2) Feature: Monsanto Announces Takeover of Delta & Pine Land and Terminator Seed Technology (again): ETC Group
3) News from our Members
--Electro-Sensitivity Conference Available on DVD
4) Issues Updates
--Privacy Groups Slam Use of CIA-Backed Software to Manage Canadian Health Files
--Here Today, Extinct Tomorrow?
--Sound Off On McDonald's Hummer Giveaway
--Successes and Lost Opportunities to Reduce Children's Exposure to Pesticides Since the Mid-1990s
--Greenpeace Investigation Reveals Kimberly-Clark Lying to Stockholders and Public Since 1998
--Canadian Health Reports: Regional Differences in Obesity, 2004
5) Media Watch
--Pumping Blind: Experts Say We're Recklessly Draining BC's Groundwater
--Water Shortage "a Global Problem"
--Canada Native Groups Join to Protect Water Supply
--New Water Law Critical for Healthy Ontario
--Drought to Shut Down Canadian Rain Forest Resort
--Monsanto Launches Vistive Soybeans for Ontario Growers and Consumers
--US Rice Farmers Sue Bayer CropScience of GM Rice
--Bayer Admits Gene-Altered Rice Has Contaminated Food Supply
--Rice Contaminated by GM Has Been On Sale for Months
--Study: Monsanto's Genetically Engineered Grasses Will Wreak Havoc on Native Species
--Judge Slams USDA in Pharma Crops Case
--Canada's Nuclear Do or Die
--Sweden Closes Nuclear Plants Over Safety Fears
--Seeking a Balance in Ontario's Energy Equation
--Canada Plans to Boost Environment, Ignore Kyoto
--Rich Nations' Greenhouse Gases Up, Despite Kyoto
--Leading Canadian Liberal Proposes Type of Carbon Tax
--Health Canada Warns Against Drinking Hydrogen Peroxide for Medicinal Use
--Medical Errors: It Seems Bad But It's Actually Worse
--More Drugs Get Slapped with Lawsuits
--Alberta Pharmacists May Get Prescribing Power
--Infant Deaths After C-Sections Rise Even in Low-Risk Pregnancies
--Understanding the Health of Indigenous Peoples in Canada
--Ginseng Linked to Improved Breast Cancer Outcomes
--Pine Bark Reduces Leg Ulcers in Diabetics
--Antioxidants Could Help Healthy Aging
--The Top Ten Things Food Companies Don't Want You to Know
--Canada Proposes Organic Regulations
--Baby Goes Organic
--Eatin' Good in the Neighborhood: Why the Market Alone Can't Save Local Agriculture
--Up Against the Wal-Mart: Big Buyers Make Organic Farmers Feel Smaller Than Ever
--Greening Up the Downline: Multilevel Marketing Comes of Age
--Pollution Programs Across the US Prevent 6 Billion Pounds of Pollution
--Risky Business: Are You a Laptop User?
--Safety of Mercury in Fillings Debated
--Study Finds Silver Fillings Not Harmful
6) Calendar of Events
--Anti-Aging and Andropause, Vancouver, Sept 19th
--Anti-Aging and Menopause, Vancouver, Sept 26th
--The Ultimate Preventive Medicine, Burnaby, Sept 26th
--Autism Conference, London, ON, Nov 3rd and 4th
Dear HANS Members and Friends;
As fans of preventive medicine, one of our goals at Health Action Network Society (HANS) is to make it easier for the public to access and pay for preventive health-care services such as chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture and naturopathic medicine.
So, to serve our members better and to promote better health, HANS has diligently researched different options, and we have found strong merit in a specific health-care reimbursement plan we call the HANS ADVANTAGE.
This plan is not insurance. Here's how it works.
Tax-Deductible Medical Costs if You Own a Business
Health care and dental expenses are 100 percent tax-deductible against business income using this program. Applicants and their dependents (yes, it could be you) may utilize the HANS ADVANTAGE. You don't necessarily have to be a HANS member; the plan is available to anyone who qualifies and who wants to take advantage of this offer.
It's a thrill to know that keeping yourself well could be 100-percent tax deductible in a way that is fully approved by the Canada Revenue Agency. Isn't it at least worth a call to us to see if you are eligible?
This program works for individuals or their spouses who own their own incorporated business. It may also work for self-employed sole-proprietors. It's not suitable, however, in instances where both spouses are employees of a company.
The entire list of health-care services is outlined in Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Interpretation Bulletin #IT519R2 and is 36 pages long. Visit www.trustedadvisor.ca and click on the Health & Welfare Trust Section to learn more.
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We sincerely hope you benefit from this new information.
HANS Founding Member and Director
2) Monsanto Announces Takeover of Delta and Pine Land and Terminator Seed Technology (again): ETC Group
News Release, ETC Group
August 16, 2006
In a quest to expand its corporate seed empire, Monsanto, the world's largest seed enterprise has announced it will buy the world's leading cotton seed company, Mississippi-based (USA) Delta & Pine Land, for US $1.5 billion. Monsanto and Delta & Pine Land (D&PL) together account for over 57 percent of the US cotton seed market.
With D&PL subsidiaries in 13 countries -- including major markets such as China, India, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey and Pakistan -- the takeover means Monsanto will command a dominant position in one of the world's most important agricultural trade commodities and that millions of cotton farmers will be under increased pressure to accept genetically modified (GM) cottonseed.
"This merger," says Ibrahim Coulibaly, President of the National Coordination of Peasants' Organizations of Mali, "guarantees an intensification of the already immense political pressure on West African governments to accept genetically modified seeds. Delta & Pine Land couldn't exercise the kind of clout Monsanto can. This deal is a major threat to our farmers and food sovereignty. African farmers' groups and civil society organizations need international support to resist the pressure of multinational corporations and USAID on African governments to adopt GMOs."
Sterile Cotton Bolls
Delta & Pine Land is notorious for its early development, with the US Department of Agriculture, of Terminator technology -- plants that are genetically modified to produce sterile seeds at harvest. Despite massive opposition from farmers, civil society and many governments, Delta & Pine Land has repeatedly vowed to commercialize the technology and declared that their primary market would be in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The company claims it is already growing genetically modified cotton and tobacco containing Terminator genes in greenhouses.
More than 500 organizations worldwide have called for a global ban on Terminator Technology, asserting that sterile seeds will destroy the livelihoods and cultures of the 1.4 billion people who depend on farm-saved seed. In March 2006, governments at the biennial meeting of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity unanimously re-affirmed and strengthened the international moratorium on field testing and commercialization of Terminator seeds.
"With the takeover of Delta & Pine Land, Monsanto acquires a research program devoted to commercializing Terminator seeds, as well as US, European and Canadian patents on genetic seed sterilization technology," said Hope Shand of ETC Group.
"We demand that Monsanto make a public commitment to shut down the Terminator research program it will acquire from D&PL and abandon its Terminator patents once and for all," said Shand.
Monsanto's Boll Weasel
Monsanto's 1998 bid to buy Delta & Pine Land for $1.8 billion collapsed in 1999 amid global controversy over Terminator technology. In response to massive opposition, Monsanto's former CEO, Robert Shapiro, publicly pledged in 1999 that his company would not commercialize sterile-seed technology. But the company's revised 2005 pledge states that the company will not "commercialize sterile-seed technologies in food crops" -- suggesting that it would use Terminator seeds in non-food crops (e.g. cotton?) and does not rule out other uses of Terminator in the future.
In a recent e-mail communication to ETC Group, Monsanto spokesperson Lori Fisher wrote that Monsanto does not intend to use technologies that render seeds sterile, and stands by its 2005 pledge "not to commercialize sterile-seed technologies in food crops." The pledge also states that "Monsanto people constantly reevaluate this stance as technology develops."
ETC Group notes the company's pledge leaves the door open and does not rule out future development of the technology. Monsanto's pledge allows the company to change its position on any aspect of its pledge at any time. Cotton is one of the world's most lucrative non-food commercial crops. Will it become Monsanto's first target crop for Terminator genes?
Monsanto's acquisition of D&PL is just the latest in a decade-long series of seed company takeovers. Monsanto became the world's largest vegetable seed company with its January 2005 takeover of Seminis. In April 2005, Monsanto acquired Emergent Genetics (including Stoneville) - the 3rd largest US cotton seed company.
Over the past year, Monsanto has taken control of more than a dozen US-based corn and soybean seed companies. Just three months ago, D&PL acquired Syngenta's global cotton seed business -- including operations in India, Brazil, Europe and some cotton germplasm in the US.
Global Cotton King
With the takeover of Delta & Pine Land, Monsanto aims to insert biotech traits into cotton germplasm worldwide. Despite growing resistance in West Africa, D&PL initiated tests on GM cotton in Burkina Faso, Mali and Egypt in 2004. Monsanto and D&PL already control an estimated one-third of the Indian hybrid cotton seed market. According to Monsanto, D&PL now controls one-third of the Brazilian cotton seed market, and almost one-fourth of the Australian market.
Monsanto's bid for D&PL comes on the heels of the collapse of the Doha Round in Geneva on July 24. West African cotton exporting states, in particular, were banking on the World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations to rollback cotton subsidies in the USA and on increased market access in the EU for finished cotton goods. With the WTO failure, the $4 billion US cotton subsidy remains in place and prospects for African and Asian cotton growers look dim. This is bad news for D&PL, which lacks Monsanto's deep pockets and long-term market opportunities. Monsanto is buying its major cotton competitor for $1.5 billion -- one third less than it offered in 1998 before the WTO trade talks began. From Monsanto's perspective, it's inevitable that the US will have to drop its subsidy to large US cotton operations and, when it does, the cotton seed business in the US will all but disappear with the market shifting to Africa and Asia. Monsanto can afford to wait -- as long as it is the cotton seed provider and all the seed available uses the company's genetically modified traits.
With control of almost 60 percent of the US cotton seed market after the buyout, Monsanto anticipates anti-trust scrutiny in the US, and the company's president says it will divest its US cotton seed company Stoneville, which controls about 14 percent of the US market.
"If the EU is serious about helping Africa's cotton farmers and improving Africa's cotton export earnings, it can begin by rejecting the Monsanto/D&PL merger in Brussels as an attack on anti-competition policy," said Pat Mooney of ETC Group. "The merger of these two US companies will make the removal of cotton subsidies much more difficult and will keep cotton and cotton clothing prices unnaturally high for European consumers. A barrier thrown up in Brussels will even be seen inside the Beltway in Washington, DC. The boll is in the EU's court!" said Mooney.
US Cotton Seed Market -- Percentage of Market Share 2005
Delta & Pine Land (to be acquired by Monsanto) 43.37
Stoneville (Monsanto) 13.93
Bayer Cropscience 25.32
Phytogen (Dow AgroSciences) 2.64
Source: USDA; figures are for upland cotton.
If the buyout is approved, Monsanto's Stoneville and Delta & Pine Land will together account for more than 57 percent of the total US cotton market. According to the US Department of Agriculture, 83 percent of the cotton acreage planted in the US in 2005 was transgenic.
Delta & Pine Land has subsidiaries in 13 countries, including companies in North, South and Central America, Europe, China, South Africa, Turkey and India.
Delta & Pine Land Subsidiaries (as of November 2005)
D&M INTERNATIONAL, LLC
D&PL ARGENTINA, INC.
D&PL CHINA, INC.
D&PL CHINA PTE, LTD.
D&PL INVESTING CORP.
D&PL INVESTMENTS, INC.
DELTAPINE PARAGUAY, INC.
D&PL SOUTH AFRICA, INC.
D&PL INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY CORP.
DELTA PINE DE MEXICO S. DE R.L. DE C.V.
DELTAPINE AUSTRALIA PTY. LIMITED
GREENFIELD SEED COMPANY, LLC
HEBEI JI DAI COTTONSEED TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, LTD. (CHINA)
PAYMASTER TECHNOLOGY CORP.
TURK DELTAPINE, INC. (TURKEY)
D&PL SEMILLAS LTDA. (COSTA RICA)
CDM MANDIYU S.R.L. (ARGENTINA)
DELTA AND PINE LAND HELLAS MONOPROSOPI, E.P.E. (GREECE)
D&PL BRASIL, LTDA.
ANHUI AN DAI COTTONSEED TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, LTD. (CHINA)
D&PL TECHNOLOGY HOLDING COMPANY LLC.
D&M BRASIL ALGODAO, LTDA
MDM SEMENTES DE ALGODAO LTDA (BRAZIL)
SURE GROW, LLC
D&PL INDIA, LLC
DELTAPINE INDIA SEED PRIVATE LTD. (INDIA)
D&PL MAURITIUS LIMITED
Source: Delta & Pine Land, SEC Filing 10-K, November 14, 2005
For more information, contact: Pat Mooney, ETC Group (Canada) e-mail: email@example.com; phone: 613 241-2267; Jim Thomas, ETC Group (Canada) e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
3) News from Our Members
Electro-Sensitivity Conference Available on DVD
A unique conference was held in Stockholm in May 2006. The theme for the conference was "The right for persons with the impairment electro-hypersensitivity to live in a fully accessible society".
The conference was organized by the Stockholm City municipality and the Stockholm County Council and dealt with the most recent measures to make Stockholm fully accessible for persons with the impairment electro-hypersensitivity. Among such measures are to offer home equipment adjustments, ban mobile phones from certain underground cars as well as certain public bus seats, and through electro-sanitized hospital wards.
The conference was documented on film. It has now been translated into English and made available on DVD. It is sold and distributed by the Stockholm City. The prize (including postage) is 25 Euro.
To order the DVD and/or for questions regarding the conference, e-mail email@example.com, or call the Stockholm City's Social Welfare Administration at 468-508-25-003.
Olle Johansson, Associate Professor
The Experimental Dermatology Unit
Department of Neuroscience
171 77 Stockholm
5) ISSUE UPDATES
Privacy Groups Slam Use of CIA-Backed Software to Manage Canadian Health Files
Privacy advocates are questioning the use of Central Intelligence Agency- (CIA) funded software to manage Canadian medical records. Software that will help sort millions of Canadian health records was developed by a company funded through the CIA's venture capital partner, sparking concerns about the confidentiality of patient data.
Privacy advocates are raising questions about Canadian use of the Initiate Systems indexing program given its creator's financial connection to In-Q-Tel -- a private firm that helps the US CIA zero in on promising technology.
Initiate Systems of Chicago has sold the indexing software to Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland, Saskatchewan and Ontario for use in a national initiative to better manage health records.
More at http://fipa.bc.ca/home/news/148
Here Today, Extinct Tomorrow?
Canada is known throughout the world for its wildlife. Even our coins feature iconic Canadian animals such as the beaver, caribou, loon, and polar bear. It's sad to think some of these same animals are at risk of extinction.
In May of this year, the federal government's Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) announced more than 500 Canadian species are now at risk of extinction. Dangers such as climate change and habitat destruction are putting our animals at risk.
More at http://www.davidsuzuki.org/NatureChallenge/newslette....
Sound Off On McDonald's Hummer Giveaway
If you care about clean air, global warming and children's health and are outraged that McDonald's was giving away toy Hummers with Happy Meals, tell the world -- and McDonald's -- how you feel.
Environmental Working Group (EWG) and HybridCars.com introduce the Ronald McHummer Sign-O-Matic, an interactive website that lets you write your own slogan or message about the Hummer giveaway, display it on a McDonald's marquee, and send a message to the president of the fast-food chain. (The site, www.RonaldMcHummer.com, is not affiliated with or endorsed by McDonald's or General Motors.)
"McDonald's has helped make American kids the fattest in the world, so now they're looking for new ways to promote an unhealthy lifestyle," said EWG President Ken Cook. "They're selling future car buyers on the fun of driving a vehicle that emits 39 times more smog-forming chemicals than the cleanest cars on the road."
More at http://www.ronaldmchummer.com/
Successes and Lost Opportunities to Reduce Children's Exposure to Pesticides Since the Mid-1990s
At the February 2006 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, four scientists spoke about steps taken in the last decade to reduce children's pesticide exposures, and compared and contrasted progress made as a result of innovation in pesticide chemistry and Integrated Pest Management systems, through ecolabel programs, including organic certification, and by regulation.
While some progress has been made in reducing pesticide risks, this report presents the science supporting the need for stronger action and outlines constructive steps required to accelerate progress.
Read it at http://www.organic-center.org/science.pest.php?actio....
Greenpeace Investigation Reveals Kimberly-Clark Lying to Stockholders and Public Since 1998
As tissue giant Kimberly-Clark's released its second quarter earnings report, Greenpeace requested that the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) look into statements by Kimberly-Clark executives regarding their wood pulp policy.
The environmental group publicly has revealed investigative evidence that Kimberly-Clark uses pulp from the coastal temperate rainforests of British Columbia, despite repeated public claims to the contrary. The claims, which date as far back to 1998, appear in numerous company publications including the company's 2006 proxy statement, 2005 Sustainability Report, and correspondences with the SEC.
The pulp in question is used in the manufacture of disposable tissue products sold around the world, including the Kleenex brand.
More at http://kleercut.net/en/coastal
Canadian Health Reports: Regional Differences in Obesity, 2004
Adults who lived in large Canadian cities in 2004 were far less likely to be obese than were their counterparts who lived outside such metropolitan areas, a new report indicates.
The report "Regional differences in obesity" is based on actual measurements of height and weight from the 2004 Canadian Community Health Survey. The study examines obesity and overweight individuals inside and outside census metropolitan areas (CMAs).
Overall, 20 percent of CMA residents aged 18 or older were obese in 2004, compared with 29 percent of those who lived outside a CMA. The national average for obesity was 23 percent.
Furthermore, as the size of the city increased, the likelihood of being obese fell. In CMAs with a population of at least 2 million (Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver) only 17 percent of adults were obese. The comparable figure for CMAs with a population of 100,000 to 2 million was 24 percent. In urban centres with populations of 10,000 to 100,000, 30 percent of adults were obese.
More at http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/060822/d060822b....
You may be able to write off your health-care costs. Check out the HANS ADVANTAGE at www.hans.org
5) MEDIA WATCH
Pumping Blind: Experts Say We're Recklessly Draining BC's Groundwater
Water Shortage "a Global Problem"
Wash and Learn: On Washing Your Car
Canada Native Groups Join to Protect Water Supply
New Water Law Critical for Healthy Ontario
Drought to Shut Down Canadian Rain Forest Resort
Monsanto Launches Vistive Soybeans for Ontario Growers and Consumers
US Rice Farmers Sue Bayer CropScience of GM Rice
Bayer Admits Gene-Altered Rice Has Contaminated Food Supply
Rice Contaminated by GM Has Been On Sale for Months
Study: Monsanto's Genetically Engineered Grasses Will Wreak Havoc on Native Species
Judge Slams USDA in Pharma Crops Case
Canada's Nuclear Do or Die
Sweden Closes Nuclear Plants Over Safety Fears
Seeking a Balance in Ontario's Energy Equation
Canada Plans to Boost Environment, Ignore Kyoto
Rich Nations' Greenhouse Gases Up, Despite Kyoto
Leading Canadian Liberal Proposes Type of Carbon Tax
Health Canada Warns Against Drinking Hydrogen Peroxide for Medicinal Use
Medical Errors: It Seems Bad But It's Actually Worse
More Drugs Get Slapped with Lawsuits
Alberta Pharmacists May Get Prescribing Power
Infant Deaths After C-Sections Rise Even in Low-Risk Pregnancies
Understanding the Health of Indigenous Peoples in Canada
Can Naturopathic Medicine Fight Cancer, Hot Flashes?
Ginseng Linked to Improved Breast Cancer Outcomes
Pine Bark Reduces Leg Ulcers in Diabetics
Antioxidants Could Help Healthy Aging
The Top Ten Things Food Companies Don't Want You to Know
Canada Proposes Organic Regulations
Baby Goes Organic
Eatin' Good in the Neighborhood: Why the Market Alone Can't Save Local Agriculture
Up Against the Wal-Mart: Big Buyers Make Organic Farmers Feel Smaller Than Ever
Greening Up the Downline: Multilevel Marketing Comes of Age
Pollution Programs Across the US Prevent 6 Billion Pounds of Pollution
Risky Business: Are You a Laptop User?
Safety of Mercury in Fillings Debated
Study Finds Silver Fillings Not Harmful
For more current stories, check out "News" at www.hans.org.
6) Calendar of Events
Anti-Aging and Andropause
Who: Brian Martin, BSc, ND and Dr. Gideon Frame, MD
When: Tuesday, Sept 19th, 6 - 7 pm
Where: EnerChanges, Unit M-11, 601 West Broadway
Contact: 604-681-8380 to reserve your seat. Seating is limited.
By the time men are between the ages of 35 and 55, they can experience a normal part of aging, a male menopause, called andropause. This occurs very gradually and can produce a profound and widespread range of symptoms. It's characterized by changes in attitudes and moods, fatigue, a loss of energy, sex drive, weight gain and decreased strength or endurance. Are you or someone you love experiencing any of these symptoms?
Attend this one hour informative lecture and learn the latest information on testosterone and human growth hormone therapy. Learn what options are available.
The Ultimate Preventive Medicine
Who: Carolyn Markolin, PhD
When: Sept 26th, 7 - 9 pm
Where: Firefighters' Banquet and Conference Center, 6515 Bonsor Ave, Burnaby (five minutes walk east from Metrotown Skytrain Station)
Cost: Pre-registration $10 HANS members, $20 non-members, at the door $15 HANS members, $25 non-members
Contact: Reserve tickets by phone at 604-435-0512 or at www.hans.org/
This important lecture is valuable to everyone affected by cancer or other illnesses. Caroline Markolin, PhD, will give us scientific insight into the link between emotional distress and disease.
Anti-Aging and Menopause
Who: Brian Martin, BSc, ND
When: Tuesday, Sept 26th, 6 - 7 pm
Where: EnerChanges, Unit M-11, 601 West Broadway
Contact: 604-681-8380 to reserve your seat. Seating is limited.
Eventually every woman will move into a stage of life called "Menopause", which marks the decline in the essential female hormones estrogen and progesterone. This lecture is a must for every woman who wants to maximize her health, happiness, life and years. You will receive the most up-to-date information and tests that give women the knowledge, power and choice to safely and effectively save time and suffering.
Learn how and what thyroid, insulin, menopause and blood sugar have to do with stubborn weight loss. Learn how each body is different and how successful weight loss depends on knowing and treating these differences. Learn alternative ways to treat symptoms. Learn what healthy body composition is and how to lose weight safely and effectively.
"Autism: A Medical Condition" Conference
Who: Presented by the Autism Foundation Canada
When: Nov 3rd and 4th (Fri, Sat)
Where: University of Western Ontario, London, ON
Contact: Phone 519-695-5858, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.autismcanada.org
November 3rd, 7 - 9 pm
Features the documentary "Autism: There's Hope Out There" and a chance to meet and greet the Autism Canada Foundation Board Members.
Speaker: David Patchell-Evans, Founder and CEO of GoodLife Fitness Clubs; President, Autism Canada Foundation
November 4th, 9 am - 4:30 pm
Speakers: Dr. Sidney Baker, Dr. Derrick MacFabe and Dr. Wendy Edwards
Founded in 1984, Health Action Network Society is a membership-based, non-profit charitable organization dedicated to gathering and disseminating health promotion information.