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Let's #OpentheBarns to Transparency 28.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As Big Ag continues its efforts to conceal the truth about how animals suffer on factory farms, the ASPCA and advocates continue our counterattack to protect the public's right to know what goes on there. "Ag-gag" bills -- conceived and pushed by the agricultural industry to criminalize undercover investigations on factory farms -- have been introduced in 26 states and have passed in seven. These measures are intended to silence factory farm whistleblowers -- removing protection from vulnerable animals who need it, and giving it to powerful corporations who hide behind it. This week, we launched #OpenTheBarns , a rallying cry of advocates representing interests as diverse as animal welfare, food safety, workers' rights, environmental protection, and civil liberties. On Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media avenues, groups like Food and Water Watch, the Government Accountability Project, the Socially Responsible Agriculture Project, and the National Consumers League are sharing their reasons ...
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Obama’s Antibiotic Plan Fails to Address Overuse on Factory Farms 28.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Sorry, Monsanto: The Science Is on Our Side, Not Yours 27.3.2015 Truthout.com
A few weeks ago, I spoke by phone with Cathleen Enright, executive vice president of the Biotech Industry Organization (BIO). (Long story ). During the course of our conversation, when we touched on the subject of the science behind the debate over whether or not GMOs are "safe" (me arguing that there's no scientific consensus ) Enright said, "Then you must not believe in climate change, either."  I glossed over that accusation, though it struck me as odd. And random. Until less than a week later, on March 9 (2015), an article appeared in the Guardian under this headline: "The anti-GM lobby appears to be taking a page out of the Climategate playbook." That's when I realized what I should have known. Enright's comment wasn't random at all. It's just a new twist on an old talking point—from an industry on the verge of crumbling under the weight of an avalanche of new credible, scientific evidence exposing not only the dangers of GMO crops and the toxic chemicals used to grow them, but the extent to which ...
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The Gates Foundation vs. the World Social Forum: A Tale of Two Meetings 27.3.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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'Monsanto's Dream': Pro-GMO DARK Act Comes to Congress 26.3.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Monsanto Wants to Keep You in The DARK 26.3.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Monsanto Want to Keep You in The DARK 26.3.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Secretive and Seedy: How Aid Donors Are Opening the Agribusiness Flood Gates 25.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
When big agribusiness teams up with international aid organizations to corner the market on seeds, everyone loses.  A secretive conference, co-organised by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), one of the world's largest donors, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) takes place in London today, 23 March 2015. The meeting bears the ludicrously long sobriquet 'Multiple Pathways for Promoting the Commercial and Sustainable Production and Delivery of Early Generation Seed of Food Crops in Sub-Saharan Africa.' To give it a more succinct description, this is a meeting where corporations will discuss how to increase their control of the global seed sector.  The list of invited participants reads like a roll call for some of the most renowned actors in the agribusiness world. Syngenta (the world's third biggest seed and biotechnology company), and its 'greenwashing' relative, the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, will make an appearance, as well as the Alliance ...
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Six Ways Forward to Reform Our Democracy for a Better Food System 25.3.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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EPA Agrees to Regulate Novel Nanotechnology Pesticides After Legal Challenge 24.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Billion Dollar U.S.-Backed New Alliance Threatens Evictions in Tanzania 24.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Photo: ActionAid Up to 1,300 people in the Tanzanian District of Bagamoyo are facing eviction for a sugarcane plantation, as part of a billion dollar U.S.-funded initiative called the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. The $8 billion initiative, announced by President Obama at the Camp David G8 summit in 2012, promised to inject much-needed money into rural communities in Africa. Yet, the nearly $2 billion of U.S. taxpayers' money committed by the Administration to the New Alliance is being used to fund large agribusiness projects, some of which force poor farmers off their land. One of the first of these projects to break ground is by a Swedish-owned company, EcoEnergy, which is fronted by an investor nicknamed " Ethanol Jesus " by his country's tabloids. The company is already facing a police investigation in Sweden, following news that its head bought the rights to the project in Tanzania from his former company SEKAB for the sum of 400 Swedish Crowns (approximately $50), despite three ...
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Government Under Fire After Killing Tens Of Thousands Of Starlings In Nevada 24.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Land owners surprised to discover tens of thousands of dead birds across the high desert are criticizing the federal government over a mass killing of starlings in northern Nevada. A U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman said a pesticide was used to destroy the birds to prevent the spread of disease to dairy cows. Some area residents, however, say the government should have done more to alert the public and to dispose of the dead birds. European starlings, introduced to the U.S. in 1890, are considered an invasive species and have been the target of similar eradication efforts in Nevada and elsewhere for decades. About 2 million starlings were destroyed in 2013, nearly 50,000 in Nevada, to assist farmers, according to Agriculture Department records. Authorities have used DRC-1339 in recent weeks to kill flocks of birds at the request of farmers in Fallon and Fernley east of Reno, and Yerington, about 90 miles southeast of Reno, Agriculture spokesman Travis Kocurek said. Starlings ...
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Gates Foundation's Seed Agenda in Africa 'Another Form of Colonialism,' Warns Protesters 23.3.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Glyphosate, Favored Chemical of Monsanto & Dow, Declared 'Probable' Source of Cancer for Humans 23.3.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Secretive and Seedy: How Aid Donors are Opening the Agribusiness Flood Gates 23.3.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Billion Dollar US-funded 'New Alliance' Forcing Communities Off their Land in Tanzania 22.3.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Beware of the Corporate GMO Spin Doctors 20.3.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Scalding Live Chickens Is Business as Usual on Factory Farms 19.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Media is extremely important in spreading all sorts of news to a broad, and often unknowing public. Recently, an investigative essay by Michael Moss in the New York Times told the story of the ways in which nonhuman animals (animals) called "food animals" are brutalized at a Nebraska research facility, all in the name of profit (please see " 'Food Animals'" Brutalized at Federally Funded 'Meat Lab' in the Name of Money "). What I found interesting about Mr. Moss's essay is that it generated bipartisan support in the U. S. Congress to stop the torture of these "research animals. " As a researcher I was astounded that it took an essay in the New York Times, not scientific essays about animal sentience nor popular reports about these essays, to motivate politicians to get involved in protecting these animals. We don't need more science, we need more action that can easily and solidly be based on what we already know about how these animals deeply suffer. Another essay in the New York Times by Nicholas ...
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Court Disapproves 'Neonic' Pesticides on Wildlife Refuges 18.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered Wildlife From New, Toxic Pesticide 16.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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