL 24, 2014 | MARK LANDLER and JODI RUDOREN
    TOKYO — President Obama encountered setbacks to two of his most cherished foreign-policy projects on Thursday, as he failed to achieve a trade deal that undergirds his strategic pivot to Asia and the Middle East peace process suffered a potentially irreparable breakdown.
  • This Land is Your Land

    04/24/2014 5:57:04 AM PDT · by iontheball · 3 replies
    CFP ^ | Wednesday April 23, 2014 | Matt Shipley
    Most all major news outlets in America, if they even cover it, have couched the disturbance between the Bureau of Land Management and Cliven Bundy as one based on the Bundy Ranch refusing to pay for grazing rights on Federal property. Yet, a similar incident between the U.S. Forest Service and Kit Laney in New Mexico, in which the Forest Service claims part of the Laney Ranch is on Federal property, has the same basic principle at stake and it has nothing to do with grazing rights or boundary disputes. Those issues are moot points if we answer a more...
  • Cliven Bundy to Harry Reid: Why are you calling for a civil war?

    04/22/2014 3:11:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Examiner ^ | April 22, 2013 | Joe Newby
    While appearing on Monday's edition of Fox News' "Hannity," Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher at the heart of a dispute with the Bureau of Land Management, asked why Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is calling for a civil war, Newsmax reported. Bundy appeared on the program to respond to overheated rhetoric from the left which has now prompted some to call for drone strikes against the ranch. "Why, Harry, are you calling for a civil war?" Bundy asked. "That's not what we the people want. We just want to disarm the army, and get out of our state, and...
  • Liberals on Twitter demand feds kill Bundy family, supporters with drones

    04/22/2014 11:47:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Examiner ^ | April 22, 2013 | Joe Newby
    No doubt inspired in part by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who called supporters of the Bundy ranch "domestic terrorists," a number of liberals on Twitter expressed their desire to see the ranch and its supporters killed by drone strikes, Paul Joseph Watson reported at Infowars Monday. Such a raid would, of course, kill innocent children as well as men and women, but it seems that didn't matter to those demanding the deadly raid. "If ever there was a time for a drone strike, I'd say Bundy's self-appointed militia should've been turned into paste on the prairie," one person...
  • MUST SEE VIDEO: BLM Whistleblower — Reid Bunkerville LLC. Owns Land Around the Bundy Ranch

    04/20/2014 1:49:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Prepper Chimp blog ^ | April 20, 2014 | Glenn Rhee
    BUNDY RANCH | You saw his proof. (below) Now meet BLM Whistleblower Rusty Hill who uncovered the corporations and shady land deals connected to Reid Bunkerville LLC, Zion Bank Corp, and BLM lands surrounding the Bundy properties.(TWO-VIDEOS-AT-LINK)Since the Bundy Ranch story broke last week and culminated in a tense standoff with Federal agents on Saturday resulting in the release of the Bundy Ranch cattle we have been following the money. On the 10th we reported the Militia arrived in the area and cited a former BLM volunteer and Nevada Land Broker who revealed to us the true value of the...
  • Is Cattlemen Armed Insurrection the New Form of American Protest? (Amazing!)

    04/17/2014 10:07:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The cattle-ranch protest in Nevada was an armed insurrection by the Tea Party. One thousand Tea Party, so-called “patriots,” came to Bunkerville, NV, brandished weapons and the government backed down. Other mass protests in America have either ended in arrests or violent clashes between authorities and protesters. There is an obvious double standard here because the government relented and turned away. Why did the government do this? The main difference between many other mass protests and the cattle-ranch protest is that the cattle-ranch protesters were armed with handguns and assault rifles. Is American in such a state where the new...
  • Táin Bó Cúalnge -- The Irish Cattle raids.

    04/16/2014 6:22:40 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 6 replies
    http://adminstaff.vassar.edu/sttaylor/Cooley/ ^ | 1st century AD. | sstaylor (translation, Vassar College)
    Everything you want to know about Cattle raiding, water rights, grazing rights, oppressive governments and misguided people. Provides a nice break from the current Bundy news cycle monopoly. Táin Bó is the base of several Irish stories involving cattle and politics, of which Táin Bó Cúalnge is but one, 'The Cattle Raid of Cooley'.
  • Was Stopping Nevada’s Fracking Rush Behind the Bundy Showdown?

    04/14/2014 8:36:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Somewhat Reasonable blog ^ | April 14, 2014 | Marita Noon
    The story of rancher Cliven Bundy has captured an abundance of media attention and attracted supporters from across the West, who relate to the struggle against the federal management of lands. Bundy’s sister, Susan, was asked: “Who’s behind the uproar?” She blamed the Sierra Club, then Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), and then President Obama. She concluded her comments with: “It’s all about control”—a sentiment that is frequently expressed regarding actions taken in response to some endangered-species claim. An Associated Press report describes Bundy’s battle this way: “The current showdown pits rancher Cliven Bundy’s claims of ancestral rights to graze his...
  • Chinese Solar Deal with Harry Reid is Kaput-No Where Near Bundy

    04/14/2014 4:00:46 PM PDT · by jenk · 41 replies
    jenkuznicki.com ^ | 4/14/14 | Jen Kuznicki
    Don't get me wrong, Harry Reid is behind everything in Nevada, but I haven't seen evidence that the solar deal with ENN is even still being considered.  After The Blaze reported that ENN dumped the project, I still see links to this Reid/Chinese deal that isn't happening. "A Chinese-backed company is pulling the plug on a multibillion-dollar solar project near Laughlin after it was unable to find customers for the power that would have been generated there, a Clark County spokesman said Friday.In a letter dated Friday, an executive from ENN Mojave Energy LLC informed the county that the company...
  • it is a bad sign

    04/11/2014 10:31:37 PM PDT · by bigheadfred · 104 replies
    me ^ | now | me
    This cat of me has owned yus for many years. She screams to be free, but when you let her out, she screams to come back inside. Now I like this cat. But the only two other things she will eat (besides dry catfood) are refried beans and popcorn....
  • "Preppers Festival" New Castle, VA on April 19th, 2014

    04/03/2014 4:01:02 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    Craig County Business Association ^ | April 04, 2014 | Unattributed
    About the 2014 Preppers Festival The Prepper's Festival will be held on Downtown Main Street in New Castle, VA on April 19th, 2014. This event will include a wide array of preparedness, homesteading and survivalist-related vendors, local artisans, skill-building workshops and even a Top Chef style Prepper's Cook-Off! Additionally, live music will be provided throughout the day and a large raffle will be held. This event is sure to be fun and very informative for all who attend!
  • 31 Percent Of All Food In America Is Wasted – And Why That Is About To End

    03/09/2014 6:28:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies
    TEC ^ | 02/26/2014 | Michael Snyder
    According to a stunning new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly a third of all food produced in the United States gets wasted. We are probably the most wasteful society in the history of the planet, and we are also one of the most gluttonous. More than 35 percent of all Americans are considered to be officially "obese" by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unfortunately, this era of gluttony and taking food for granted will soon be coming to an end. Thanks to crippling drought in key growing areas and other extremely bizarre weather patterns, a...
  • 31 Percent Of All Food In America Is Wasted – And Why That Is About To End

    03/04/2014 7:04:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    TEC ^ | 03/01/2014 | Michael Snyder
    According to a stunning new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly a third of all food produced in the United States gets wasted. We are probably the most wasteful society in the history of the planet, and we are also one of the most gluttonous. More than 35 percent of all Americans are considered to be officially "obese" by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unfortunately, this era of gluttony and taking food for granted will soon be coming to an end. Thanks to crippling drought in key growing areas and other extremely bizarre weather patterns, a...
  • National Pig Day – 2014

    03/01/2014 7:39:05 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 39 replies
    PORKOPOLIS ^ | March 1, 2014 | PORKOPOLIS
    March 1, 2014 National Pig Day – 2014 PORKOPOLIS On an internet known for plenty of spam and pale ink, Porkopolis.org remains a noble mainstay and faithful guardian of the appreciation of this Republic’s, and indeed the world’s, pandemonius plethora of pigs. Porkopolis.org stands as part of a brother and sisterhood of swineherds and scholars; pig pundits and porktologists; bourgeois pigs, breeders and bacon laureates; pigmatists and pigamists who all refute the sentiment “of any pork in a storm.” Instead, we hail the great intelligence, amenable disposition, self-reliance and down right savoriness of the pig. Swinedom is to be admired...
  • First Colorado County Reports Pot Taxes

    02/26/2014 3:02:49 PM PST · by Usagi_yo · 9 replies
    CBS - Denver ^ | 2/26/2014 | News Desk
    DENVER (AP) – A southern Colorado county with two recreational marijuana stores has become the first in the state to announce tax totals from the new industry. Pueblo County finance authorities announced Monday that its two shops had about $1 million in total sales in January, producing about $56,000 in local sales taxes. ... snip ...
  • Ag Still Not Michigan's 2nd Largest Industry

    02/26/2014 7:34:41 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/22/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    President Obama came to Michigan recently to sign the $1 trillion farm bill and in a press release touting the bill, Sen. Debbie Stabenow called agriculture the state's "second-largest industry after manufacturing." That is false. A quick look at the data shows there is no possible way to justify calling agriculture Michigan's second-largest industry. Yet the claim has been repeated for years. This is especially distressing because Sen. Stabenow, D-Lansing, is the chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and should know the size and scale of the industry. The myth also is repeated by the Michigan Farm Bureau and the...
  • Make Your Own Homemade Baby Food

    02/20/2014 6:42:40 PM PST · by JoeSeales · 33 replies
    Baby-Recipes.com ^ | 2-20-14 | Baby-Recipes.com
    Hey guys. The wife and I just created a new website for those of you who are new parents. Making baby recipes for your little one protects them from harmful additives such as nitrates, artificial coloring, and preservatives including BHA, BHT, and TBHQ. In addition to protecting your baby from the unnatural additives, you save a great deal of money making your own homemade baby food. For example, buying store bought organic food costs on average $1.40 for a 4 ounce jar. Making the same amount at home costs about $.30. Store bought non-organic food costs about $1.05 per 4...
  • Baby Food Recipes- New Website

    02/20/2014 6:39:01 PM PST · by JoeSeales · 3 replies
    Baby-Recipes.com ^ | 2-20-14 | Baby-Recipes.com
    Hey guys. The wife and I just created a new website for those of you who are new parents. Making baby recipes for your little one protects them from harmful additives such as nitrates, artificial coloring, and preservatives including BHA, BHT, and TBHQ. In addition to protecting your baby from the unnatural additives, you save a great deal of money making your own homemade baby food. For example, buying store bought organic food costs on average $1.40 for a 4 ounce jar. Making the same amount at home costs about $.30. Store bought non-organic food costs about $1.05 per 4...
  • Bee Deaths Reversal: As Evidence Points Away From Neonics As Driver, Pressure Builds To Rethink Ban

    02/07/2014 5:21:27 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2-5-2014 | Jon Entine
    If the Environmental Protection Agency moves to restrict neonicotinoid pesticides, often called neonics, because of fears that they are causing bee deaths, it will happen in spite of the mounting empirical evidence rather than because of it. Last December, in response to fevered political pressure, the European Commission banned the use of neonics for two years. The moratorium, guided by the precautionary politics that now dominate science-based regulation in Europe, took effect just as a number of new studies shed increasing doubt on the belief that neonics play a key role in bee health. (snip) The “crisis” prompting this handwringing...
  • A Future of Lab-Produced Meat?

    02/01/2014 11:43:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    LA Weekly's Squid Ink Blog ^ | January 22, 2014 | Ben Wurgaft
    When, if ever, will we eat lab-grown meat? It's still early enough in 2014 for predictions of the year to come, and late 2013 saw the unveiling of the world's first hamburger made of laboratory-cultured animal protein, leading to a frenzy of journalistic coverage and even one short article that collected past predictions for when "cultured meat" might reach supermarket shelves. ("Cultured meat" is the term of preference among the substance's promoters, over "schmeat," "lab meat," and of course "frankenmeat.") Those skeptical about the viability of meat grown in laboratories can look back with satisfaction at a long history of...
  • Sustainability Hits the Fan: 15 DIY Projects from Preppers

    01/18/2014 6:36:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    SustainABlog ^ | December 30, 2013 | Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    I’ll be honest: for years, I never considered the survivalist/prepper crowds as target audiences. I mean, we’re on totally different ideological wavelengths, right? I’m not into shooting things, and they likely think I’m a touchy-feely hippie who wouldn’t survive a week after SHTF. What could we possibly have in common? Quite a bit, it turns out – apparently, ideology ain’t everything. As we’ve started doing more DIY/upcycling/self-sufficiency content, we’ve seen a steady rise in readership from sites like The Homestead Survival and Knowledge Weighs Nothing. And, as you might expect, I’ve spent more time checking out these sites and those...
  • Crisis Prayer Request-Homeless in 10 Days!

    12/17/2013 8:04:19 AM PST · by Siouxz · 62 replies
    12/17/2013 | Me
    My family is in urgent need of prayers. Our landlord unexpectly sold the farm we had been renting with an eye toward rent-to-own. New owner will not even speak to us. Wants us out of his new weekend retreat before January 3. No compromise. He is completely within his legal rights to do this, btw. I am talking about 7 people, including 2 preschoolers, becoming homeless on a Kentucky Appalachian mountaintop in January. We have a cow ready to calve any day now, 3 horses, and farming hand tools we have been gathering for several years. If we and our...
  • Chicken In Popular Products May Soon Be Made In China

    11/12/2013 5:54:07 PM PST · by TexGrill · 55 replies
    WBZ TV ^ | 11/11/2013 | Michelle Roberts
    BOSTON (CBS) — As soon as next summer, nuggets and other popular chicken products could be made with chicken processed in China, all because of a recent change in regulations. “Oh, it makes me a little nervous,” says mother of two, Katrina Lee. China has a long history of serving up unsafe food, including the industrial chemical melamine that was deliberately put in pet food and infant formula. There were also cases of tainted rat meat passed off as lamb. “To me it’s a big leap of faith for us to now have to accept that foods coming from china...
  • Obama Steals Food From The Poor To Pay For Michele’s ‘Let’s Move’ Program

    11/12/2013 8:38:09 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 7 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | Nov 12, 2013 | Dave Jolly
    Obama Steals Food From The Poor To Pay For Michele’s ‘Let’s Move’ Program Posted 6 hours ago by Dave Jolly Filed under Entitlements, Ethics, Government Spending, Liberalism, Politics Millions of food stamp recipients are finding their government supplement smaller this month. The federal government made sizeable cuts to the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) otherwise known as food stamps. This cut will affect 47.6 million Americans or about 1 out of every 6 people. Under the new guidelines, a family of 4 will see their food stamps drop from $668 a month to $632 a month. While $36 dollars doesn’t...
  • How much farmland has India lost?

    11/11/2013 11:50:52 PM PST · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    Economic Times ^ | 11/12/2013 | Economic Times
    Due to the buying spree in rural land, how much farmland has India lost? According to the ministry of agriculture, almost none. It says India lost 16,000 sq km, or 0.8% of her gross cropped area, in the 10-year period to 2010-11. The National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), in fact, says land under cultivation stayed constant in the last 10 years. Another number comes from the Census Department, which says area under urban use jumped by 24,000 sq km during the same period. Much of this would have been at the expense of rural land. "As cities grow, agricultural area...
  • New firm for large-scale rice farming to help nation (Japan)

    11/11/2013 10:04:55 PM PST · by TexGrill · 9 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 11/11/2013 | Jiji
    AKITA – A new company aiming to mediate between rice producers, mass merchants and consumers was established Monday, led by agricultural corporations in Akita Prefecture and the city of Sendai. The move is part of efforts to prepare for rapid changes in the competitive environment for agriculture, including Japan’s participation in Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks and the planned abolition of rice production adjustments in five years. The new firm is based in the village of Ogata, Akita Prefecture. It was chiefly founded by Ogatamura Akitakomachi Seisansha Kyokai, an Ogata firm selling rice online to individual customers nationwide, and Butai...
  • Nation to get guidelines against dishonest menus (Japan)

    11/11/2013 10:00:36 PM PST · by TexGrill · 18 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 11/11/2013 | Jiji
    The government plans to draw up guidelines to tackle dishonest menus and food labels that have been used by many hotels, restaurants and department stores across Japan. At a meeting Monday of officials from relevant agencies, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga asked for effective measures to ensure suitable representations of dishes and food products at such locations. The government will work out guidelines under the law against unjustified premiums and misleading representations, Suga said, urging the agencies to make sure inappropriate representations are corrected as soon as they are discovered. The dishonest labeling issue “could fundamentally undermine consumer trust in...
  • IMF calls on Thailand to ditch rice support scheme

    11/11/2013 6:47:59 PM PST · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/11/2013 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund called on Thailand to scrap its pricy scheme to support rice farmers and scale back some other fiscal stimulus measures in order to balance the budget and contain rising public debt. In its annual review of Thailand's economy, the IMF also said the government should do a better job of supervising public banks and non-bank financial institutions, which pose growing financial risks. As Thailand continues to face risks from volatile capital flows and an uncertain global environment, the government should ensure it has enough money to respond to shocks, the IMF said, according to...
  • History of Daylight Saving Time – Ending

    10/28/2013 3:43:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 74 replies
    BillPetro ^ | October 28, 2013 | BILL PETRO
    Daylight Saving Time, or DST, is a brilliant campaign to convince us that we’re getting more daylight each day, when in reality we’ve simply changed our clocks and then forgotten about it within two weeks. DST begins each year at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March in most of the United States and its territories, however there are some places that have not bought into this campaign: it is not observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the city of South Bend, Indiana nor the state of Arizona except for the Navajo Indian Reservation,...
  • Mitch McConnell for President 2016 [and ZOT for 2013]

    10/24/2013 12:11:05 PM PDT · by WotansHammer · 4,288 replies
    http://zombo.com/ ^ | click here
    Mitch McConnell for Pres. 2016 and General of Counter-Terrorism for VP. I thought you would be interested in this story I found on news.msn.com: US ambassador summoned by Germany over NSA spying ( http://news.msn.com/world/us-ambassador-summoned-by-germany-over-nsa-spying#tscptme, ) Wait a second? Didn’t Snowden first go to China? Where China and their reverse-technology, was granted the rights to reproduce the Grundig SW radio? I hear people in American jails, know how to increase the band-with of small transistor radio’s. What could China do with a Grundig or cell phone, like the Samsung knock-off. Now didn’t Germany discredit our secrets, as found in the German...
  • The dramatic transformation of rural Malaysia

    10/20/2013 7:25:15 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    Malaysian Insider ^ | 10/21/2013 | Rolando T. Dy
    Inclusive growth is what the Philippines needs. Most of the poor who are left behind in economic growth are in the countryside. They are the coconut farmers, small fishers, upland dwellers and landless farm workers. This article discusses the Malaysian experience in rural poverty reduction from the 1960s to the 1990s. Specifically, it focuses on two development models: the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda); and the Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (Felcra). Philippine experts confuse Felda and Felcra, and the two with the nucleus estate model of Indonesia. Let’s clarify the main difference: Felda develops government forest lands for...
  • Indonesia's beef industry should learn from palm oil industry

    10/15/2013 10:40:06 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 6 replies
    Jakarta Post ^ | 10/16/2013 | John McBeth
    Former Australian cattle station manager Michael Sheehy has some singular advice for the Indonesian government if it wants to achieve self-sufficiency in beef: Follow the model of the booming palm oil industry and put cattle raising in corporate hands. As with most of Indonesia's agriculture, the livestock industry is largely confined to low- technology operations - backyard feedlots that mean a higher cost of production and higher prices for consumers as a result. The Indonesian government has used tariffs and quotas to protect local farmers from international competition. This is a short-term measure which, judging by the current beef price...
  • Thinking about moving SOuth - anyone who can provide suggestions?

    10/15/2013 9:47:23 PM PDT · by freedom462 · 175 replies
    So I am thinking of simply leaving the job I work at now and heading to a Southern state, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Northern Florida, Tennessee, etc since I figure that, since I am one of those who does not have a reliable source of family aid of any kind, that this could be my only option. I am considering finding a church that has a sort of communal living situation, a farm, ranch, factory or other such source that could use additional workers and join one of them. I am thinking of it in light of a situation...
  • Russian food czar rejects imports for ‘patriotic’ fare

    10/13/2013 11:37:08 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 9 replies
    Japan News ^ | 10/14/2013 | Katelyn Fossett
    Katelyn Fossett / Foreign PolicyYou may not have heard of Gennady Onishchenko, but if his own accounts are to be believed, he’s the Russian government official who single-handedly averts major public health crises posed by foreign countries’ dangerously lax and unsophisticated food safety standards (including those in a certain country where the federal government has ground to a halt). To others, Onishchenko, Russia’s chief sanitary inspector, is also Russia’s chief manufacturer of elaborate food safety scares to wage geopolitically motivated trade wars with other countries, particularly former Soviet republics. On Wednesday, Onishchenko, the director of Rospotrebnadzor, Russia’s consumer-protection agency, announced...
  • Sake, wine tariffs eyed for removal (Japan)

    10/13/2013 11:26:55 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    Japan News ^ | 10/14/2013 | Yomiuri Shimbun
    The Yomiuri ShimbunThe government and ruling parties have started to consider scrapping tariffs on imported wine, an idea that would, in turn, call on other negotiators in the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks to eliminate tariffs on sake, government sources said. The move suggests that the government and ruling parties believe the mutual removal of tariffs would greatly benefit domestic consumers while also increasing sake exports from Japan, according to the sources. The idea to eliminate tariffs on wine was a Japanese response to a request made by Australia and New Zealand, the sources said. The government and the...
  • Security Tight in Moscow after Mass Demonstrations (Russia)

    10/13/2013 10:07:09 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    China Radio International ^ | 10/14/2013 | Guo Jing
    Authorities in Moscow are on high alert in the city's downtown core, following mass demonstrations there on Sunday. Over 200 people have been arrested after rioting broke out south of the Kremlin complex. Earlier in the day on Sunday, angry demonstrators stormed a vegetable market in the area, searching for the person they believe is responsible for a murder. When police showed up to try to restore order, demonstrators eventually turned on police. Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev is vowing to restore order. "Literally tomorrow, activate the work in relation to all of the vegetable warehouses, which are a constant...
  • Singapore diplomat bitten by graft charges over pineapple tarts

    10/10/2013 7:43:47 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    Reuters ^ | 10/10/2013 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - First it was sex, then casinos. Now, a Singapore diplomat has been charged with inflating the number of pineapple tarts and bottles of wine carried on official visits in the latest corruption case to hit the squeaky clean city-state. Lim Cheng Hoe, former chief of protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, allegedly overbilled authorities by around S$89,000 ($71,100) by overstating the amount of gifts bought for official purposes between 2008 and 2012. Lim faces 60 charges and could be jailed for up to three years on each charge if found guilty. Singapore, a wealthy Asian finance and...
  • Thailand: Buying high-speed rail with rice

    10/10/2013 6:55:40 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/10/2013 | BBC
    The country's transport minister is expected to formally agree the barter deal with Chinese premier Li Keqiang on Friday, according to the Nation. The project to link Bangkok with Nong Khai, close to the Laos border, is part of a proposed 2m baht ($30bn, Ł19bn) infrastructure investment programme to part-financed with agricultural products. The railway is one day envisaged to link Thailand with the Southern Chinese province of Kunming, via the Laos capital Vientiane. However, fine details remain to be thrashed out between the countries. The Bangkok Post says even the transport minister isn't optimistic of the scheme's success. It...