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Small number of huge companies dominate global food chain, study finds

© Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters
Syngenta is majority owned by the Chinese government through Sinochem and ChemChina.
The dominance of a small number of big companies over the global food chain is increasing, aided by the rising use of "big data" and artificial intelligence, new research has found.

Only two companies control 40% of the global commercial seed market, compared with 10 companies controlling the same proportion of the market 25 years ago, according to the ETC Group, an eco-justice organisation.

Agricultural commodity trading is similarly concentrated, with 10 commodity traders in 2020 dominating a market worth half a trillion dollars.


News crew comes under Ukrainian fire with US HIMARS in Kherson, former member of national parliament killed

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© Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times
FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian soldiers operate a drone near the Kherson front in Ukraine on Monday.
Ukraine shelled a hotel in the southern Russian-controlled city of Kherson, where an RT news crew was staying, early on Sunday morning. A former Ukrainian politician and another person were killed in the attack.

The missile destroyed the rooms where RT correspondent Murad Gazdiev and cameraman Mikhail Kondakov were sleeping. Both are unharmed.

The latter was buried under rubble but was pulled out shortly after the strike.

"It's like I've been electrocuted, I'm shaking," Kondakov said after the rescue, surrounded by debris and pointing to a hole in the wall near where his bed was. "I was sleeping here, and it's where the [missile] has struck. I don't know how I survived."

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Thousands of firms in Italy on brink of closure - media

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Italian small businesses doomed to close
Over 100,000 businesses in Italy are in danger of closing down due to soaring energy bills, the news outlet Corriere della Sera reported on Saturday, citing Carlo Sangalli, head of the Italian business association Confcommercio.
"Already today many companies are reorganizing or reducing services... Between now and the first half of 2023, at least 120,000 small businesses in the service sector are at risk... This is a cautious estimate that does not take into account the largest companies."
According to the official, the situation could lead to the loss of more than 370,000 jobs. Sangalli noted that energy prices in Italy are much higher than in other countries, which puts a strain on small and medium-sized businesses.
"In terms of energy costs, our hotels, bars, restaurants and stores will pay 40-60% more on their bills this year than in Germany, and three times that than in France."

Comment: Tough going ahead? Eurozone recession is on the way:
The Eurozone's economic downturn deepened in September, with business activity contracting for a third consecutive month, a new survey by S&P Global showed.

The report found that manufacturers across the 19-country union were hit hard by skyrocketing energy costs, with the purchasing managers index (PMI) sinking to its lowest level since 2013. The PMI, which is seen as a good gauge of overall economic health, fell from 48.9 in August to 48.2 in September.

Surging energy prices and the rising cost of living are "not only hitting demand but also limiting manufacturing production and service-sector activity in some cases," S&P Global economist Chris Williamson said in a statement seen by Bloomberg.
"A Eurozone recession is on the cards. Germany is facing the toughest conditions, with the economy deteriorating at a rate not seen outside of the pandemic since the global financial crisis."
Overall demand in the Eurozone plunged to its lowest mark since November 2020, when the continent was in the grips of the second wave of the Covid pandemic. The business expectations index also declined, slipping to 53.8 from last month's 56.6, its lowest reading since May 2020.

S&P Global expects the euro area's economy to shrink by 0.1% in the third quarter.


Fire breaks out at world's biggest produce market in Paris

Fire Breaks Out At World's Biggest Produce Market In Paris

Fire breaks out at world's biggest produce market in Paris
A billowing column of dark smoke towered over Paris Sunday, from a warehouse blaze at a massive produce market that supplies the French capital and surrounding region with much of its fresh food and bills itself as the largest of its kind in the world.

Firefighters urged people to stay away from the area, in Paris' southern suburbs, while they tackled the blaze at the warehouse in the Rungis International Market.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The sprawling wholesale market is a veritable town unto itself, with more than 12,000 people working there and warehouses filled with fruit and vegetables, seafood, meats, dairy products and flowers from across France and around the world.

Source: AP

Comment: Rather suspicious considering the following reports (as just a few examples): See also: 'Hell on earth': UN warns world is facing 'perfect storm' of food shortages


Psychopathic leftist intolerance and the death of Cayler Ellingson

Psychopathic Leftist Intolerance
One of the go-to accusations of the political left against conservatives is the notion that we are "intolerant" of others to the point of being hateful and dangerous. There is very little actual evidence to support this claim. We continue to hear about how we are racists and extremists, yet the only event leftists are ever able to cite as an example is the January 6th protests - An event which did involve rioters, violence and injuries, but also zero deaths actually caused by conservative protesters. You would think a supposed insurrection attempt would involve plenty of guns, bombs, fire and murder, but nothing close to this occurred. Amazing what little damage has been caused by such a group of "extremists."

In comparison, the progressive BLM and Antifa riots of the past couple of years have led to dozens of deaths and billions in property damage across the nation. This was not called an "insurrection," it was called a "peaceful but fiery protest." In fact, the media continues to deny the deaths and the extent of the destruction caused by BLM and still refuses to refer to the violence as "riots."


New York City ordered to reinstate all cops fired over vaccine mandates

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A Manhattan supreme court judge ruled on Friday that cops who were fired because of the city's Covid vaccine mandate had to be reinstated.

According to the New York Post, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Lyle Frank said the city's vaccine mandate was invalid "to the extent it has been used to impose a new condition of employment" for members of the Police Benevolent Association (PBA), the largest union to which NYC police belong.

PBA President Pat Lynch said, "This decision confirms what we have said from the start: the vaccine mandate was an improper infringement on our members' right to make personal medical decisions in consultation with their own health care professionals."

Comment: See also:


First nuclear reactor to be shut down in Belgium

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“We have been preparing for this for four years,” said Peter Moens, the Site Director of the Doel Nuclear Power Plant.
According to the Belgian law on nuclear phase-out, the Doel 3 nuclear reactor will stop operating on Friday after 40 years of activity.

In the 1960s, Belgium chose nuclear energy to produce a part of its electricity since it was no longer possible to meet the growing demand for energy with fossil fuels alone. Four nuclear reactors were thus built in Doel and three in Tihange.

The Doel 1 reactor started operating in early 1975, followed later that year by Doel 2. Doel 3 was launched in 1982, and Doel 4 was completed in mid-1985.

Comment: Isn't it coincidental that these nuclear shut-downs are coinciding with the current energy crisis. France has similarly said it's shutting down nuclear plants for "maintenance." A cynic might say that this has the markings of a manufactured energy crisis. Shutting down nuclear plants can't be blamed on Putin, but it will be unsurprising if this isn't brought up in the media when Europeans are freezing this winter.

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Historic septic dig casts doubt on Kamloops residential school burial site claims

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What really happened in May of 2021 when the world's media lost their minds and disseminated false headlines claiming mass graves of murdered children were uncovered in Kamloops, BC?

To get a clear picture of what is likely to be the case, we must begin with what led indigenous community members to believe clandestine burials had taken place in the apple orchard of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School (KIRS).

It is important to note that it was the so-called indigenous Knowledge Keepers at Kamloops who claimed to have known that the Kamloops apple orchard was a clandestine burial site. The reason ground penetrating radar (GPR) searches were conducted was due to the Knowledge Keepers "knowings" - which derive from indigenous oral traditions (also known as "traditional knowledge").

Comment: See also:


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Not enough on the planet


Now Walmart and Target with every other retailer are cancelling billions of dollars of orders, all disposable income items. What do they know that we don't? Natural gas is not where it needs to be, spiking prices are shutting down the planet.

Light Saber

Dilbert gets canceled as Scott Adams takes on woke ESG business ratings

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© Scott Adams
Panel published 2022-09-12
Scott Adams's syndicated comic strip Dilbert has been poking fun at the idiosyncrasies of office culture for 33 years.

But earlier this month, Adams made an announcement on his podcast Real Coffee with Scott Adams that he was going to make a hard run at taking on the new corporate ESG ratings.

Regarding ESG, Adams says,
"It should start to become known that Dilbert thinks it's ridiculous and then people who also think it's ridiculous will start retweeting it. And then the boss who's in charge of it will start to get these sent to him by email or printed out and slipped under the office door," Adams explained. "Mockery is very powerful and mockery, in theory, could dismantle this."

Comment: Scott Adams has been a mixed bag on social and political issues, like backing Trump yet falling hook, line and sinker for the Covid lunacy. He has the right of it here though. ESG is a dangerous policy to allow to take hold.