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Maui County's Ban On GMO Crops Is Invalid: Federal Judge 1.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Maui County ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops is pre-empted by federal and state law and invalid. The county's ordinance creating the prohibition exceeded the county's authority, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Susan Oki Mollway said in her order. The county, which is a major center for research on genetically engineered crops, will abide by the decision, spokesman Rod Antone said. Monsanto Co. and Dow Chemical Co. unit Agrigenetics Inc. both have research farms in the county. The judge stressed that her order addresses only the legal question of county authority. "No portion of this ruling says anything about whether GE organisms are good or bad or about whether the court thinks the substance of the ordinance would be beneficial to the county," she said. Maui voters passed the ordinance when they approved a ballot initiative last November. The measure imposes a moratorium on the growing of genetically engineered crops until ...
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Maui County's Ban On GMO Crops Is Invalid: Federal Judge 1.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Maui County ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops is pre-empted by federal and state law and invalid. The county's ordinance creating the prohibition exceeded the county's authority, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Susan Oki Mollway said in her order. The county, which is a major center for research on genetically engineered crops, will abide by the decision, spokesman Rod Antone said. Monsanto Co. and Dow Chemical Co. unit Agrigenetics Inc. both have research farms in the county. The judge stressed that her order addresses only the legal question of county authority. "No portion of this ruling says anything about whether GE organisms are good or bad or about whether the court thinks the substance of the ordinance would be beneficial to the county," she said. Maui voters passed the ordinance when they approved a ballot initiative last November. The measure imposes a moratorium on the growing of genetically engineered crops until ...
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Organic Under Attack: Report Exposes Big Food's Tobacco-Style PR Blitz 30.6.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Big Food and Chemical Corporations Spend Millions to Attack Organic 30.6.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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World Health Organization Determines That Major Herbicide, 2,4-D, May Cause Cancer 25.6.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Monsanto's Covert War on European Food Security 25.6.2015 Truthout.com
Monsanto has begun literally planting the seeds of genetically modified organisms' spread throughout Europe. (Photo: GMO Seeds via Shutterstock) Truthout combats corporate power by bringing you trustworthy, independent news. Join our mission by making a donation now! Working quietly on the back of political turmoil driven by Western special interests (including itself) Monsanto has begun literally planting the seeds of genetically modified organisms' spread throughout Europe, starting in Ukraine and working westward toward the European Union thanks to a slowly but surely softening by regulators regarding GMOs, despite their widespread unpopularity. Regarding this American biotech company and others like it, and their attempts to infest the planet with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and in particular their attempts to corrupt the whole of Europe with their unwanted poison through a backdoor (Ukraine), has prompted Russia to speak up for their Eastern European neighbor. Up until the armed coup in ...
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Should People Give Up Nutella for the Sake of Our Trees? 24.6.2015 Truthout.com
Palm oil is used in a mind-boggling range of everyday products including shampoo, toothpaste, and Nutella. In total, 50 million tons of palm oil is produced annually. As a result, tens  of millions of acres of forest have been cut down to make way for large-scale palm oil plantations, lending to deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty, and indigenous rights abuses. There are more sustainable oils out there that offer more nutrition.  But what is the likelihood of giving up an iconic product like Nutella for the sake of Mamma Earth? Food Fight: France vs. Italy Italy and France are going at it again, this time it's a food fight over Nutella, arguably the world's most popular 'chocolate' hazelnut breakfast spread. About 365,000 tons of Nutella is made each year (about the same as the weight of The Empire State Building). Earlier last week, Ecology Minister Ségolène Royal stated on the French television network Canal+ France that, "We have to replant a lot of trees because there ...
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Hillary vs. Bernie on Frankenfood 24.6.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Why would voters choose Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton? Food is a good reason for Democrats and Republicans to abscond from their "politics as usual" party loyalties and vote for Bernie Sanders, the 38-year Independent running against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic primary. This article deals with both candidates' positions on two issues that relate to the food we eat - GMOs and the Trans Pacific Partnership. GMOs and the Fight for Healthy Food Whether you believe that GMOs are good eats or not, you can't ignore the legions of people in this country who want to exercise their right to know whether the food they are feeding their children and themselves contains genetically engineered (or transgenic) ingredients. About 80 to 95 percent of the processed foods in supermarkets would need labels to identify that a GMO was involved in some aspect of its manufacture. I'm trained as a master gardener, so I have a holistic view of agriculture. One input or toxin added to the system has a cascading effect ...
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Nurses: Senate Vote on Fast Track Puts Public Health at Risk, 'Wall Street, Corporate Giants Hardly Need More Handouts' 24.6.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Palm oil isn’t the only junk food ingredient threatening Indonesia’s forests 23.6.2015 TreeHugger
Much attention has been paid to the role of palm oil the loss of Indonesian forests, but plans for other plantations are more bad news.
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Conflict Palm Oil In An Instant: Activists Call On Instant Noodle Giant to Clean Up Its Supply Chain 23.6.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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"Jurassic World" and the Dinosaurs at the USDA 22.6.2015 Truthout.com
The new movie Jurassic World offers more than a few lessons relevant to the state of our world. The dinosaur-like regulations of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) were developed way back in the 1980s before many of the new biotechnologies were even conceived. The USDA fails to regulate even as biotechnologists deploy risky new genetic engineering and synthetic biology techniques in an attempt to meet demand for a climate-friendly "bioeconomy." The new movie Jurassic World offers more than a few lessons relevant to the state of our world. (Photo: Dinosaur Fossil via Shutterstock) The new movie Jurassic World offers more than a few lessons relevant to the state of our world. There is the obvious point about scientists bringing back to life genetically engineered dinosaurs with no real concern for the havoc they may wreak. Then there is the very clear link to real-world "de-extinction" scientists who seriously aim to bring back mastodons and passenger pigeons, while others are finding ever more potent ...
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China's Communist-Capitalist Ecological Apocalypse 21.6.2015 Truthout - All Articles
331 394 *Projected Chinese consumption in 2035 is calculated assuming per-capita consumption will be equal to the current US level, based on projected GDP growth of 8 percent annually. Latest year figures for grain, oil, coal, fertilizer and paper are from 2008. Latest year figures for meat and steel are from 2010. Source: Earth Policy Institute, 2011 How can this happen? What would the rest of the world live on? Already, as resource analyst Michael Klare reviews in his latest book, The Race for What's Left (2012), around the world existing reserves of oil, minerals and other resources "are being depleted at a terrifying pace and will be largely exhausted in the not-too-distant future." B. Airpocalypse Now Decades of coal-powered industrialization combined with the government-promoted car craze since the 1990s have brought China the worst air pollution in the world. Scientists have compared north China's toxic smog to a "nuclear winter" and the smog is also sharply reducing crop yields. Lung cancer is ...
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Migrant Farmworkers Ask Ben and Jerry's to Provide "Milk With Dignity" 19.6.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Migrant Justice farm workers march on the Vermont Statehouse May 1st. (Photo: Jonathan Leavitt) Inside the supply chain of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, migrant farmworker Victor Diaz’s wages were being illegally withheld last summer. He was living in an overcrowded trailer in Ferrisburgh, Vermont, its leaky roof covered with a blue vinyl tarp, and a liquid cow manure storage pond leaking into the workers’ drinking water. Then Diaz and other farmworkers marched on the farm with people of faith and community allies, winning his back wages. By winning his wages through collective action , Diaz, a migrant worker from southern Mexico, found his voice as an emergent leader in a movement of farmworkers called  Migrant Justice . “[The wage theft victory] was a transformative moment for me. I had endured years of abuse,” said Diaz. “If you look back we had that type of transformation happening with all of our victories, whether it’s with  drivers’ licenses , or our work  to stop collaboration with immigration by ...
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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered Wildlife From Dangerous New Chemical Cocktail 19.6.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Food & Water Watch Slams House Passage of Fast Track 18.6.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Aid Donors' Flagship Investment Deal Causing Hardship and Displacement in Tanzania 18.6.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Debt and Despair: How Small-Scale Farmers Feel the Impact of So-Called "Responsible Investment" 17.6.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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The Monsanto Protection Act is Back, and Worse Than Ever 15.6.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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GMOs or No GMOs -- Is That Really the Question? 12.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A quick review of some recent events shows public opinion saying no to genetically modified food. The USDA's establishment of a voluntary certification process to label foods free of GMOs, worldwide protests against Monsanto, and Chipotle's announcement to remove GMOs from their food menu are just a few examples. A recent Pew survey leads to the same conclusion, finding that while 88 percent of scientists agree GM foods are safe to eat , only 37 percent of the public believes this to be the case. The highly polarized GM debate too often devolves into good vs. evil, or corporate vs. small and organic farmers. The barrage of information and misinformation out there makes it difficult for people to separate fact from fiction and to think about the use of genetic technology on a case-by-case basis, as we should, rather than as an all or nothing proposition, as it is often presented. It also obscures a much more critical question about food security and the future of agriculture. Are global crops (GM or not) ...
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