May 7, 1999

Subject: FWD Genocide of the Navajo People + GIANT COMPANIES TO PHASE OUT BIOTECH FOODS + Global Furor Temporarily Tables Monsanto's Terminator + Are you Eating TOXIC FISH? + US greens want beefed-up UN + The Electromagnetic Bomb - a Weapon of Electrical Mass Destruction + Hague Peace Conference + Joined by Serbs in Belgrade, group meditates to stop bombing

Hello my friends from around the world

We have been getting warm weather and lots of sunshine here this week and it proved beneficial for preparatory gardening work.

In the midst of this delightful experience - I love "dirtying" my hands in the dark and rich soil of my gardens searching for deeply hidden grass roots while the birds chirp all around - I still try to keep track of incoming emails.

I want to share with you below some of the stuff I read tonight, as a way to keep in touch with you all and to share first an urgent appeal for help regarding the "Genocide of the Navajo People", the good news about the victory obtained by our British friends in pressuring genetically altered foodstuff out of the supermarkets - now let's hope the rest of the world will wake up and do likewise!! - another good news about the decision by the infamous Monsanto corporation to shelve their equally infamous Terminator technology because of the outcry against it -- their next best move would be to go out of business entirely and leave the world ecology and all of us alone and much safer.

You'll also find an assortment of miscellaneous other news of interest (don't eat canned tuna and large sea fishes which have proven to be laced with toxic mercury, PCBs and Dioxins!), some revealing and sobering statistics about the lethal effects of war (110 million people have died in wars this century and since 1945, civilians have accounted for 70% of all war casualties, with the figure rising to more than 90% in the 1990s), and so on.

I also read tonight the transcript of a conference by Adam Trombley, taken from his website (http://www.projectearth.com), in preparation for another email based on my correspondence with David Crockett Williams who pointed out to me recently that the oxygen level in our atmosphere is apparently declining due to all the stuff our primitive fire-driven civilization is burning (oil, coal, wood) and because of all the forests going up in smoke, with the consequence that the natural replenishing of the badly damaged ozone layer (beware of the sun!!) is hampered because of the diminishing pressure of oxygen in the highest part of the atmosphere, spelling the possible end of all Life on Earth in a very near future -- unless we urgently undertake a crash program to save the Earth. It is not too late but we are really tottering on the edge of a mighty chasm and we don't have much time left to begin healing our planetary body.

So, it's coming soon your way along with a number of other posts in the work.

Enjoy and remain focussed on the positive side of all the challenges we face, for there is always of positive side to everything and great lessons to be learned!

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000


Date: Thu, 06 May 1999
From: "Jackie Alan Giuliano, Ph.D." <jackie@deepteaching.com>
Subject: Genocide of the Navajo People - this week's Healing Our World

Hello all,

Environmentalists, politicians, scholars, new age speakers and
theologians will often speak of the power and wisdom of the native
peoples of North America. Their reverence for life, connection to the
Earth and appreciation of the web of life are foundational concepts in
many philosophies. Yet while many non-Native American people speak of
that wisdom from comfortable settings, the United States government
continues to implement its final solution for the last remaining
original inhabitants of this land.

Please read this week's Healing Our World article when you can and learn
about the ominous February 2000 deadline by which the U.S. government
plans to complete the forced relocation of the Navajo, known as Dineh in
their native tongue, that remain at a site in Arizona that they have
inhabited since the U.S. Army tried to wipe them all out in 1863. The
relocation site is a desolate piece of land downstream from the location
of the nation's worst nuclear waste disaster in 1979 and is unfit for
humans or animals. All this because we want to exploit the resources
beneath their land. Over 12,000 have already been moved and 3,000 mostly
elderly people remain. Read of the criminal humans rights abuses that
are being implemented by our government.

The article "Resource Extraction and Genocide in America" can be found
at http://www.jps.net/jackieg/articles/may03-1999g.html.

Please consider contacting your elected representatives about this issue
(information about how to do that appears in my Resources section). And
if you are able, financial contributions are desperately needed by the
Dineh as well.

Thanks for your time. I wish you peace.


Jackie Alan Giuliano, Ph.D.
Professor of Environmental Studies

Visit the LYCOS Environment News Service to read Jackie's weekly column
"Healing Our World" at http://ens.lycos.com/

Visit Jackie's website at http://www.healingourworld.com, a site devoted
to his "Healing Our World" articles, his teaching and activism




SourceEnvironment News Service (ENS)
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GIANT COMPANIES TO PHASE OUT BIOTECH FOODS

LONDON, UK, April 28, 1999 -

The world's two largest food production companies are withdrawing their acceptance of genetically modified foodstuffs.

Foods giant Unilever UK said Tuesday it would phase out genetically engineered foods, a move that was closely followed by a similar announcement by Nestle UK tonight.

Unilever, an Anglo-Dutch firm, sells over 1,000 brands of foods through 300 subsidiary companies in 88 countries world-wide with products on sale in a further 70 countries.

Nestle, headquartered in Switzerland, is the world's largest food production company with 495 factories around the world. The announcement by Nestle UK has major implications for the company's international production system, as most of its centralised production facilities produce for the entire European market and not for the UK alone.

The announcements are in response to continued demonstrations by European consumers of a strong resistance to foods containing genetically modified crops.

In February, an unprecedented wave of debate on genetic technologies in agriculture swept the country, putting the government and biotechnology firms firmly on the defensive.

Fears were founded on research that showed experimental rats had been harmed by eating modified potatoes.

Greenpeace spokesperson Benedikt Haerlin said the Nestle and Unilever announcements represent a major victory for European citizens.

"When Monsanto's first GE (genetically engineered) soya beans were shipped to Europe Nestle, Unilever and Monsanto told us there was no way to stop having GE ingredients in our food.

Three years later they have learned that there is no way to ignore the concerns and demands of the majority of consumers," said Haerlin. "With Nestle and Unilever, the two biggest food producers in the world, have now broken ranks with international agro-chemical companies like by Monsanto, Du Pont/Pioneer, Novartis and AgrEvo and started a stampede out of GE food," said Haerlin.

The UK's Iceland Stores is opposed to the introduction of genetically modified (GM) foods and has banned all GM ingredients from their own-brand products. Other supermarkets have followed Iceland's lead. Marks and Spencer's own-brand products will be GM free by the end of June 1999.

Charles, the Prince of Wales, has come out against genetically engineered crops, saying, "I am not convinced we know enough about the long-term consequences for human health and the environment of releasing plants (or, heaven forbid, animals) bred in this way." "I suspect that planting herbicide resistant crops will lead to more chemicals being used on our fields, not fewer. But this isn't the whole story," the Prince said. "Such sterile fields will offer little or no food or shelter to wildlife, and there is already evidence that the genes for herbicide resistance can spread to wild relatives of crop plants, leaving us with weeds resistant to weedkiller."

Meanwhile, Friends of the Earth UK has criticized U.S. biotech giant Monsanto for trying to use the law to deter public debate and protest over genetically modified food.

Monsanto has obtained an injunction against six named defendants. The company asked the High Court April 19 to order the defendants to hand over a mailing list of recipients of a "Handbook For Action." The Handbook, which outlines ways of protesting against genetically engineered foods, is believed to have been sent to public figures including Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prince Charles and the Pope. Monsanto's intention may be to target any individual or organisation who might be held to have "encouraged" direct action against genetically modified (GM) crops, by for example, publishing details of trial sites, Friends of the Earth believes.

In the United States such legal action is known as a SLAPP (Strategic Action Against Public Participation) lawsuit, a tactic sometimes used by large companies facing environmental protests.

Friends of the Earth would consider such an order a gross intrusion of civil liberties and "one which would bring our system of justice into disrepute," the group said in a statement.

Tony Juniper, policy and campaigns director of Friends of the Earth, said, "Monsanto have lost the public arguments over GM crops, and are now resorting to legal strong-arm tactics in response. I'm not the least bit surprised, given Monsanto's track record. They would be better advised to accept the failure of their marketing strategy and to accept the opinion of the British public who do not want GM food foisted upon them."

The first farm to take part in the UK government's farm scale trials of GM crops may be forced to plough up seed that it planted over the Easter weekend.

Friends of the Earth is calling on the government to suspend farm scale trials of genetically modified crops at Lushill Farm, in Hannington, near Swindon, Wiltshire following revelations that AgrEvo, the company undertaking the trials, appears to have broken the law by not informing local people of its plans.

AgrEvo, now plans to notify the local public. But it has already planted GM seed on the farm and that the law requires GM seed firms to notify the public prior to planting.

Copyright Environment News Service (ENS) 1999

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens.lycos.com/ens/apr99/1999L-04-28-03.html




Global Furor Temporarily Tables Monsanto's Terminator/Full Article

Posted: Friday, April 23, 1999 | 6:43 a.m.
WWW.POSTNET.COM

Monsanto will wait for studies of disputed new
gene technology
By Bill Lambrecht
Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON -- Monsanto's "terminator technology"
may not be terminated, but neither will it be germinated soon
because of the global furor it has caused.

St. Louis-based Monsanto Co. announced
Thursday that it would not market the
controversial new gene technology until the
completion of studies that examine the
environmental, economic and social effects.

"We believe that the concerns about gene
protection technologies should be heard and
carefully considered before any decisions are made
to commercialize them," the company said in a
statement.

So-called terminator technology is one of the
seed-sterilization methods being developed to
prevent genetically modified seeds from being
used for free. If crops produce sterile seeds,
farmers must buy new seeds at the next planting.

For Monsanto, Thursday's announcement amounts
to a retreat from its spirited defense of the
technology. Philip Angell, Monsanto's director of
communications, said the company had taken its
new position "because the reaction to terminator
in a lot of different quarters in many countries was
clearly becoming the dominant discussion about
biotechnology."

Angell said Monsanto had consulted with
prominent scientists before issuing its statement,
which he described as "recognition that we need
some level of public acceptance to do our
business."

Monsanto is not alone in developing the
technology, which is believed to be several years
from the market. But Monsanto has drawn most of
the heat because of a widely publicized U.S. patent
for sterilization awarded last year to the
Department of Agriculture and a Mississippi seed
company that Monsanto is acquiring.

In parts of the world, seed-saving is fiercely
protected. Farmers and their advocates fear the
loss of this age-old practice along with diminished
seed choices that they see resulting from recent
consolidation of seed companies by Monsanto and
its rivals.

Farmers have reacted angrily, even violently, to
the prospect of these changes. In November,
members of a farm cooperative in India - where 70
percent of farmers save seeds - burned two of
Monsanto's experimental fields.

Meanwhile, scientists and farm economists in the
world's largest agriculture research network - the
Consultative Group on International Agriculture
Research - voted late last year to condemn the
technology.

It was unclear who would conduct new studies
and when. A United Nations scientific and
technology panel organized under the Convention
on Biological Diversity already is studying
terminator technologies, and several countries are
pushing for wider U.N. involvement.

The International Food Policy Research Institute
also may be studying the issue. Phil Pardey, a
research fellow for the Washington-based
institute, referred Thursday to "a woeful lack of
understanding of the potential impacts on both
developed and developing nations."

Jim Moody, president of Washington-based
InterAction, said he had agreed to help
disseminate information about the technology to
the 160 organizations under his umbrella.
InterAction is known primarily for helping refugees
and disaster victims.

The Rural Advancement Foundation International,
which has offices in the United States and Canada,
coined the terminator technology phrase and has
been the most vocal critic of plant sterility
research. The foundation's Hope Shand predicted
that studies will recommend that the technology
be dropped.

Monsanto often has fought for global acceptance
of biotechnology with little help from rivals, and it
may be alone in the terminator controversy. A
spokeswoman for Swiss-based Novartis,
Monsanto's main rival in the business of genetic
science, referred to the issue as "a Monsanto
matter" and declined to comment. A DuPont
spokesman said his company had no plan to
pursue the technology.


Source: PostNet.Com
http://www.stlnet.com/postnet/stories.nsf/ByDocID/3B7F6B78506534998625675C0




Are you Eating TOXIC FISH?

Based on an article written by Becky Gillette
in the July/August 1998 of E, The Environmental Magazine.

Do you eat fish believing it is a healthy choice?
E, The Environmental Magazine, sheds some light on "toxic fish." Recent research
shows that seafood and freshwater fish can contain dangerous levels of mercury,
PBCs and dioxins! Yum!

"...as little as half a can of tuna per day contains enough mercury to be
harmful to developing fetuses, infants and young children...The fish are often
contaminated by emissions from coal fired power plants, incinerators and other
industrial facilities that end up in the water, where mercury turns into its
organic form, methylmercury, and accumulates in fish tissue."

"...there are 1,600 places where people can't fish out of their local waters
safely."

Do you ever dream of the ol' fishing hole? According to this article, there were
1,600 fish advisories in 1996 alone.

Pregnant women and children are the most at risk!
Jackie Savitz, the executive director of Coast Alliance, a coalition of 300
environmental groups across the country, says that pregnant women are most at
risk because mercury consumption can cross the placenta and effect the
developing fetus. Children's nervous systems are just developing and are much
more sensitive to toxic exposure.

"Most people probably know a child who didn't develop neurologically as quickly
as he or she should have. Delayed neurological development is actually the
result that would be caused by mercury poisoning."

An annual release of about 158 tons of mercury

The article goes on to say that coal-fired power plants represent an estimated
33 percent of mercury emissions; while "municipal, industrial, and medical waste
incinerators contribute another 29 percent to the annual release of about 158
tons of mercury."

A policy associate with the Environmental Law and Policy Center says, "...there
are no requirements for power plants to cut their emissions."

PCBs and Dioxins
Along with 'delicious' mercury, you can find PCBs and dioxins in fish. According
to Dr. Amy Kyle, "All three compounds have harmful effects on developing fetuses
and infants, and are passed from mother to child both through the placenta and
breast feeding."

Dr. Kyle was the principle author and researcher of Contaminated Catch: The
Public Health Threat from Toxics in Fish, published by the Natural Resources
Defense Council.

"Methylmercury is a potent neurotoxin that affects the nervous system and brain
development," Kyle says. "PCBs affect the mental and physical development of
children and are thought to cause cancer. Dioxins have reproductive,
developmental, and immune system effects and are one of the most potent
carcinogens ever tested on animals."

Apparently, the Great Lakes are highly impacted, but mercury also tends to
accumulate in reservoir fish. Naturally the fishing industry isn't thrilled by
these findings.

People have been switching to fish to find a healthier source of protein. But
according to this article, "fish are also the most significant source of mercury
and PCBs that people absorb into their bodies.

Tuna in a can is considered the biggest risk because it is widely consumed

Dr. Kyle: "The contaminants found in fish have been linked to a number of
long-term health effects, including problems with the reproductive system,
development, intelligence, and the balance of hormones in our bodies. Several
toxic compounds cause cancer. Some damage the immune system so that it is less
capable of fighting off disease. Others affect the nervous system."

Toxins in fish can also poison other wildlife and birds; toxins are accumulating
in our environment. I can understand why the fishing industry is wary of these
reports; but in the end, I believe they will pressure the sources of these
toxins for both the health of their businesses and their children.

Smaller is better; the bigger fish, like swordfish or tuna have eaten lots of
little toxic fish.

How about aquaculture?
Do you feel safe when you eat 'farm raised' fish?
E Magazine: "Airborne mercury deposited streams and rivers can also land on a
fish farm pond. And there are other concerns about aquaculture, such as the use
of antibiotics and other feed additives at fish farms."

In the amazing book, Our Stolen Future, Theo Colburn also connects these
ubquitous toxins to a loss of memory.

Here's some resources:
Natural Resources Defense Council
40 West 20th St.
New York, NY 10011

http://www.nrdc.org/nrdcpro/catch/ccinx

http://www.emagazine.com

Read:
OUR STOLEN FUTURE
by Theo Colborn, Diane Dumanoski, & John Peterson Myers, Plume/Penguin
http://inannareturns.com/edc.htm




Subject: BBC: US greens want beefed-up UN /110 million people have died in wars this century

US greens want beefed-up UN
By Environment Correspondent Alex Kirby

The Worldwatch Institute says the unfolding humanitarian disaster in the Balkans
has exposed the inadequacies of international attempts to keep the peace.

The Institute, an environmental research group based in Washington DC, says the
Balkan conflict dramatises "the need for an entirely new approach to security
policy in the post-Cold War world".

An Institute report, "Ending Violent Conflict", says 110 million people have
died in wars this century.

It says that is three times as many people as died in all the wars between the
first century AD and 1899.

Most wars in the last half century have been internal ones: in the last decade,
97 out of 103 armed conflicts were internal.

Since 1945, civilians have accounted for 70% of all war casualties, with the
figure rising to more than 90% in the 1990s.

Full article

http://news.bbc.co.uk/low/english/sci/tech/newsid_332000/332748.stm




The Electromagnetic Bomb - a Weapon of Electrical Mass Destruction
Carlo Kopp
Defence Analyst
Melbourne, Australia
Carlo.Kopp@aus.net

http://www.cs.monash.edu.au/~carlo/

High Power Electromagnetic Pulse generation techniques and High Power Microwave
technology have matured to the point where practical E-bombs
(Electromagnetic bombs) are becoming technically feasible, with new applications
in both Strategic and Tactical Information Warfare.

The development of conventional E-bomb devices allows their use in non-nuclear
confrontations. This paper discusses aspects of the technology base, weapon
delivery techniques and proposes a doctrinal foundation for the use of such
devices in warhead and bomb applications.

Full article

http://www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil/airchronicles/kopp/apjemp.html




From: "ELN/firedeva" <firedeva@earthlink.net>
Subject: Hague Peace Conference
Date: Sun, 2 May 1999

An exciting international peace conference is to take place this month from May 11 to 15.

If you have not done so already, you may want to check out this website. There are some good ideas both for the conference and for continuing efforts. This may be a good place to find people to interact with concerning other "good ideas" for bringing our planet into a new peaceful era.

http://www.haguepeace.org<>a>

Blessings,

Suzan




BOSTON GLOBE

April 20, 1999

Thinking peace in Watertown

Joined by Serbs in Belgrade, group meditates to stop bombings

By Judith Gaines, Globe Staff

WATERTOWN - On the bedroom floor of their Watertown home, on the living room couch, on chairs in the den, on mattresses strewn on the sun porch, on foam pads and pillows and blanket piles wherever there's a comfortable corner, Carla and Duncan Brown and about two dozen of their friends sit cross-legged and casual, eyes closed, for their peace offensive.

These friends have come together almost every evening since the beginning of April in response to the devastation in Kosovo. They think they know how to stop the bombings and ease ethnic tensions there: they meditate.

And they are linked by the Internet with a group of about 90 Serbians in Belgrade trying the same approach.

In much the same way that radio waves transmit sound over long distances, they say their brain waves can radiate a form of energy that is unusually calm and coherent, and helps dissolve the stresses that cause war.

''We're undermining warlike tendencies,'' without the aggressors even knowing it, said Laure Edwards, 43, a financial writer from Natick who is an advanced meditator.

No one in the Watertown group has personal friends or family members in war-torn Yugoslavia. But they have seen graphic film footage of refugees streaming out of Kosovo, the world they knew left behind them in shreds. And they have read touching e-mail messages from Dragana Pejcic, a 38- year-old graduate student in Belgrade who communicates with them through the Internet.

''Everyone is tired and exhausted from the daily air-raid sirens, from going to the cellars and shelters during the night, from listening to all kinds of [emotional] stories,''Pejcic wrote. ''Yesterday, around 4 a.m., I woke up because the building was shaking as if an earthquake hit us. ... After that, we watched fire everywhere. Terrible!''

Duncan Brown, 42, a computer network administrator, explained the urgent concern that has brought the meditators to his home.

''It's impossible to go on with our normal lives knowing that this is happening,'' he said. ''I'm upset by the suffering and cruelty I see in Kosovo. The world is my family."

Cindy Kuhn, 49, a documentary archivist living in Pepperell, said she was especially moved by stories of Serbian meditators traveling across Belgrade, ''while bombs are coming down, to get to a place where they can create a little island of peace.'' Wrote Pejcic, ''We meet in the home of Milija and Marija Petrovic, [meditating] there during the day and sleeping in our own homes at night. To get there, those who live on the other side of the river Sava, in Belgrade's center, have to cross the bridge. And because two bridges already have been bombed, with the threat of further bombing increasing, many people hardly dare to come. ...

''It is very painful to understand what's going on. We just know what a solution is. And we work on that."

By meditating together, in Watertown as in Belgrade, the group members say they are creating a more settled, restful environment that is more conducive to rational decision-making.

For Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic or NATO leaders to really get the message, these meditators probably would need a much larger group, they say. But perhaps they can help at least a few people to shift their thinking.

''The killing in Kosovo is because of all the differences people see. A better answer is to help people see the commonalities, the unity,'' said Peggy Gurnan, 54, who teaches mathematics at a middle school in Lowell.

''This isn't something intellectual or abstract,'' she said. ''It's a direct experience of connectedness."

These peacemakers practice an advanced form of Transcendental Meditation. They say the technique allows their minds to settle down so that they contact a field of natural energy and intelligence, which they say some physicists call the unified field of consciousness.

Refining and softening this field in one place, they say, can have a long-range ameliorating effect somewhere else. And doing it together makes the effect more powerful.

They know some observers will think their ideas absurd. But history, they say, supports their claims.

Carla Brown, who wrote a Harvard dissertation on the subject, said 43 studies have documented a link between this form of meditation and reductions in conflict and negativity, including a famous study of warfare in Lebanon published by Yale's Journal of Conflict Resolution.

''Scientists who reviewed the work decided they had to publish it,'' she said. ''They didn't believe it, but they couldn't deny it."

In her dissertation, Brown documented how most scientific breakthroughs have been initially greeted by ridicule. People laughed at the notion that radio waves could transmit sound over long distances, for instance.

Other meditators added that those who preach nonviolence often are viewed as weak or naive, or worse.

''We forget how everyone thought the nonviolent techniques of the civil rights movement were crazy,'' Kuhn said. This [Transcendental Meditation] is a second-generation technique."

This story ran on page B01 of the Boston Globe on 04/20/99. c Copyright 1999 Globe Newspaper Company.


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