Manitoba hog barn fire kills 1,500 pigs


Flames destroyed a pig barn at Kola, Man., on Tuesday night.pig-barn2-Brad-YochimThe Wallace District Fire Department responded to a pig barn fire Tuesday night with 30 firefighters.A hog barn burns near Kola, Man., on Tuesday night.A hog barn burns near Kola, Man., on Tuesday night.Featured Image -- 156

Global News

WINNIPEG – A fire in Kola, Man., Tuesday night destroyed a huge pig barn and killed 1,500 animals, fire RCMP say.

The Wallace District Fire Department sent 30 firefighters from three stations to the fire at about 10 p.m. to find the barn in flames. Firefighters from Maryfield, Sask., joined their peers from Virden and Elkhorn.

It took firefighters about half an hour to respond because of Tuesday night’s snowstorm, Chief Brad Yochim said in an email. The water supply was also a distance away, so firefighters weren’t able to save the building or the animals inside.

READ MORE: Storm buries southern Manitoba in up to 20 cm of snow

Kola is 300 kilometres west of Winnipeg near the Saskatchewan border.

No people were injured, but the owner of the barn said approximately 1,500 sows were destroyed, RCMP said.

The cause of the fire does not appear suspicious, police said…

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GM soy kills baby rats in just three weeks, study reveals


GM soy kills baby rats in just three weeks, study reveals

Natural News
March 11, 2015
S. D. Wells

(NaturalNews) The best food on store shelves to buy is that food which DOES have holes and nicks where the insects ate some. That proves it’s edible. Recent documentaries show entire fields of genetically modified corn that all looks plastic, with not a bug or bird in sight, not a butterfly or a gnat or a fly, but why? Did you know that a diet containing GM soy and maize fed to rats for just 90 days caused a wide range of toxic effects, including DNA damage, blood changes, and damage to the liver and kidneys? If you consume GMOs regularly, your gut is actually creating pesticide. You are consuming the genes of organisms that destroy the digestive tracts of beetles and worms.

Bug-less corn?

Currently, about 250,000,000 Americans are guinea pigs for the HUGE GMO experiment going on. America is one big laboratory, and GM food is the ominous variable with untested outcomes for humans. It’s a long-term, scary test that at least 80% of Americans undergo, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, every day. However, it’s worth noting that research revealed lab rat liver damage as early on as 30 days, and half the babies died in just three weeks! Are you eating GM corn and GM soy daily? How will YOU feel next month? How about your kids? There is research you should be aware of, and it’s from a VERY detailed study done in 2014.

Also, according to a separate published study by the same team of researchers, GM food may also have the ability to “reactivate dormant viruses, create new viruses, and cause cancer by causing over-expression of normal genes.” They describe the body ingesting fragments from the CaMV-35S “promoter” used in many GM crops. It shows up “incorporated” in the blood, liver and BRAIN TISSUES of experimental rats.

Chronic toxicity from horizontal GMO gene transfer

The biological impact and outright danger of GMO genes transferring into humans and their tissues is the subject of great concern here. The negative impact of genetically modified (GM) food HAS BEEN evaluated. Liver cells in animals show aberrations and increased ratios of DNA fragmentation. What does that mean in layman’s terms? — That if you are an animal, as rats and humans both are, then your cells are mutating too, weakening, and will soon be multiplying uncontrollably, because the mechanism that controls normal reproduction is broken or mutated. Some of your cells will experience a programmed cell death. This makes it easier for cancer cells to take over an organ or some already damaged area of the body, including the brain. This cancer you may be “experiencing” could come from biochemical alterations that create health hazards linked to the ingestion of GM components.

This new “biotech” bug-less cancer food is no kind of food at all. If it gives you disease, it cannot be considered food. Period. It is our job as humans to protect Mother Nature, without altering the genes of what we all consume. We are the only animals with the ability to modify genes in laboratories.

Startling findings reveal deaths of baby rats in 30 days

Rats given certain GM vegetables were found to have DEADLY amounts of toxicity in the kidneys, liver, testes, sperm, blood and DNA. Studies have linked GM feed to sterility and infant mortality. Enzymes resistant to the famous weed-killer “glyphosate” were found in the blood of rats. These are chromosomal aberrations. Nearly every organ observed during research showed DNA damage from a GM soy diet. Soy and corn are two of the most commonly grown GM crops because they are fillers in thousands of popular food products. As a walking lab rat that consumes GM “feed” regularly, do you experience hives, itching or scaly or dry skin regularly? Do you experience asthma and wheezing chronically, like after every big meal or when you try to jog or work out? Are you experiencing abdominal pain, a tingling sensation in the mouth and some nausea from what you thought was a nice meal at a nice restaurant? Maybe you’re making trips to the BUG-FREE food bar. Most canola, you know, is GMO.

Attention, parents: note that the above research also showed that half the babies fed GM soy died within three weeks. Sure, rats are just animals in a lab, but where are you “standing” right now? People want their bug-free, inexpensive food, but is cancer a price worth paying? So, do you still want that food that the bugs won’t eat? What about that “food” that gives lab rats cancer tumors the size of golf balls within three months? You can’t live without your kidneys, so you may want to switch to 100% organic food or, at least, avoid GMO like the plague, because it really is one.

Antibiotics Are No Longer Making Pigs Bigger


Blue Marble

Antibiotics Are No Longer Making Pigs Bigger

| Tue Mar. 10, 2015 3:17 PM EDT
 

For decades, it’s been thought that low, regular doses of antibiotics help livestock grow big—thus increasing meat producers‘ profits. So common is the practice of lacing farm animals‘ feed with the drugs that an astonishing four-fifths of all antibiotics in the United States now go to livestock.

But a new meta-analysis by two Princeton researchers shows that antibiotics aren’t as effective at promoting growth as they used to be. Studies from 1950-1985 suggested that antibiotics increased weight of young pigs by an average of about 17 older pigs by 4 percent. But similar studies since 2000 found much less dramatic results: 1 percent increase for young pigs and no measurable increase for older pigs.

No one knows why the drugs have become less effective—and in fact, there’s no consensus on how exactly antibiotics increased growth in animals to begin with. One theory is that the drugs fight low-level infections, which allows the animal to use its energy for growing instead of warding off germs. The authors of the new analysis theorize that as hygiene at livestock operations improve, the rate of infections might be decreasing, thus negating the need for antibiotics.

Another (scarier) possibility: Bugs that cause common animal infections are becoming resistant to the antibiotics. The consequences of antibiotic resistance, of course, go far beyond pigs‘ rates of growth. As my colleague Tom Philpott has reported, superbugs can jump from animals to humans. Antibiotic-resistant infections already kill 700,000 people every year worldwide. A recent UK report predicted that number will rise to 10 million by 2050.

„If the benefits of [antibiotics for animal growth] have diminished, then it becomes reasonable to be cautious and avoid the potential public health costs,“ write the new report’s authors. „Antibiotics are not needed to promote growth, but they are essential to treat infectious diseases and maintain animal health.“

This Bearded Hero is King of the Ducks


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This Bearded Hero is King of the Ducks

When Lars in Norway saw a duck trapped under the ice, he didn’t hesitate to leap into the frigid lake, shattering the ice, rescuing the duck and making a new feathered friend in the process!

As crazy as jumping into an icy lake may seem to most of us, that’s exactly what this 36-year-old ice bather (and duck rescuer) Lars Jørun Langøien did. When he spotted that the duck was trapped, he was already in swimwear, so he simply dove in to rescue it and then he gave it mouth-to-mouth resuscitation!

This poor duck was simply out for a casual walk on the frozen lake

Lars Jørun Langøien

Suddenly, the poor creature got trapped under the ice!

Lars Jørun Langøien

…and then…..Lars saw what had happened and literally jumped into the freezing water.

Lars Jørun Langøien

Lars Jørun Langøien

Lars Jørun Langøien

All hail Lars, the new King of the Ducks! What a great guy! 🙂

Lars Jørun Langøien


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