Support Monsanto’s Efforts? Don’t Be So Myopic.

Help Stop Crop Contamination

On March 29, 2011, Sow True Seed joined 60 family farmers, seed businesses and organic agricultrual organizations in a lawsuit led by the nonprofit Public Patent Foundation, challenging chemical giant Monsanto’s right to sue farmers for patent infringement, because they say it is Monsanto that is perpetrating the injury by infecting organic farms with genetically modified seed.  Mounting research shows that once released into the environment, the engineered seed (a genetically modified organism, or GMO), contaminates and corrupts natually reproducing seed for the same crop.

For example, soon after Monsanto introduced genetically modified seed for canola, farmers reported that organic canola became virtually extinct as a result of cross-contamination.  Organic corn, soybeans, cotton, sugar beets and alfalfa now face the same fate as Monsanto continues to develop genetically modified seed for many other crops.

“In the last decade [for example], it’s become nearly impossible to ensure that corn seed is free from contamination,” say Peter Waskiewicz, co-founder of Sow True Seed (SowTrueSeed.com).

“Morally, it has become necessary to stand up and fight for keeping open-pollinated seed safe and available,” says fellow co-founder, Carol Koury.

Waskiewicz adds, “We recognize the basic right of all of the Earth’s people to enjoy a safe, ethical and sovereign food production and distribution system.

For more information, visit PubPat.org/osgatavmonsantofiled.htm.  Petition for GMO labeling at OrganicConsumers.org/Monsanto/index.cfm.  Ask the Department of Justice to step in at Action.FoodDemocracyNow.org/sign/break_up_monsanto.  Join local groups that advocate for healthy, organic, locally grown and produced products.

*I do not take any credit for this article; it was copied from the June 2011 issue of Natural Awakenings.

Launching a fund? You probably need a hand.

The process of morphing an investment strategy into a hedge fund has increasingly become an arduous and expensive process.  Hiring external consultants that specialize in establishing funds was once a luxury; now it is imperative.  The idea of a prospective fund manager erecting their fund themselves equates to one with no construction experience physically building a house.  Not only are there profound structural issues to consider, but many nuances of the fund’s infrastructure act as imperative marketing pieces to attract new investments after launch.

Hedge fund consultants provide not only their own prowess in the industry, but also the experiences, successes and failures of their past clients.  The amount of information one can obtain after engaging a reputable consultant can be exponential.  Some key areas veteran advisers cover include:

  • Spearheading the launch process — saving you time and your wallet

Many professionals that enter the hedge fund space already have a few critical elements arranged – an investment strategy they have experience with; friends, family, business colleagues or other early stage investors and potential partners to assist in the management of the fund.  Without the helpful guidance of veteran industry consultants, prospective managers are left with the daunting task of performing due diligence on service providers, negotiating several proposals and satisfying their licensing and registration requirements in a timely and cost efficient fashion.  A profitable endeavor quickly turns into a costly and time consuming process as managers try to traverse these uncharted waters themselves.  Budgets are liquidated within days and the result is funding spent on deliverables that get the fund manager no closer to launch.

  • Providing reputation and transparency — third-party, independent service providers

A hedge fund’s service providers – legal counsel, administrator, auditor and prime broker – are arguably the first aspects a potential investor reviews when performing due diligence on a prospective fund. When a fund manager markets their fund outside their familiar network of friends, family and business colleagues, hiring reputable and transparent service providers is an absolute necessity.  The providers not only speak volumes on the integrity of the fund but also of the general partners managing the vehicle.  The result is that the investor feels protected from fraud and is assured that their hard earned monies is being placed in a vehicle with a solid and solvent foundation.

Seasoned advisers have their rolodexes filled with credible providers since their own reputation is placed on the line with each fund they assist in establishing.  If providers end up not playing ball, respected consultants can call foul and have issues resolved immediately.  A fund manager launching a single fund on the other hand has little leverage, if any, unless their prospective fund as a weighty AuM.  Additionally, consultants oftentimes negotiate proposals down to fit within the fund manager’s budget without sacrificing the quality of promised services.

  • Marketability and value – direct experience in the industry

Advisers have the valuable ability to have a pulse on their respective industry, especially if they are leaders and perform a high quantity of work with quality clients.  When consultants possess these traits, it is invaluable as they become pragmatic soundboards.  An adviser’s natural state of work is to lead their client to their goals, both immediate and long-term.  As such, guidance is given with their client’s best interests in mind since business relationships can reap rewards long after the fund is live.  Unlike attorneys that bill on an hourly basis, esteemed consultants lend a hand on matters hoping to continually become an integral part of the client’s endeavors.

Although the fund’s success ultimately lies in the hands of the fund manager, consultants tend to do everything in their power to lead clients in the most beneficial direction given their unique circumstances.  This includes constructing the fund with a focus on marketability and profitability – the longer the fund grows, the fund launch is deemed a success and the success of the fund manager is a direct benefit to his external consultancy team.

  • Continual consultation – partners for the life of the fund

The due diligence process to obtain a qualified, independent adviser to assist with the fund launch can be a challenging endeavor on its own.  Many of the guidelines in obtaining a practiced consultant include their competency in providing clear, detailed and pragmatic answers during the interview process.  The last thing you want is to hire an advisory team that will constantly “over promise and under deliver” and bring up issues acting as reasoning behind their lack of delivery.  Remember – it is most advantageous to find a team that can not only assist with the initial establishment of your fund, but to be a resource for the life of the fund and ultimately for the time frame you are in the industry.

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HedgeCo’s Hedge Fund Consulting Group was created to assist emerging managers bring their fund to fruition.  By providing extensive consultation and expertise to each step of the process, HedgeCo has swiftly become the undeniable leader in launching hedge funds, private equity funds and myriad of other pooled investment vehicles.

Our team has worked intimately with fund managers to establish more than 550 investment vehicles over the years; our launch processes are efficient, dependable and tailored to your specific needs.

Contact HedgeCo’s headquarters at 1-561-835-8690 or email me at trevor@hedgeco.net for a free consultation.

HedgeCo’s Spring Networking Event

March 22nd – New York, New York

The end of a cold winter is upon us, and it’s time to celebrate the winter thaw! The HedgeCo Spring Networking Event is a chance for investors, hedge fund managers, and other industry professionals to come together and enjoy a night of sharing ideas and meeting new contacts. Recognized as having the largest attendance for any type of event in the hedge fund industry, the HedgeCo Networking Events have quickly become the top destination for generating new business and meeting new industry contacts. Come celebrate the end of winter, contribute to Hedge Funds Care, eat, drink and network with other members of the alternative investments community.

Join us at the ultra-modern Aspen Social Club. It’s a party that shouldn’t be missed!

RSVP: http://hedgecospring2011.eventbrite.com/

Japan’s Catastrophes Continue

Here are excerpts from some of the leading media outlets concerning Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station:

“Japanese stock futures prices plunged 16 percent on Tuesday as the country’s prime minister said radiation levels at a stricken nuclear plant had become high, deepening concerns about the disaster and its likely economic toll.”  Reuters

“Japan faced the likelihood of a catastrophic nuclear accident Tuesday morning, as an explosion at the most crippled of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station damaged its crucial steel containment structure, emergency workers were withdrawn from the plant, and a fire at a fourth reactor spewed large amounts of radioactive material into the air, according to official statements and industry executives informed about the developments.” NYT

“Reuters quotes French Embassy saying ‘Low level nuclear wind could reach Tokyo in 10 hours.” BBC

“In a nationally televised statement, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said radiation has spread from four reactors of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Fukushima province, one of the hardest-hit in Friday’As 9.0-magnitude earthquake and the ensuing tsunami that has killed more than 10,000 people.

‘The level seems very high, and there is still a very high risk of more radiation coming out,’ Kan said. ‘We are making utmost efforts to prevent further explosions and radiation leaks.’” AP

Note: Excerpts come from the courtesy of “jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com

Negative Health Effects of Cell Phone and Wi-Fi Use

The article below will give you pause before using your cell phone and wi-fi router.  In February’s 2010 issue of GQ, Christopher Ketcham reveals why you should change your cell phone habits, abandon your wi-fi internet and relocate if you live in close proximity to a cell phone tower.

There are think-tanks that discredit these suggestions with such fervor that the general public stops investigating.  However upon close examination, many of these so-called “independent” think-tanks are either funded or managed by C-level executives in the telecommunication industry.

So, do cell phones and wi-fi routers cause brain cancer?  The short answer is that nobody really knows.  With cell phones in widespread use for the past decade, and brain tumors taking ten, twenty-five or fifty years to develop, only time will give researchers enough insight to confidently state “yay” or “nay”.  Until then, you should keep your cell phone and router at arm’s length – literally.

Please take part in the poll below after reading.

Article link:  WARNING – Your Cell Phone May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Note:  I have received full permission from Conde Nast Publications, GQ’s publisher, to post this article.

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