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The Bayer-Monsanto Merger Is Bad News for the Planet 20.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Two new studies from Europe  have found that the number of farm birds in France has crashed by a third in just 15 years, with some species being almost eradicated. The collapse in the bird population  mirrors the discovery last October  that over three quarters of all flying insects in Germany have vanished in just three decades. Insects are the staple food source of birds, the pollinators of fruits, and the aerators of the soil. The chief suspect in this mass extinction is the aggressive use of neonicotinoid pesticides,  particularly imidacloprid and clothianidin, both made by German-based chemical giant Bayer . These pesticides,  along with toxic glyphosate herbicides (Roundup) , have delivered a one-two punch against Monarch butterflies, honeybees and birds. But rather than banning these toxic chemicals, on March 21st  the EU approved  the $66 billion merger of Bayer and Monsanto, the US agribusiness giant producing Roundup and the genetically modified (GMO) seeds that have reduced seed diversity ...
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Kanye West lets loose with flood of philosophical thoughts — did he mention he's writing a 'book'? 19.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary
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More organic than thou? Rebel farmers create new food label 11.4.2018 Denver Post: Local
Was your tomato grown in dirt or water? Organic shoppers might notice additional labels this summer that will give them the answer — and tell them whether their choices align with what a rebellious group of farmers and scientists deem the true spirit of the organic movement.
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More organic than thou? Rebel farmers create new food label 10.4.2018 AP Top News
THETFORD, Vt. (AP) -- Was your tomato grown in dirt or water? Organic shoppers might notice additional labels this summer that will give them the answer - and tell them whether their choices align with what a rebellious group of farmers and scientists deem the true spirit of the organic movement....
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A rough rise to the top of the rice heap 6.4.2018 LA Times: Business
It's been a rough road to the top of the rice protein market, but David Janow's Axiom Foods is poised to reach $100-million annual sales in the rapidly growing niche, which has gone from a sports-supplement additive to an ingredient in thousands of snacks, drinks and other packaged goods.
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Siddhartha Mukherjee: ‘I’m an advocate of humility… our attempts to tamper with selection have gone badly in history’ 6.4.2018 Technology – The Indian Express
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The Pentagon's Scary Plan to Militarize Ocean Life 2.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
The US military has plans to create genetically modified marine organisms that can be used as underwater spies for the military. Fantastic as this idea may seem, the Pentagon's research arm, DARPA (or Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), has actually launched a new program that aims to tap into the "natural sensing capabilities" of marine organisms, who are highly attuned to their surroundings, to track enemy traffic undersea. The project out of DARPA's  Biological Technologies Office , called the  Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors  (PALS) program hopes to use everything from bacteria to large fish to find underwater vehicles by recording the creatures' natural reactions to these vehicles and sending the data to an outside base. A  recent press release  about the program said it would "study natural and modified organisms (emphasis added) to determine which ones could best support sensor systems that detect the movement of manned and unmanned underwater vehicles." "Beyond sheer ubiquity, sensor ...
First it was Confederate monuments. Now statues offensive to Native Americans are poised to topple across the U.S. 1.4.2018 LA Times: Nation

Over the decades, this quiet coastal hamlet has earned a reputation as one of the most liberal places in the nation. Arcata was the first U.S. city to ban the sale of genetically modified foods, the first to elect a majority Green Party city council and one of the first to tacitly allow marijuana...

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Bitter Harvest: Three artists reflect on the Maharashta farmers’ march 18.3.2018 Eye – The Indian Express
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$1.5B settlement in suit over Sygenta modified corn seed 13.3.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
The plaintiffs said Syngenta's decision cut off access to the large Chinese corn market and caused price drops for several years.
Is Russia Using the GMO Debate to Troll Americans? 10.3.2018 Mother Jones
Genetically modified foods remain controversial for many reasons, but at this point, the majority of scientists view them as safe to eat. The rest of Americans aren’t so sure: According to a major poll conducted in 2015, 57 percent of the general public thought consuming them was unsafe. Iowa State Professors Shawn Dorius and Carolyn Lawrence-Dill wanted […]
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Glyphosate cancer warning in California halted 28.2.2018 LA Times: Business

A federal judge on Monday temporarily barred California environmental officials from requiring cancer warnings on food products that contain traces of the herbicide glyphosate.

The injunction by U.S. District Judge William Shubb leaves glyphosate on the state’s so-called Proposition 65 list as...

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Doctors in China lead race to treat cancer by editing genes 21.2.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
More than a third of patients with cancer of the esophagus responded to experimental treatment in China with the gene-editing technique CRISPR. Several CRISPR studies are underway there.
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Californians Could Vote to Give Themselves the Measles 13.2.2018 Mother Jones
This fall, Californians may have the opportunity to vote on a catch-all ballot initiative that would ban genetically modified organisms and get rid of school vaccination requirements. But that’s not all. The so-called California Clean Environment Initiative would also prohibit the use of 300 substances, including certain vaccine ingredients and chemicals used in water treatment—chlorine […]
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California's next governor: Who's running, who's on the fence, and who's already out 25.1.2018 LA Times: Commentary
This is who's running for governor of California in 2018, and who might be running.
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When the whole country becomes a campus safe space 25.1.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
The public’s mental bandwidth is being stressed by a torrent of information.
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These new onions won't make you cry, but they might make your taste buds sad 11.1.2018 Washington Post
These new onions won't make you cry, but they might make your taste buds sad
This Weed Killer Is Wreaking Havoc on America’s Crops 9.1.2018 Mother Jones
When farmer Darvin Bentlage surveyed his southwestern Missouri soybean fields in August, he knew something was amiss in one of them. “I’ve been looking at soybeans for about 60 years, and these didn’t look right,” he says. The plants’ leaves had shriveled upward, taking the shape of little cups: a telltale sign they’d been exposed to […]
Shhhh. The “Gene Silenced” Apple Is Coming. 2.1.2018 Mother Jones
The Arctic Golden apple, the first genetically modified apple available to consumers, is making its way to grocery store shelves. I’m an apple loyalist—I pack one as an after-lunch snack nearly every day of the week. So I jumped at the chance to sample this new version of the fruit at a fall event hosted by […]
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Is GMO opposition immoral? 2.1.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Is GMO opposition immoral?
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