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Mandatory GMO Labeling Bill Passed In Vermont Senate, Could Be Nation's First 17.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Carey Gillam and Lisa Baertlein April 16 (Reuters) - The Vermont Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would make the state the first in the United States to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops. "We are really excited that Vermont is going to be leading on this," said Falko Schilling, a spokesman for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, which backed the bill. The bill, approved 28-2 by the Senate, has already passed the Vermont House of Representatives. It now goes back to the House to see if members will approve changes made by the Senate. The law is set to take effect July 1, 2016. The move in Vermont comes as the developers of genetically modified crops and U.S. grocery manufacturers push for passage of an opposing bill, introduced in Congress last week, that would nullify any state law that requires labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops. The Vermont law passed by the Senate would do just that - processed foods that contain ...
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Vermont Lawmakers Pass Country’s First No-Strings-Attached GMO Labeling Law 16.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

Today, by a vote of 28 to 2, the Vermont state senate passed H.112, a bill to require mandatory labeling of foods sold in Vermont that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The bill also makes it illegal to call any food product containing GMOs “natural” or “all natural.” Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require four or five other states to pass GMO labeling laws before they can be enacted, Vermont’s law contains no “trigger” clauses, making it the first “clean” GMO labeling law in the country.

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Federal Court Allows Non-Profit Groups to Defend Kaua’i County on Behalf of Taxpayers 15.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

The U.S. District Court of Hawaii today granted a Motion to Intervene jointly presented by Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice on behalf of several community non-profit groups. The order allows the groups to participate in a lawsuit filed by Syngenta and other pesticide companies challenging Kaua’i’s County Ordinance 960. Today’s order allows the groups, represented by council from CFS and Earthjustice, to defend the County of Kaua‘i’s 2013 pesticide disclosure law from the pesticide companies’ legal challenge.

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Where Did the Food Movement Go Wrong? 15.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Tove K. Danovich This article originally appeared on Food Politic . I should have seen it coming. In a time when politics are more polarized than ever, when every party seems to have their own news station, why would I think the food movement was somehow above sensationalism? I should have known that we were in for a rough ride when we started saying, "Big Ag is evil" and promoted GMO labeling campaigns by insinuating that if Monsanto produced Agent Orange (once reported as being "harmless"), anything else they made would be equally bad. When did the food movement become more about politics than actually making what we eat better? I got involved with food policy five years ago because something wasn't quite right with the way we were putting food on the table. I was -- one might say -- bothered by the idea that people go hungry while 35 million tons of food waste goes to United States' landfills each year. Troubled by the agricultural fertilizers that help to poison the Chesapeake Bay with 300 million ...
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FDA Decision to Expand Food Irradiation Masks Weak Import Inspections 11.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

“Today’s announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approving the use of ionizing radiation as a food safety measure for crustaceans continues to show how inadequate the FDA food inspection system is, especially for imported foods.

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'Monsanto, Koch Alliance'? GOP Congressman Pushes Bill to Block GMO Labeling 11.4.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Photo: Daniel Lobo/cc/flickrIn a move slammed as sealing "an unholy alliance between Monsanto and Koch Industries," a Kansas congressman has submitted legislation that would ban state-level GMO labeling ...
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Organic Gardening: 10 Tips to Success 11.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Dianne Venetta for GalTime.com Organic gardening is the method of gardening that utilizes only materials derived from living things, ie. all natural plant foods and pesticides. Once you know the basic tenets of this practice, organic vegetable gardening is simple. And the payoff is enormous: no toxic chemicals, no waste, better for the environment as a whole, and not to mention a crop full of natural, delicious vegetables. Remember these 10 steps and you'll have a successful crop in no time! Soil. It all begins here. Amending your soil with organic material such as composted manure or yard and kitchen scrap compost will get your dirt off to a good start. The inclusion of organic material provides a solid basis of nutrients for your plants which helps to cut down on the need for commercially made fertilizers and improves soil structure making it easier for your plant to absorb the important minerals they need. Sandy soil will not hold its moisture well. Heavy clay soil may prove too dense for healthy ...
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'Monsanto, Koch Alliance'? GOP Congressman Pushes Bill to Block GMO Labling 11.4.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Photo: Daniel Lobo/cc/flickrIn a move slammed as sealing "an unholy alliance between Monsanto and Koch Industries," a Kansas congressman has submitted legislation that would ban state-level GMO labeling ...
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Walmart's Making It Cheaper For America To Buy Organic Groceries 10.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
There's a new line of affordable organic food available at -- you guessed it, because their movement toward organic has been happening for a while -- Walmart. We've all heard the rallying cry of organic food proponents. They beg us to leave behind our affordable (but convenient-to-find) groceries, and replace them with more expensive (but healthier, both for ourselves and the environment) organic versions. But for the most part, America hasn't been able to get past the higher price-point to jump on the organic bandwagon. Walmart has recognized that 91 percent of its shoppers would be interested in purchasing organic groceries if they were more affordable, and on Thursday the company announced that it's going to finally give customers what they want -- a line of organic foods that costs the same as non-organic. Walmart embarks upon a partnership with Wild Oats organic food brand, together promising to remove the premium associated with organic groceries and sell them in parity with national brand ...
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GMO Pushers and The Art of War 10.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In The Art of War the famous strategist Sun Tzu writes, "The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent." Sun Tzu could write a whole new chapter about Monsanto and the other pushers of genetically modified foods, or GMO. On Wednesday, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) carried Monsanto's torch when he introduced legislation to block GMO labeling. Over the last two days, Center for Food Safety , along with Environmental Working Group and Just Label It, organized and participated in over 100 meetings on Capitol Hill, with dozens of "good" food corporations and organizations supporting the public's right to know what they are eating, urged House and Senate members to co-sponsor a bill requiring GMO labeling on food products. The bill, known as the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, was first introduced in April 2013 by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR). The public wants GMO labeling. In fact, a staggering 93 percent of Americans polled say ...
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Rockweed: Failing Down the Food Chain 9.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I live on the Gulf of Maine in the northeastern corner of the United States. This coast is characterized by hard granite edges and islands that have supported communities first based on fishing and farming, later evolved with the arrival of summer visitors and tourists, and now with retired or urban flight year-round residents. The heart and soul of Maine is its relationship with the ocean and surely that is the reason that I too came aground here. Artists have rendered our shoreline for centuries -- the gray, grained walls against which the sea breaks constantly, the edge with its occasional gravel beaches, pools filled with marine life, and dark forms of seaweed, mostly rockweed, seen moving below the high water, then revealed as the tide recedes to a clinging mass of varied greens and yellow strands of glistening plant life teeming with small marine species, seen and unseen. This weed constitutes shelter for such species, an incubation place for plankton, sea urchins, periwinkles, and other shellfish, ...
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7 secrets for healthful hospital food, from asparagus to tomatoes 8.4.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Here's how a Michigan farmer's daughter is leading the way to connect local food growers with hospitals for better food in healthcare.

7 secrets for healthful hospital food, from asparagus to tomatoes
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Don’t Panic, Go Organic: The IPCC Report Should be a Wakeup Call for Climate-Smart Food 8.4.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Anna Lappé

The just-released synthesis report on global warming from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has prompted some to start name-dropping Thomas Malthus. Malthus, you may remember, was the 19th Century British economist and demographer who warned that population growth would inevitably lead to global food shortages.

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Organic Consumers Association Comments on New Study Showing Glyphosate Found in Mothers' Breast Milk 7.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) today called on U.S. regulatory agencies, including the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ban the use of glyphosate based on a new pilot study showing that the toxic herbicide was found in the breast milk of American women.

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Are Humane Farming Practices Entering Into the Public Conscience? 4.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I asked Chef Jared Van Camp on the November 2012 Dinner Party if we would ever have food in grocery stores like the food that we have in restaurants: food from small farms with the emphasis on humane standards. Produce in stores has been organic for years, but we haven't been seeing meat from small farms emphasizing the humane treatment of the animals. Indeed it seems that no one can even agree on the terminology of what signifies humane treatment. Cage-free? Free range? Pasture-raised? And what about processing? Processing and the conditions therein are rarely mentioned. Seemingly unfathomable, many animals are transported up to 1,000 miles in horrid, cramped conditions on top of each other to be lead to a processing plant where hundreds at a time are forced to slaughter within earshot of each other. I wondered when humane conditions in farms would become a topic people cared about. Jared's response was interesting. "It is considered the Top Chef vocation of our chef culture to disseminate ...
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USDA: Selling Out Organic to Protect Five Factory Farms 2.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When most Americans think about organic meat or eggs, they picture animals on small farms, allowed to root in the soil, feel sun on their backs, and engage in their natural behaviors. What they don't picture is tens of thousands of hens crammed into massive sheds with no access to soil and extremely limited outdoor access. Unfortunately, the USDA stamped its seal of approval on the latter scenario by refusing to implement its own advisory board's animal welfare recommendations, which would have created a level playing field for the hundreds of small organic farms that were the basis for the standards. These recommendations would not have required "good" conditions, but they would have set a reasonable floor by requiring improvements from the five massive "organic" egg farms that provide the worst hen welfare. The USDA's decision doesn't just violate our moral intuitions and the expectations of organic consumers; it also violates the Department's legal mandate in at least two distinct ways. First, USDA is ...
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Dog Rescued From Cliff After 200-Foot Fall Near Northern California's Rodeo Beach (VIDEO) 31.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Firefighters rescued a trapped pit bull on Sunday afternoon after she fell down a 200-foot-high cliff in Northern California.

Video from San Francisco's KTVU shows two rescuers hauling 7-month-old Mia from the bottom of the cliff near Rodeo Beach, north of the city.

"The dog was kind of wedged between a few different rocks," Southern Marin Fire District Captain Kai Pasquale told the news station. "She was not moving when approached, but moved its head and let them know she was alive."

Mia's distraught owner was at the top of the cliff, and watched the rescue operation.

CBS San Francisco reports that Mia was not seriously injured in the fall.
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Why cows, crops and timber thrive in the pastures of Colombia 28.3.2014 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com

As restaurant chains target more sustainable beef, a Colombia livestock program shows how to reduce emissions and produce more food per acre.

Why cows, crops and timber thrive in the pastures of Colombia
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Sustainability Is the Organic Movement's Strength 27.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Sustainability Is the Organic Movement's Strength
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Vegan PSA Hopes To Convince You Pigs Are Friends, Not Food 26.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Vegan PSA Hopes To Convince You Pigs Are Friends, Not Food
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