Sunday, August 11, 2013

Safe Guarding Our Food Supply And Little Girls

Guarding Our Food Supply AND Little Girls

I say Thank You to the bees on my squash flowers and am Grateful for the heirloom (non-gmo) seeds which grow such good food!  This is serious, friends.

I am writing to call for the urgent and immediate passage of the Save
America's Pollinators Act of 2013.
Save The Bees Action Page:
This last winter 45 percent of all honeybee colonies in the U.S. died
off. The norm before 2005 was a 5-10% loss, but then the numbers shot
up dramatically to 30% a year or more. Without honeybees there would
be no fruits, no nuts and the loss of many vegetables.
The European Union recently put a ban in place on the new
neonicotinoid pesticides, the introduction of which strongly
correlates to these honeybee deaths. These chemical poisons were
never actually field tested before being released into the
environment, and were deployed under a conditional registration
loophole. What makes them so insidious is that they are systemic in
the plants, they are literally in the nectar on which the bees feed,
which the bees then concentrate.
This last season it took 60% of all functional honeybees in the
country just to pollinate California's almond crop alone. One more
yearly loss like this last year, which is now the EXPECTED new norm,
and there will be a catastrophic collapse of our food supply this
very next year. Indeed, the damage for next year has already been
done by the long enduring neonicotinoids already out there.
Our honeybees are dropping literally like flies. It would be nice if
our own Congress might one time have the foresight to implement good
public policy, without lurching from one monumental catastrophe to
the next. This literally may be our last chance to save our food
Save The Bees Action Page:
Despite the growing consensus among scientists that neonicotinoids
are the big new factor, there will always remain a minority of shills
and deniers (think climate change), arguing that we can't exactly be
sure of the cause, and that therefore we should do absolutely
nothing. Ironically, we happen to agree that there are other factors,
not the least of which are GMO crops also engineered to put systemic
poisons in our foods.
And that is why at the same time we continue to fight for an end to
the reckless release of more and more GMO species, and full label
disclosure of GMO content so consumers can make informed market
purchasing decisions.
So please submit the action page above. And then after you do, if you
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Girls Married Before Age Seven?
The Nigerian Senate plans to eliminate the legal age requirement for marriage, putting girls as young as six at risk for child marriages. I'm asking the United Nations to intervene before it becomes law.
Sign E. Awa's Petition

Drinking, voting, driving and marriage are all things you can't do until you're 18
in Nigeria.
But that could change any day now as the Nigerian Senate plans to pass a law that
would allow girls to be married as early as six years old.
Many Nigerians have spoken out against legalizing child marriage but the Senate has
not taken any formal steps to allay their concerns. Without international pressure
they're unlikely to affirm protections for girls against underage marriage. That's
why I believe it's time for the United Nations to step in and intervene.
I started a petition on asking the United Nations to stop the Nigerian Senate from making child marriage legal. Click here to join over 30,000 other users and sign my petition.
Nigeria already has some of the highest rates of child marriage in the world -- 20%
of girls are married by the age of 15.
Eliminating the only legal protection for young girls from being married will only
make this worse.
 That's why pressure from an international authority like the United Nations is necessary
to convince the Nigerian Senate that this move is not worth the global criticism
or impact on young women.
My petition has the support of many Nigerians and thousands of expatriates around
the world, uniting behind the belief that girls should be allowed to be children,
not brides.
I'm presenting this petition to UN officials, and the more people I can show have
spoken up about this issue, the more likely they are to take action.
Click here now to sign my petition calling on the United Nations to intervene and prevent the Nigerian Senate from eliminating the age protection for marriage.
Thank you for your support.
E. Awa
Sign E. Awa's Petition
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