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Approval of GMO Imports Moves EU 'Closer to Monsanto' 24.4.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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How to Compost at Home 24.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The idea of composting may seem a bit intimidating, especially for those living in smaller spaces in urban environments. But the good news is that anyone can learn how to compost at home, regardless of your living situation. In a few cities, such as San Francisco and Seattle, you may already be required to separate your yard waste as part of the city waste program; composting this waste yourself is a natural next step! Why Compost? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency , food scraps and yard waste make up 20 to 30 percent of what we throw away. Composting these materials can keep them out of the landfills, which helps reduce your carbon footprint. Composting will also supply you with natural fertilizer that will enrich your garden's soil, and reduce your need to buy chemical fertilizers. You'll be surprised by how little you will need to throw out with your trash once you start the process (especially if you recycle, too!), since so much of that material can be diverted into the compost ...
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Earth Day 2015: Regenerating the Soil and Reversing Global Warming 23.4.2015 Truthout.com
"The elimination of fossil fuels for all but the most limited and essential purposes is necessary but not sufficient to allow our descendants a fair chance for a healthy and prosperous future. Enhancing carbon biosequestration in terrestrial ecosystems is also essential."  - Wayne A. White, Biosequestration and Ecological Diversity p.118 (CRC Press 2013) The standard gloom and doom discourse surrounding global warming and climate change has infected the body politic with a severe case of depression and disempowerment. So starting April 22, embracing what the United Nations has designated as the "Year of the Soil," let's look at our planetary crisis from an entirely different, and more hopeful perspective. The good news is that the global grassroots, farmers and consumers united, can reverse our suicidal "business as usual" food, farming, energy, and land use practices. Harnessing the awesome power of Regenerative Organic Agriculture and reforestation, we can literally suck down enough excess (50-100 ppm ...
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Sea Lion Pup Gets A Ride Home In A Police Cruiser 23.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Police in Northern California picked up an unusual hitchhiker early Sunday: A friendly sea lion pup that had left the water and decided to go for a walk down the Pacific Coast Highway. The sea lion pup was found at 1 a.m. on a foggy stretch of Highway 1, just south of Fort Bragg and about a quarter of a mile from the ocean, said Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies . "Due to the darkness and the dense fog the animal was very difficult to see and would have certainly been struck by a vehicle if the deputies had not stopped," the department said in a news release. The sea lion, which had been tagged, was "extremely friendly with the deputies, rubbing against their legs for attention." He even posed for a photo: Posted by Mendocino Sheriff on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 The sea lion pup was about 30 inches long and weighed about 20 pounds. Deputies contacted the Marine Mammal Center and gave the organization the information on the tag. As it turned out, the reason the sea lion was so friendly was that he had ...
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McDonald's Pledges to Eliminate Deforestation from its Entire Supply Chain 22.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In the face of declining sales, McDonald's has been making a number of moves to bolster its market share -- and its reputation. Over the last few months, the world's most profitable fast food chain announced that it will stop selling chicken raised with antibiotics, raise its U.S. employees' salaries by at least $1 an hour, and bring back "third pounders" to compete head-to-head with its premium burger rivals. But the company saved what could amount to be its most important announcement for today. It pledged to only buy food and raw materials from around the world that don't contribute to deforestation, a significant contributor to global warming. Given McDonald's reach, that's a potential game-changer. Two other top fast food chains -- Dunkin' Brands, parent of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, and Yum! Brands, owner of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell -- have made commitments to stop buying palm oil linked to deforestation. That's a big deal. Palm oil, which is used in a wide range of baked goods, ...
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Commodified and Caged, Still 21.4.2015 Truthout.com
It is a hard and unpopular truth to say that all oppressions are connected, to say that our treatment of other species and the earth herself has served as the template for our oppression of peoples. But it has. It is a harder and even more unpopular truth to say that all oppressions must be undone and undone together. The lust for the false power derived from relations of domination - directed anywhere - is at the root. Statue created by Joseph Whitehead, erected in 1906 in Battersea, London, in memory of the Brown Dog, a terrier that endured vivisection over the course of two months before dying. (Photo: National Anti-Vivisection Society ) Do you want media that's accountable to YOU, not to corporate sponsors? Help publish journalism with real integrity and independence - donate to Truthout! (This post is an updated and revised version of a post that originally appeared in the  Criminal Injustice Series  at  Critical Mass Progress ) Author's Note: This piece is an old one, whose time is always now.  It ...
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Domestic Terrorism, Youth and the Politics of Disposability 21.4.2015 Truthout.com
"The danger is that a global, universally interrelated civilization may produce barbarians from its own midst by forcing millions of people into conditions which, despite all appearances, are the conditions of savages." - Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism Following Hannah Arendt, a dark cloud of political and ethical ignorance has descended on the United States. (1) Thoughtlessness has become something that now occupies a privileged, if not celebrated, place in the political landscape and the mainstream cultural apparatuses. A new kind of infantilism now shapes daily life as adults gleefully take on the role of unthinking children and children are taught to be adults, stripped of their innocence and subject to a range of disciplinary pressures designed to cripple their ability to be imaginative. (2) To read more articles by Henry A. Giroux and other authors in the Public Intellectual Project, click here. Under such circumstances, agency devolves into a kind of anti-intellectual cretinism ...
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Coalition Challenges Expansion of Hazardous Herbicide Containing Agent Orange Ingredient 21.4.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Choose Life 20.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Five Reasons Why TTIP Is Bad News for Farmers 16.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Genetic Engineering of Food Is Not the Answer 15.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In January 2001, I went to California's Monterey coast for the Asilomar ecological conference. About 300 people met in Watsonville to take a bus tour through farms in the prosperous Pajaro Valley near Watsonville. In the bus I met an organic farmer who made a modest living near Santa Cruz from growing tomatoes on two acres of land. He said he quit working for a global food company because he disagreed with its immoral behavior. "What you hear of Monsanto," he said, "is nor practiced by Monsanto alone. Agribusiness companies are not trying to feed the world. Their game is power, monopolies, and profits." Monsanto, of course, is the American giant multinational seed, pesticide, and drug company pushing the genetic engineering of food to its limits. Some of the seeds Monsanto is selling to farmers are designed to bring traditional farming to an end. The Monsanto farmers must buy their seeds from Monsanto every growing season. This is what the organic farmer had in mind with his warning about ...
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Agribusiness Lobby Group Fears Burnout: My Top Five Unsolicited Tips for "Agvocates" 14.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The latest lamentation from one of the meat industry's main trade groups reads like something out of the Onion. In the article, factory farm enthusiasts plead that it's "downright exhausting" to constantly defend against an onslaught of gruesome exposés by animal protection organizations, retailers increasingly demanding reforms, and ad campaigns pulling the curtains back on abusive-yet-standard practices at animal factories. All of this, the lobby group reports, is leading to risk of burnout for its agvocates. Um, yes, "agvocates." I'll give them this: it's easy to imagine how repeatedly losing a cultural debate can be tiring. This group, which never met a standard abuse of farm animals it wouldn't defend, then seeks tips from readers about how to avoid such pro-ag burnout. I have some suggestions: 1. Stop defending the indefensible. Despite dozens of countries, ten US states, and more than 60 major food companies demanding the removal of animals from tiny cages--like gestation crates for mother pigs ...
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Food, Farming and Climate Change: It’s Bigger than Everything Else 13.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Retailer Lowe's and the city of Portland ban bee-killing pesticides 11.4.2015 TreeHugger
What is everyone else waiting for?
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Has Glyphosate Met Its Waterloo? 11.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Lowe’s to Stop Selling Bee-Killing Pesticides to Protect Pollinators 10.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Lowe's Commits to Decisive Action to Protect Bees and Other Pollinators 9.4.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Monsanto Employee Admits an Entire Department Exists to "Discredit" Scientists 9.4.2015 Truthout.com
Dare to publish a scientific study against Big Biotech, and Monsanto will defame and discredit you. For the first time, a Monsanto employee  admits that  there is an entire department within the corporation with the simple task of 'discrediting' and 'debunking' scientists who speak out against GMOs. The WHO  recently classified glyphosate , a chemical in Monsanto's best-selling herbicide Roundup, as carcinogenic – news that is really heating things up with biotech. So Monsanto has been demanding that the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)  retract their statements  about the poisons's toxicity to human health. The company  demands this  even though a peer-reviewed study published in March of 2015 in the respected journal, The Lancet Oncology, conducted a analysis proving that glyphosate was indeed 'probably carcinogenic.' Monsanto's vice president of global regulatory affairs Philip Miller  told Reuters  the following in interview: "We question the ...
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Deep-Pocketed Industry Plays Outsized Role in Animal Drug Studies 8.4.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Controversial Animal Drugs Backed by Corporate Science 8.4.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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