“Stand up for Mother Earth-even to death?”


To win this battle for peace and health on this planet we must all stand and deliver our best even if the price is high.

Do not support world leaders, irresponsible corporations and mindless reckless consumerism. The reckless and irresponsible greedy behavior are destroying life on earth.

This film is a poignant reminder to save ourselves and the planet we must stand up and be counted even if it costs us the ultimate sacrifice. This docudrama is dedicated to all who died fighting for the planet and those whose lives are on the line today.

The clip was put together by Vivek Chauhan, a young film maker, together with naturalists working with the Sanctuary Asia network (http://www.sanctuaryasia.com/).  Thank you  from Nature’s Crusaders and Mother Nature.

Thanks to UTUBE and Sanctuary Asia Networks for this powerful film clip.

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“Harp seals safer”


International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)’s Seal Team Director, Sheryl Fink, has just let me know that Russia has banned the import and

Seal pups slaughtered for fashion

export of harp seal skins. This is a huge victory as the Canadian Government estimates that Russia receives 90% of Canada’s exports of seal skins.

IFAW supporters have worked so hard to help us close down the markets for seal products around the world.

Next goal end to Canada’s commercial harp seal hunt. 

Mother Nature and her seals thanks everyone for their continued support and for saving their skins for them(the seals) to wear.

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“Many thanks 4 animals saved this year-AZ. jaguar& beluga”


So many activist to be thankful for this season!

Remember the AZ. jaguar, Macho B that was tragically killed three years ago? No jaguars have been since -until this past weekend a jaguar has been spotted in the American when a 200-pound healthy animal was photographed in southern Arizona by a hunter after being treed by his dogs. Thankfully, all parted ways without injury or a shot being fired.

The Center for Biological Diversity’s legal work earned the jaguar a place on the endangered species list in 1997, but it wasn’t until last year — after more Center advocacy and nearly 20,000 emails from Center supporters — that the Obama administration pledged to protect “critical habitat” and draft a recovery plan for the species. With protected habitat, the jaguar should be able to roam safely in the Southwest again.

Thanks to the Center’s members and advocates with the co-operation of the Obama administration for the jaguar wins.and the protection for the Miami blue butterfly and many others like the beluga whale.

Want to know more read  Arizona Daily Star.


“Food gatherers murdered for loving Amazon more than life”


This sounds like a track from the  movie “The Godfather”.
The latest deaths of a husband and wife team of food gatherers is also being blamed on the Brazilian land and logging barons.
Nothing is being done. Jose Claudio Ribeiro da Silva, 52, and his wife Maria do Espirito Santo da Silva, 51, were shot dead in an ambush in late May close to their home in Nova Ipixuna, a small town of 15,000 people in the state of Para.

A 30-year-old agronomist who worked for two years with Silva who remains anonymous for fear of retribution, said the murdered ecologist had received death threats. “He was told things like ‘Your days are numbered’, ‘You are going to die’ and ‘Get ready to be silenced forever'”.

Their crime?

They had denounced illegal logging. To date five environmentalists murders are linked to powerful corporate interests in the vast South American jungle.

May they rest in peace.

Jose Claudio Ribeiro da Silva, 52, and his wife Maria do Espirito Santo da Silva, 51, were shot dead in an ambush in late May close to their home in Nova Ipixuna, a small town of 15,000 people in the state of Para.

Since their deaths, another three activists have been killed in the state, which is the epicenter of deadly land disputes. A fourth was killed in the state of Rondonia, also in the vast Amazon jungle.

The slain couple were part of the National Council of Gatherers, a group that collects natural food from the Amazon.

It was founded by an ecologist, Chico Mendes, who was murdered in 1988.

The Para prosecutor’s office said the Silvas’ murder “had a detail suggesting it was a typical hit: the killers cut off one of Jose Claudio’s ears.”

“In the Amazon region, hired killers do exist,” said Jose Battista, a lawyer for the local branch of the Pastoral Land Commission, a group linked to Brazil’s Catholic Church that defends poor rural workers.

Last year, the Commission printed a list of 125 people it said had contracts on their heads. Thirty of them were in the state of Para, and the Silvas were among them.

“Since the start of the year, we already have 20 names” to add to the list of those under threat of murder, Battista said.

To date, the police have made no progress in these cases.  The Godfather knows.

We are entering into a challenging possible dangerous time as we push the mega corparations and ultra wealthy to the task of helping Mother Nature.

“Thanks for all your heart and service to save our earth”-Mother Nature

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“Apes’ voice change signals good food”


Bonobos ‘chat’ about good foods
By Ella Davies
Earth News reporter

Bonobo

Bark and peep for a kiwi

Bonobos communicate where to find their favourite food using barks and peeps, scientists have found.

In the first study of its kind, researchers in the UK found the apes gave each other specific details about food quality.

The combination of five distinct calls into sequences allowed others to concentrate their foraging around areas known to contain preferred kiwi fruits.

Scientists say the evidence suggests an extensive intelligence in the species.

Bonobos grunt when they encounter food, in a similar way to their close cousins chimpanzees, as a way of communicating their find to the group.

In these situations however, bonobos are also known to give four more distinct calls.

Scientists from the University of St Andrews, Scotland wanted to test whether bonobo vocalisations were a reliable indicator of food quality.

“We always suspected that bonobos may be able to understand something from listening to each others vocalisations, but so far, nobody had done an experiment to test it,” said primate expert Dr Zanna Clay.

They recorded the calls made by the apes at Twycross Zoo, UK when they encountered kiwi fruits and apples in their enclosure.

Researchers found that when the bonobos discovered their preferred food, kiwis, they emitted higher pitched long barks and short “peeps”.

When the bonobos found less-preferred apples they made lower pitch “peep-yelps” and yelps.

The primates made these calls in sequences which the researchers recorded and played back to others.

Scientists observed that the successive foragers were then able to direct their search to specific locations after listening to the calls.

When the calls were less acoustically distinct, the foraging activity was more confused, the researchers report in the journal PLoS One.

However, the foraging bonobos were observed making much more effort at sites communicated with high-preference calls in order to find their favourite kiwis.

Scientists point to this behaviour as evidence that the call sequences convey meaning about the quality of food in a specific location.

“These animals are highly intelligent and this kind of study highlights their ability to extract meaning from listening to each other’s vocalisations,” said Dr Clay.

Dr Clay explained that although bonobos’ communication is not comparable to that of humans, their listening skills are remarkable.

Banya, a bonobo involved in the study (c) Zanna Clay

Banya was one of the bonobos involved in the study

“Although we found that the bonobos produce sequences of calls, the way they produce them is unlike syntax in language, or how we structure words and sentences together in strings,” she said.

“However, the way that the listening bonobos interpreted these sequences as meaningful shows some similarities with how we listen to language and understand it.”

Together with chimpanzees, bonobos are man’s closest living relatives and both have large brains in comparison to their body size.

Unlike chimpanzees however, male bonobos do not engage in aggressive raids on neighbouring territories.

The species are also known as the “emotional” apes for their use of peaceful communication, particularly sexual contact, to diffuse community disputes.

Thanks to BBC for this article.

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“Brazil enviro What’s the beef ?”


Brazil issues $1.2 bln in fines on beef companies
Brazilian authorities announced Thursday they are seeking $1.2 billion in fines against 14 companies accused of buying beef from farms exploiting illegally deforested areas or slave labor in the Amazon.

Federal prosecutor Anselmo Henrique Cordeiro Lopes told AFP that he gathered evidence for more than a year and tried unsuccessfully to get companies to sign a deal banning the practices.

Among the accused was JBS Friboi, the world’s largest beef exporter, which told AFP that the complaint was “a surprise” because it was in advanced stages of negotiations with prosecutors on an agreement.

The farms are located in the Amazon state of Acre. Brazil is one of the world’s largest beef producers, but it is estimated that that livestock has caused 80 percent of deforestation in the Amazon in recent years.

The complaint also named Brazil’s Institute for the Environment, which was accused of failing to supervise the companies.

Prosecutors are seeking $625 million in fines and the same amount in compensation for environmental damage, according to Cordeiro Lopes.

JBS Friboi and three other large meat producers had signed a pledge in 2009 banning the purchase of cattle from certain deforested areas in Amazonian states.

It’s not the first time prosecutors have cracked down in illegal farming practices.

In 2010, Brazil fined Lima Araujo Agropecuaria $2.9 million for keeping 180 of its workers in slavery on two of its properties.

Among the 180 enslaved workers freed from the two ranches in the northern state of Para were nine adolescents and a child of 14 years, officials had said.

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“Finally world food shortage- time to grow local”


They tried to stamp out locally grown grown veggies and fruits for two decades. Now the about face time is here. Due to rising prices of gas, transportation and global warming’s effect of crops going and growing local is necessary.

The Worldwatch Institute’s recently released report, State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet, shows that diversifying food production by including local and indigenous vegetables can boost communities self-sufficiency and protect vulnerable populations from price shocks.  GO LOCAL!!

“The solutions to the price crisis won’t necessarily come from producing more food, but from listening to farmers, investing in indigenous vegetables, and changing how foods are processed and marketed,” said Danielle Nierenberg, co-director of Worldwatch’s Nourishing the Planet project.

Over a 15-month period, researchers with Nourishing the Planet traveled to 25 countries in sub-Saharan Africa highlighting stories of hope and success in agriculture.

The project’s on-the-ground research unearthed hundreds of environmentally sustainable solutions for reducing hunger and poverty. “The project aims to create a roadmap for the funding and donor community to ensure that agricultural funding is directed to projects that really work,” said Brian Halweil, Nourishing the Planet co-director.

Mainstream generally GMO agricultural tends to focus on a handful of staple crops,

such as rice, wheat, and maize as mono crops, and uses expensive, high-tech inputs,

creating an unsustainable and vulnerable food system.

 

Last year’s drought in Russia that damaged a third of the country’s wheat harvest, together with widespread flooding in Pakistan and Australia, caused price shocks around the world.

Skyrocketing food prices are especially destabilizing in poor, import-dependent countries such as those in Africa, where households spend up to 80 percent of their income on food. In Egypt, the world’s leading wheat importer, a 70 percent rise in wheat prices helped trigger the recent wave of protests that swept the country. Subsequent unrest across the region is raising fears about global instability.

Investing in agricultural development, especially indigenous vegetable crops, could help feed economically challenged communities worldwide, boosting their resilience to price shocks while helping farmers protect biodiversity and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

“There is no other single sector of the global economy that is so central to meeting the needs of the nearly 7 billion people on the planet, while also protecting the health of the environment,” said Worldwatch President Christopher Flavin.

Food security is not only about the quantity of food we eat, but also about the quality and diversity of food sources. In contrast to the staple grains that receive disproportionate attention from development aid, vegetables can offer a sustainable solution for a diverse and balanced diet.

Growing vegetables can help address the “hidden hunger” of micronutrient deficiencies that affects some 1 billion people worldwide, and also brings multiple benefits for farmers.”Vegetables have shorter cycles, are faster-growing than cereal crops, and require little space,” says Abdou Tenkouano, director of AVRDC-The World Vegetable Center’s Regional Center for Africa and State of the World 2011 contributing author.

The small-scale “revolution of greens” that is currently underway in Africa deserves greater attention from the global funding and donor communities. Researchers, nongovernmental organizations, and farmers across the continent are rediscovering traditional diets, improving the availability of nutritious indigenous vegetables (such as moringa and lablab), and reigniting interest in traditional vegetable dishes.

Nourishing the Planet’s on-the-ground research offers three major policy recommendations to boost worldwide interest in and availability of indigenous vegetable varieties:

Listen to farmers. Organizations like AVRDC and the International Development Research Centre hold periodic workshops and field days, bringing together farmers, consumers, businesses, and communities to identify varieties of onion, tomato, eggplant, and okra that grow the best, taste the best, and perform best at local markets. This helps researchers develop more nutritious and locally adapted varieties that enhance and complement specific food preparations.

Get seeds to farmers. The seeds of preferred vegetable varieties are being made more widely available in Africa and elsewhere. Better seeds mean more vitamins in the food, better-tasting food, and ultimately less hunger and malnutrition. After scientists at AVRDC developed two higher-yielding tomato varieties with thicker skins-making them less vulnerable to pests and damage-farmers growing these varieties raised their incomes by 40 percent.

Take advantage of what’s local. As the impacts of climate change become more evident, indigenous vegetables that have been neglected for decades are regaining attention because of their tolerance to drought and resistance to pests. Researchers have developed improved varieties of amaranth, African eggplant, African nightshade, and cowpea that are now widely available in many parts of Africa.

In Uganda, Project DISC (Developing Innovations in School Cultivation), supported by Slow Food International, is reigniting an interest in these foods by teaching students how to grow and cook indigenous vegetables.

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“Nature’s Crusaders 2 Thumbs up Award goes to Care2 and you”


Thanks Care2 and thanks to all Nature’s Crusaders readers who are passionate about helping Mother Nature’s people, wildlife and environment.

These huge victories show that you’ve made a difference.

Guam Signs a Bill Banning Shark Finning
Guam became the third country to ban shark finning, a process that cruelly removes the fins off sharks to make

One fin catch shark slaughter

shark fin soup. Nearly 15,000 signatures went out to the Governor of Guam and he listened. Great work and we hope others will follow in Guam’s footsteps to ban shark finning. Read more.

Costco Has Become a Leader in the Sustainable Seafood Industry

Costco has become a leader in the sustainable seafood industry by stopping the sales of 12 “red-listed” seafood species. Greenpeace and over 30,000 Care2 members convinced Costco that fishing “red-listed” seafood is not only damaging to the environment, but often these fish are harmful to humans. Thanks Costco! Read more.

Canada Won’t Air Fox News Style Broadcasting
After the public discovered that the Conservative Harper government was attempting to change the rules that prevented media outlets from broadcasting false or misleading news, their reaction was swift and decisive. Activists got together to let the Canadian government know they won’t allow false news to be broadcast. All attempts to change the rules were abandoned and Canada will continue to have honest news broadcasting. Read more.

Thank you for your efforts and for being a part of Nature’s Crusaders and the Care2 community. You’ve made a real difference in the lives of people and animals.

You can share your own success stories with us by emailing care2 and Nature’s Crusaders

 

Nature’s Crusaders 2 thumbs up Award goes to Care2 this month for all its efforts and dedicated consistent hard work to help our planet be healthier, happier and safer for all.

“Who will protect these pups?”


There’s not a lot of love for wolves or wildlife on Capitol Hill today.

In fact, some in Congress are trying to use a must-pass spending bill to eliminate lifesaving protections for gray wolves across the U.S., opening the door to widespread trapping and poisoning of wolves in the Northern Rockies and Greater Yellowstone. These pups can not survive without their mom.

Worse, they are proposing deep funding cuts that could be disastrous for wildlife protection in the U.S.

Don’t let them get away with it. Urge your U.S. representative to oppose attempts to attach anti-wolf, anti-wildlife legislation to a bill intended to keep the government running.

The spending bill, called a continuing resolution, is designed to ensure that military and government workers continued to get paid, that social security recipients receive their checks and that the government continues to function.

Unfortunately, some in Congress are using this legislation as a vehicle to attack protections for wolves and enact some of the deepest cuts in recent memory for the agencies that protect our wildlife and environment – a move that would have dire consequences across the country for your wildlife and for the quality of your environment .

Some of the crucial programs that will be slashed include those that protect imperiled species, acquire key habitat around the country, including for our national wildlife, refuges, parks, forests and other public lands, help state protect wildlife before they decline to the point where they are endangered, and assist wildlife in surviving climate change.

It’s a sneaky, backdoor assault on protections for wildlife, and I need your help to stop it, Mary.

It’s up to caring wildlife supporters like you to stop this assault on the precious natural treasures we all love. Please take action now.

The U.S. House of Representatives will consider the continuing resolution this week, and we need to make a strong showing against this assault on our wolves, wildlife and environment.

Help us send 65,000 messages to Capitol Hill by Wednesday. Please take action, forward this email and share our message on Facebook.

We can protect our wolves, wildlife and environment, but only if we work together. Will you take just a few moments to help today?

For the Wild Ones,

Rodger Schlickeisen

“GMOing the world -rice next to be altered”


German chemical giants Bayer, BASF team up on GM rice (which is genetically poor to begin with) are teaming up to produce genetically modified (GMO) rice seeds, technology than can boost yields (not quality).

GMO rice to you

The aim is to develop and sell hybrid rice seeds with traits enabling yield advances of 10 percent or more over conventional hybrid seeds. The first products are expected to be launched by 2020.
Rice is the world’s largest food crop, with half of the world’s 6.8-billion population consuming at least one meal of it every day.
According the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), an additional 8-10 million tons of rice needs to be produced each year to feed people and keep prices for the cereal at an affordable level, BASF and Bayer said.
Today, global rice production is about 685 million tons.
For many, GMO crops, by which scientists create new strains of plants that do not occur naturally by manipulating genes, are the answer to feeding the world’s rapidly growing population.
But opponents say that these genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can spread and interbreed with other plants, altering Mother Nature.

It is known that these plants are avoided by wildlife which

should tell you what you should do with GMO plants as well.

They also say that their use will increase the control of private companies over agriculture, with 10 corporations already controlling nearly 70 percent of the world seed market, according to pressure group Greenpeace.

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