Major Study: Monsanto GMO Corn Can Cause Damage to Liver and Kidneys, and Severe Hormonal Disruption

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Key study has passed through three peer reviews.

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Reid’s Note: This article is highly relevant to Belize, inter-alia, the following two facts: firstly, the ongoing development of a national agricultural policy; and secondly, the position of the Belize Grain Growers Association (BGGA) which the GoB’s current stand on Bio-Safety policy.

The Ecologist / By Oliver Tickell             July 9, 2014

 A scientific study that identified serious health impacts on rats fed on ‘Roundup ready’ GMO maize has been republished following its controversial retraction under strong commercial pressure. Now regulators must respond and review GMO and agro-chemical licenses, and licensing procedures.

A highly controversial paper by Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini and colleagues has been republished after a stringent peer review process.

The chronic toxicity study examines the health impacts on rats of eating a commercialized genetically modified (GM) maize, Monsanto’s NK603 glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup.

The original study, published in Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT) in September 2012, found severe liver and kidney damage and hormonal disturbances in rats fed the GM maize and low levels of Roundup that are below those permitted in drinking water in the EU.

However it was retracted by the editor-in-chief of the Journal in November 2013 after a sustained campaign of criticism and defamation by pro-GMO scientists.

Toxic effects were found from the GM maize tested alone, as well as from Roundup tested alone and together with the maize. Additional unexpected findings were higher rates of large tumours and mortality in most treatment groups.

Criticisms addressed in the new version

Now the study has been republished by Environmental Sciences Europe. The republished version contains extra material addressing criticisms of the original publication. Read the rest of this entry »


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When creating a brand identity, you’ll want to establish defined guidelines that cover all of the following elements such as name, colors, logo, fonts, design imagery, or a combination to identify the goods and services of one seller or group of sellers from those of other sellers.

From a customer-relationship perspective, having a strong brand is obviously advantageous. Word of mouth is a powerful form of marketing as customers attest their satisfaction and promote the product/ service.. For instance, when Belizeans think of hot sauce, they think of Marie Sharp’s Pepper Sauce. You want to have that kind of immediate, definitive relationship with your buyers as well. At the mentioning of a product customers can identify a brand that meets their stands out in the market.

To succeed in branding you must understand the needs and wants of your customers and prospects. You do this by integrating your brand strategies through your business at every point of public contact. If there’s some other branding characteristic you feel is necessary to define your business, go ahead and add it to your brand guidelines documentation.  The worst thing you could do is to avoid creating these important documents altogether.  Without them, your branding efforts will lack the consistency and direction needed for success.

When initiating the branding process, it can be tempting to add more variables than you truly need.  Clean, simple elements are more likely to be recognized and remembered by consumers, so steer clear of overcomplicating your company’s branded elements.

As mentioned above, part of good branding is establishing a set of guidelines that dictate how you control your company’s image in public — and social media shouldn’t be excluded from this process. A good social brand guidelines document will include specifications on all of the following, among others that may be relevant to your business:

  • Who is responsible for updating your social profiles
  • How frequently your social profiles will be updated
  • What types of content you’ll post about
  • How you’ll use imagery in your posts
  • What type of “voice” you’ll use when posting- does not refer to recording but the overall tone used to convey the message.

The objectives that a good brand will achieve include: delivering the right message clearly, building customer loyalty, connecting and understanding your target audience. Therefore it makes sense to understand that branding is not about getting your target market to choose you over the competition, but it is about getting your prospects to see you as the only one that provides a solution to their problem.

A strong brand is invaluable as the battle for attracting and retaining customers intensifies on a daily basis. It’s important to dedicate your marketing efforts to researching, defining, and building your brand as it resides within the hearts and minds of all stakeholders’ experiences and perceptions.

 


 

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Notice for CARIFORUM Fashion Firms

 

Invitation to participate in Dominicana Moda 2014

 

October 20-25, 2014

 

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

 

The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) will be collaborating in the organization of Dominicana Moda 2014 (DM2014) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Caribbean Export is highly committed to the development of the Fashion sector in the Region and seeks to enable opportunities such as these to engage relevant stakeholders and foster sector-wide integration. This collaborative effort will provide a great opportunity for emerging and established fashion designers in the Caribbean to expose their vision at a regional and international stage, thus positioning the Caribbean as an international go-to location for Fashion design and ingenuity.

 

In the past 9 years, Dominicana Moda has grown to be the official Fashion Week of the Dominican Republic thus the most important platform for the Fashion Industry. Throughout its history it has certainly become the fastest growing runway show in the Latin American region.

 

Dominicana Moda is a yearly event for around 6 days of continuous runway shows where the best brands and designers come together. Major fashion houses have participated in the past, and this year it will surely continue to grow. Read the rest of this entry »

Call for Proposals


Caribbean Export officially announces results of the Call for Proposals for both the Accelerated and Regular Procedures grant facilities that was published on the January 17, 2014.

Accumulated Amount Awarded EURO 143, 578.49

DAGS-EDF10-14-01-Announcement-Accelerated

Accumulated Amount Awarded EURO 2,849,708.20

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