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Togo, West Africa Bans Glyphosate

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    Togo, a country in West Africa has decided to ban the use of toxic chemical pesticide, glyphosate because of growing health and environmental concerns.

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    Togo joins 20 other countries who have decided to ban this pesticide, do you think your country will ever do the same?

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Recently, a country in West Africa, Togo has prohibited the ‘import, market or use of glyphosate and any other product containing it.’ This decision was finalized in December of last year by the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Production and Fisheries, Noel Kouerta Bataka.

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If you are unfamiliar with glyphosate, it is a chemical pesticide made by none other than agricultural giant, Monsanto, Bayer. Glyphosate can be found in RoundUp and used on crops that have been genetically engineered specifically to resist its toxicity, allowing farmers to kill the weeds and pests without killing their crops. The problem is, it is extremely toxic not only for the consumer of products containing it, but for the land and soil as well where it is grown.

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There have been numerous studies, many of which CE has reported on that link it to cancer, liver disease, autism, birth defects, brain damage and more.

“It is commonly believed that Roundup is among the safest pesticides… Despite its reputation, Roundup was by far the most toxic among the herbicides and insecticides tested. This inconsistency between scientific fact and industrial claim may be attributed to huge economic interests, which have been found to falsify health risk assessments and delay health policy decisions.” – R. Mesnage (et al., Biomed Research International, Volume 2014 (2014), article ID 179691)

After 2 years of political discussions in Togo, regarding the worlds most popular herbicide, many are celebrating the decision that was finally made to have it outright banned. Bataka has allowed a 12-month moratorium for all of the current glyphosate supplies to be either used or destroyed.

Ban Of Glyphosate Around The World

As awareness grows regarding the health concerns of glyphosate, so does government level support worldwide. Not only has Key West, Los Angeles, Miami and The University of California banned or restricted the use of this toxic chemical so, have 20 countries around the world. These countries are,

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  • In Africa — Malawi and Togo.
  • In Asia — Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar.
  • In Central America — Bermuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Costa Rica
  • In Europe — Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, The Netherlands

So we still have yet to see bans in Canada, United States, Mexico and many other countries, but hopefully stories such as these will keep the awareness and momentum going and help others to see that this toxic chemical pesticide should not be anywhere near the food we are eating or on our precious Mother Earth.

It’s a big problem, and it’s now entered into our food supply.

How To Avoid Glyphosate

One might believe that they simply have to avoid genetically engineered foods to avoid glyphosate, and while that is a good start, unfortunately it’s not that black and white. There are many non-GMO foods that are still sprayed with this chemical and thus have high concentrations of it.

In reality your best bet would be to grow all of your own fruits, vegetables and even nuts, but unfortunately in this day and age this is not very plausible for everyone.

The foods that are highest in glyphosate are: soy, wheat, almonds, peas, beetroot (including beet sugar), carrots, sweet potatoes, quinoa, peas, tea, meat and dairy, corn and oats. However, many other unsuspecting foods have also have tested positive for high levels of glyphosate including many fruits and berries such as: apples, apricots, cherries, grapefruit, grapes (wine as well), lemons, olives, peaches, pears and more.

To avoid glyphosate altogether sticking to an all-organic diet is necessary. If this is an obstacle for you, consider locally grown produce where you can talk directly with the farmers about their growing practices. Many farmers grow organically , but cannot afford to obtain the organic certification. You can also wash your produce in baking soda and vinegar click HERE for instructions.

Final Thoughts

While it may seem hopeless at times to even try to avoid environmental toxins like glyphosate, we have to remember that the more we do, and the more we put our money where are mouths are and vote with our dollars, the less these chemicals will be used. We have already seen many big brands step away from using GMO ingredients because of consumer demand, so it may not be as far off as you think.

As countries like Togo step forward and do what is right for their citizens and the planet, awareness will continue to grow and it will assist others in seeing the truth about these chemicals and inspire others to make a change as well. We have more power than we realize and anything can change, with enough awareness.

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UFO Crash Recoveries: A Classified Corporate Gold Rush

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    UFOs are being disclosed within the mainstream, have governments around the world "captured" any of this type of technology? Are there people who stand to profit off of it instead of using it to benefit humanity?

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    What are the implications of the idea that we are being visited and have been visited for a very long time?

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The picture you see above comes from a series of photographs that have been confirmed authentic by the Pentagon.

Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), now known as Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAPs) within the mainstream, is arguably one of the most popular subjects on the minds of people all over the globe. “Mainstream” coverage of the phenomenon lending a large amount of legitimacy to the topic over the past few years via outlets like the New York Times and CNN, for example is now commonplace. U.S. intelligence agencies are also expected to release even more information about what they know about the phenomenon within the next couple of months, but based on my experience, humanity may never get close to the entire sphere of what governments and black budget programs have uncovered about the phenomenon over the past several decades that they’ve been studying it.

I do not believe this topic is for governments to disclose, but rather the citizenry to investigate for themselves. If we continue to rely on governments as well as mainstream media for truth, we most likely will always be deceived in some way shape or form. Perhaps I’m wrong.

It is quite concerning that a controversial topic like UFOs, which were for years considered to be a “conspiracy theory” despite the fact that there was more evidence for the phenomenon than much of what we accept as fact today, have to be presented in a legitimate way via mainstream media outlets for the masses to accept and become aware of their reality. It’s concerning because it goes to show how much mainstream media, which has always had close ties to large corporations, governments and intelligence agencies, influences the perception of the masses. This allows, as I would call it today, this machine of psychological warfare to manipulate human consciousness in ways that best serve their interests. We’ve seen it before with a variety of topics, like geopolitical issues for example, and I am quite concerned that we will see the same thing with regards to the UFO phenomenon. I am concerned about governments and mainstream media shaping the masses perception about the phenomenon,  but so far it’s been nice to see the topic receive the legitimacy it deserves.

The UFO subject leaves no aspect of humanity untouched and opens up conversations that go into physics, biology, economics, history, technology, metaphysics, parapsychology and more. To be honest, the fact that there are objects in our atmosphere performing maneuvers that no known man made piece of machinery is capable of that may be controlled or manned by beings from other worlds is not even the tip of the iceberg.  That’s how vast, complex and fascinating this subject is. There are many questions and discussions to be had around it.

We (Collective Evolution) have been writing about this topic for more than a decade, if you’re interested in going through our article archive, you can do so here

Crash Recoveries: One topic within the subject matter is the phenomenon of supposed crash retrievals.  Apollo 13 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell once told the world that “Yes there have been crashed craft, and bodies recovered.” He is seen making these statements in this documentary. Eric W. Davis, a renowned astrophysicist who worked with the Pentagon UFO program stated that he gave a classified briefing to a Defense Department Agency, as recently as March 2020 about retrievals from “off-world vehicles not made on this Earth.” Christopher Mellon, a former Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary for Intelligence from 1997 to 2002 has confirmed that he was  present during this testimony. He himself has been quite outspoken about the phenomenon over the past few years.  Dr. David Clarke, an investigative journalist, reader and lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University who was also the curator for The National Archives UFO Project from 2008–2013, came across some interesting documents suggesting that the UK was desperate to capture UFO technology. Paul Hellyer, former Canadian defence minister claimed that the protocol when military jets were scrambled to intercept a UFO was to “shoot first and ask questions after.”

The most viewed document from the FBI archives touches upon the idea that the US Government was responsible for three UFO crashes in 1950. Each craft had three bodies inside. You can read more about that specific story here.

Then you have supposed cases like the famous Roswell incident, but there are many multiple dozens of stories like Roswell I’ve come across over the years in my research.

UFO Crash Recoveries: A Classified Corporate Gold Rush: “UFO Crash Recoveries: A Classified Corporate Gold Rush” will be one of multiple themes that renowned UFO researcher/historian Richard Dolan will be covering at an upcoming UFO conference.

I have talked about the acquisition of exotic technology by the military and the black budget world. This time I’m going to go deeper into not just the testing and the attempts to replicate this type of technology but the likely corporate players involved and revolutionary nature of the sciences and technologies involved. What has been developed over the years is a bizarre system of what I often call legal illegality and one of massive profit for certain organizations. – Dolan (source)

If you’re interested about the crash recovery topic, this is probably something you won’t want to miss. It’s called the “UFO Secrecy in a Changing World Conference”, and it takes place on May 20th. You can learn more about it here.

Final Thoughts: Russell Brand recently conducted an interview with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. One point Snowden made was that we have to be careful, because not everything that is labelled a “conspiracy theory” is actually a conspiracy theory. This has been proven to be true for not only mass surveillance, but for several other topics like false flag terrorism and perhaps most recently, UFOs. The point is, our world, and more particularly the mainstream fails to have conversations about “controversial” topics that don’t fit within the frame. That being said, it’s not easy to come to grips with the idea that our world is nothing like what’s been presented to us, but that’s something humanity must go through if we want to move forward as a collective.

We have to be very careful when it comes to things that are deemed to be a conspiracy theory, and remember that the very phrase “conspiracy theorist” was used in 1967 in a classified CIA dispatch providing instructions on how to manipulate and manage public opinion. This appears to be the manner in which the phrase made its way into the public. They coined the phrase and established it to single out and ridicule dissenters of officially established opinions. Keep in mind that a decades long campaign of “ridicule and secrecy” has been applied to the UFO issue (Ex-CIA Director Roscoe Hillenkoetter).

This is something important to think about, especially in the era of COVID.

To those who believe the phenomenon represents nothing but false deception and some sort of grand plan by the elite, I ask you, why would they ridicule a phenomenon for so long and place it into the conspiracy theory bucket if they wanted to convince people of the reality of UFOs? During the period of ridicule and secrecy a number of researchers showed that it was quite obvious something was going on. Eventually, too many people became aware of it to the point where governments have no choice but to address it because it’s so obvious. That’s where we seem to be now.

Again, the phenomenon is deep and has the potential shift human consciousness and change the way we view ourselves, the cosmos, the nature of reality and why we live the way we do on our planet. We still have a ways to go. For example, if UFO technology has the potential to change our world for the better in multiple ways, will it be used for that? Or will it be used by a small group of people to benefit financially and in other ways? It’s not technology or new discoveries that will change our world, it’s the consciousness that lies behind them, and more. Ultimately, it’s the way we treat others.

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Society of Catholic Scientists Will Hold A Conference On Non-Human Intelligence

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    The Society of Catholic Scientists (SCS) is holding an event focused on exploring extraterrestrial life and artificial intelligence. The conference is focused on the science behind these possible realities.

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    Is it becoming more and more commonplace for us to have to get used to the idea that extraterrestrials might in fact be real? How might people react to this if a more 'mainstream' disclosure took place?

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I go back to this statement a lot because I’m passionate about it: the UFO phenomenon, and its relationship with the reality of extraterrestrials, is a consciousness shifting moment for humanity that has the power to change how we live our lives. It may not be immediately obvious why that’s the case, but when you consider the change to our worldview in and amongst the technologies that come with this phenomenon, nothing would be the same.

What Happened: For the reasons above you can imagine that many are sensing how near the public discussion of the reality of ETs really is. The Society of Catholic Scientists (SCS), an organization that believes science and faith can work well together, is going to be holding a conference in Washington D.C. on the subject of non-human intelligence.

The conference is titled “Extraterrestrials, AI, and Minds Beyond the Human” and will take place from June 4-6, 2021.

The conference will feature discussion from experts on the topics of extraterrestrial life as well as artificial intelligences. The possibility of extraterrestrial life will be presented from the fields of study including – astrophysics, astrochemistry, evolutionary biology, and Catholic theology. It was unclear to me whether current evidence from credible witnesses will be presented or whether this is strictly based on a scientific hypothesis. This distinction is key as the likelihood of ET life, as limited by the study of scientific models, does not necessarily provide all the the available evidence that dramatically changes the reality based on what we currently know.

“There’ll be 13 talks. Half of the talks are going to be about extraterrestrial life, and there’s going to be talks by some big experts on that subject,” Dr. Stephen Barr, president of the Society of Catholic Scientists

The speakers will include Jonathan Lunine, director of the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science; Karin Öberg, professor of Astronomy and director of Undergraduate Studies at Harvard University; Simon Conway Morris, chair of Evolutionary Palaeobiology at the University of Cambridge; and Christopher Baglow, director of the Science and Religion Initiative of the McGrath Institute for Church Life of the University of Notre Dame.

“There’s a lot of excitement because in recent years astronomers have discovered large numbers of planets orbiting other nearby stars. They could learn a lot about these planets – how far they are from the star, how big the planet is, even things about the chemistry of the planet in some cases.” Dr. Stephen Barr

Why It Matters: It appears that various institutions, even one’s where the reality of ETs might not easily fit into their existing theology, are starting to take the ET discussion seriously enough to begin engaging with their communities about it. This is likely because mainstream discussion around the topic has become significant, and the evidence we’re learning about continues to mount. If you’re not lending serious inquiry to this subject yet, it might be a good time to start exploring. It’s no longer culturally considered ‘a conspiracy theory.’

The Takeaway: As we’ve reported on for many years, the reality of this phenomenon inches closer to mainstream public acceptance. While this doesn’t mean we will know every detail, it means we will have a much greater idea of what’s been happening in this field for many decades now. This does also mean that if we are told the totality of what is known, we’ll understand not only that non human life is almost 100% real, but that governments and intelligence agencies have known for many decades. For some, dealing with the shock of not only the existence of ET life but also that governments knowingly kept it secret may feel like a lot. To others, this will be a welcome sense of relief. Curiosity and playfulness can take us a long way in collectively gaining clarity in our world, but we have to be careful not to become too rigid in any narrative we choose to play with.

I’ve laid out a lot more thoughts related to this in my complete interview from Dr. Steven Greer’s latest film Close Encounters of The Fifth Kind. You can watch that entire raw interview here.

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‘Be Careful Because Some Things That Are Termed A Conspiracy Are True’ – Edward Snowden

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    Russell Brand recently conducted an interview with Edward Snowden. One point Snowden made was that we have to be careful, because not everything that is labelled a "conspiracy theory" is actually a conspiracy theory.

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    How much is our perception of major global issues and events influenced, controlled and manipulated?

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(Join us on Telegram here) Russell Brand recently conducted an interview with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and released the first part of it. In the interview, Snowden mentions something that’s been true for a number of decades, and that’s the fact that some things, and in my opinion many things, that are termed a conspiracy theory are in fact true. We have to be careful and really utilize our critical thinking skills. You can watch the full interview below.

The very phrase “conspiracy theorist” was used in 1967 in a classified CIA dispatch providing instructions on how to manipulate and manage public opinion. This appears to be the manner in which the phrase made its way into the public. They coined the phrase and established it to single out dissenters of officially established opinions. The document was put out as a result of the JFK assassination when many concerns were being raised, concerns that, regardless of how much consideration was warranted based on certain evidence at the time, was ridiculed.

Ridiculing something, regardless of how much evidence it holds, has been commonplace, especially today. This is a “psychological warfare” tool, and it’s quite rampant. A declassified document from the CIA archives in the form of a letter from a CIA task force addressed to the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency at the time details the close relationship that existed between the CIA and mainstream media and academia. Imagine what it’s like today. The document states that the CIA task force “now has relationships with reporters from every major wire service, newspaper, news weekly, and television network in the nation,” and that “this has helped us turn some ‘intelligence failure’ stories into ‘intelligence success’ stories, and has contributed to the accuracy of countless others.” Furthermore, it explains how the agency has “persuaded reporters to postpone, change, hold, or even scrap stories that could have adversely affected national security interests or jeopardized sources and methods.”

National security today, in my opinion, has become an umbrella term to justify measures taken, as well as the secrecy around them, implemented under the guise of good will to keep information secret and to ridicule anything that threatens certain government, corporate, and/or political agendas. This is why people like Julian Assange, I believe, are muzzled and put in prison. They are modern day heroes. Today, information is a threat, especially information exposing unethical and immoral actions taken by governments.

One of the best examples of previous conspiracies that turned out to be true may be mass surveillance, as leaked by Snowden and others before him. The most recent example would be the existence of UFOs, another great example would be false flag terrorism. There are many, and this type of psychological warfare and the desire to manipulate the consciousness of human beings, which may also be considered a “conspiracy theory”, is again, ongoing.

The Takeaway: The good news is that people are “waking up” to this type of consciousness manipulation I mention above. Just like 9/11, the COVID pandemic has truly served as a catalyst for more people to question the human experience and why we live the way we do. When it comes to the pandemic specifically, people are extremely polarized in their views, and government measures that roll out and will roll out in the future restricting people’s rights and freedoms they previously enjoyed are heavily opposed by a large portion of the population. This begs the question, why do we give these entities so much power to restrict certain rights and freedoms that we enjoy, especially when things are not as black and white as mainstream media and government makes them out to be. Shouldn’t freedom of choice always remain, while government makes recommendations instead of mandates?

As far as views that oppose what we are getting from the mainstream, the pandemic is a great example of labelling and ridiculing something as a “conspiracy theory” when many people are seeing that it’s not. Doctors and renowned scientists in the field have even been subjected to this type of treatment. At the end of the day, this type of treatment simply forces more and more people to ask, what’s really going on here? Why are experts in the field being silenced for presenting opinions, data and science that opposes what the masses are being told?

Mainstream media and governments are failing to have appropriate conversations around “controversial” issues. People who disagree with each other these days seem to be experiencing the same thing, as many of us have become extremely polarized in our viewpoints. It’s ok to believe something, and stand on one side, but what’s even more important than being “right” or “wrong” is to understand why someone feels the way they do, and why someone believes what they believe. Human beings are intelligent, we are all capable of thinking and examining information and just because somebody disagrees with you does not mean they are stupid. We really need to respect and understand each other, especially in this day and age.

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