Clean Air, Soil and Water

Clean crops – promoting organic farming

Organic farming sits at the top of the healthy food and agricultural best practices pyramids. Gaia is a member of the Malta Organic Agricultural Movement and seeks to:

i. increase public awareness of the benefits of organic food production and consumption

ii. assist farmers in converting to organic farming

iii. promote organic olive production

iv. produce its own organic olive oil.

 – highlighting problems of toxicity in Roundup and other herbicides and pesticides.

Gaia seeks to bring to the public domain the health concerns linked to the use of these agro chemicals, especially Monsanto’s Roundup, which is fast becoming one of the main pollutants that are having a negative impact on public health.

  ii. clean skies – promoting transparency, disclosure and regulation in climate engineering and weather modification

Following years of denial of anthropogenic (human caused) climate change, many of the same persons and companies within the establishment are now trying to promote climate engineering in a desperate effort to counter climate change while maintaining the status quo of excessive use of carbon fuels.

Climate engineering includes trying to reduce sunlight reaching the earth by increasing cloud cover through anthropogenic cloud formation in the upper stratosphere, that is, a process of global dimming to counter global warming. This process is innocuously being called “solar radiation management”. This is sheer madness, and science shows that if increased cloud formation takes place lower down, in the troposphere, where planes can fly, this would actually increase global warming, similar to the Venus effect, taking place on a planet that receives far less sunlight than Earth does, while reaching temperatures over 700 degree. Therefore attempts at solar radiation management may actually make the position even worse and led to runaway climate change. This is therefore considered to be amongst the most serious environmental problems that the earth is facing today.

GMO´s

Genetically modified organisms refer to crops that are genetically engineered, sometimes in a very unnatural way, by mixing non crop genes with those of crops. This is sometimes done simply to increase the company’s sales of pesticides through the development of crops that are resistent to a specific persticide. The development of GMO’s is:

 

  1. Increasing pesticide pollution exponentially.
  2. Making farmers dependent on such crops because of the pest infestation that is becomming increasingly resistent to pesticides,
  3. Including crops that are unnaturally non seed producing, forcing farmers to keep buying seeds every year at greater expense, and giving the GM producers a dangerous monopoly on the world’s food supply.
  4. Producing food which has not been sufficiently proven to be safe, with no nutritional or other side effects. Indeed there are growing indications that GMO’s may be harmful to one’s health.

 

 

Gaia forms part of network that is campaigning to keep Europe GMO free, and to have the Maltese Islands declared a GMO free zone.

 

 

GMO´s

Genetically modified organisms refer to crops that are genetically engineered, sometimes in a very unnatural way, by mixing non crop genes with those of crops. This is sometimes done simply to increase the company’s sales of pesticides through the development of crops that are resistent to a specific persticide. The development of GMO’s is:

 

  1. Increasing pesticide pollution exponentially.
  2. Making farmers dependent on such crops because of the pest infestation that is becomming increasingly resistent to pesticides,
  3. Including crops that are unnaturally non seed producing, forcing farmers to keep buying seeds every year at greater expense, and giving the GM producers a dangerous monopoly on the world’s food supply.
  4. Producing food which has not been sufficiently proven to be safe, with no nutritional or other side effects. Indeed there are growing indications that GMO’s may be harmful to one’s health.

 

 

Gaia forms part of network that is campaigning to keep Europe GMO free, and to have the Maltese Islands declared a GMO free zone.

 

 

Stop Spring Hunting

Gaia forms part of a coalition of 14 organisations that have come together to have the Spring Hunting issue decided by the People at Referendum. Over 41,000 valid signatures were collected in the petition for a referendum.

Spring Hunting has been a hot issue in the Maltese Islands, since the Birds’ Directive does not allow hunting in spring simply as a sport, but only to cull birds that may be seen as pests in agriculture. The directive states that all birds are deemed protected in spring because of their vulnerability during the reproductive season.

Gaia’s Rodolfo Ragonesi is the spokesperson for the coalition for legal affairs. The Coalition seeks to inform the public of all the issues relating to hunting in spring in the build up to the referendum, which is expected to take place in early 2015. If a majority of people vote to abolish hunting in spring, spring hunting seasons would automatically become illegal.

Stop Spring Hunting

Gaia forms part of a coalition of 14 organisations that have come together to have the Spring Hunting issue decided by the People at Referendum. Over 41,000 valid signatures were collected in the petition for a referendum.

Spring Hunting has been a hot issue in the Maltese Islands, since the Birds’ Directive does not allow hunting in spring simply as a sport, but only to cull birds that may be seen as pests in agriculture. The directive states that all birds are deemed protected in spring because of their vulnerability during the reproductive season.

Gaia’s Rodolfo Ragonesi is the spokesperson for the coalition for legal affairs. The Coalition seeks to inform the public of all the issues relating to hunting in spring in the build up to the referendum, which is expected to take place in early 2015. If a majority of people vote to abolish hunting in spring, spring hunting seasons would automatically become illegal.

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MEP’s fail to endorse geo engineering petition

MEP’S FAIL TO ENDORSE GEO ENGINEERING PETITION THAT WAS ACCEPTED BY THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT IN APRIL.

Most regrettably despite the public call by The Gaia Foundation to all MEP’s to endorse the petition to the European Parliament (EP) to investigate and regulate geo engineering, which has been ignored at international and European governance level, a petition that was itself accepted by the EP, MEP’s in Malta have failed to endorse it, and have totally ignored what is seen as a matter of growing importance at European level. Gaia’s call was covered over a month ago in the local media. Here is the link to the coverage in the Times of Malta of the 17th April.

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20140417/ep-elections/gaia-calls-on-mep-candidates-to-endorse-geo-engineering-petition.515389

MEP’s fail to endorse geo engineering petition

MEP’S FAIL TO ENDORSE GEO ENGINEERING PETITION THAT WAS ACCEPTED BY THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT IN APRIL.

Most regrettably despite the public call by The Gaia Foundation to all MEP’s to endorse the petition to the European Parliament (EP) to investigate and regulate geo engineering, which has been ignored at international and European governance level, a petition that was itself accepted by the EP, MEP’s in Malta have failed to endorse it, and have totally ignored what is seen as a matter of growing importance at European level. Gaia’s call was covered over a month ago in the local media. Here is the link to the coverage in the Times of Malta of the 17th April.

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20140417/ep-elections/gaia-calls-on-mep-candidates-to-endorse-geo-engineering-petition.515389

oliveoil

Good olive oil can seriously reduce bad cholesterol

WARNING! GOOD OLIVE OIL CAN SERIOUSLY REDUCE BAD CHOLESTEROL (LDL’s) :)

That’s right, like other unsaturated fats, olive oil reduces the LDL’s which carry cholesterol to the tissues and blocks arteries. But unfortunately many of them also remove HDL’s which are called the good cholesterol because they carry cholesterol to the liver for eventual removal. Not so olive oil, which reduces only the so called bad cholesterol without depleting HDL which helps to combat heart disease. 

Nutritionists recommend around 25g to 30g of good quality olive oil per day. And remember, the oil produced in industrial quantities lacks most of the best qualities of olive oil. A good bottle of wine lasts one meal, while a good bottle of oil lasts much longer.

Good olive oil can seriously reduce bad cholesterol

WARNING! GOOD OLIVE OIL CAN SERIOUSLY REDUCE BAD CHOLESTEROL (LDL’s) :)

That’s right, like other unsaturated fats, olive oil reduces the LDL’s which carry cholesterol to the tissues and blocks arteries. But unfortunately many of them also remove HDL’s which are called the good cholesterol because they carry cholesterol to the liver for eventual removal. Not so olive oil, which reduces only the so called bad cholesterol without depleting HDL which helps to combat heart disease. 

Nutritionists recommend around 25g to 30g of good quality olive oil per day. And remember, the oil produced in industrial quantities lacks most of the best qualities of olive oil. A good bottle of wine lasts one meal, while a good bottle of oil lasts much longer.

Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) WATCH – PART 2

The recent GSK 480 million dollar bribery scandal in China is apparently just the last in a string of mega scandals. This was reported last summer:

“The US Justice Department said GSK was fined over misbranding its drugs Paxil and Wellbutrin, and for holding back data while making unbacked claims for its diabetes drug Avandia.”

“GSK pleaded guilty and agreed to the fines in what the department called the largest health care fraud settlement in US history.
GSK, one of the world’s largest health care and pharmaceuticals companies, admitted to charges that it had promoted antidepressants Paxil and Wellbutrin for uses not approved for by US regulators, including treatment of children and adolescents.”

As a result the US Authorities fined GSK no less than 
3 BILLION DOLLARS. We’ll say that again… 3 BILLION US DOLLARS

http://www.thejournal.ie/glaxosmithkline-fined-3-billion-in-us-507766-Jul2012/