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Dr. Oz responds after prominent physicians call for his firing from Columbia University 18.4.2015 Washington Post
You know Dr. Oz. He has a popular show where he dishes medical advice, some of which has earned him criticism. But he's not just a television host: Dr. Mehmet Oz is also a cardiothoracic surgeon who holds the surgery department vice chairmanship at Columbia University's medical school.Read full article >>
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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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Cow Milk Without the Cow Is Coming to Change Food Forever 15.4.2015 Wired Top Stories
Real Vegan Cheese is made from the same proteins found in cow's milk, but they came from genetically modified yeast. But is it real? Vegan? ...
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Why Dr. Bronner's Supports the Organic Check-Off Program 14.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When I first heard that there could be a $30 million-plus annual war chest to build expertise and capacity for organic farming in the United States, and educate consumers about organic food and farming, via the Organic Trade Association's Organic Check-Off program , I thought this sounded like a pretty good idea. In addition to the fact that we need to research and share best organic practices for crop yields and ecosystem health, and develop the next generation of organic farmers in the U.S., the vast majority of Americans lack basic knowledge of what organic agriculture and organic products are, and many consider completely meaningless claims such as "natural" and almost meaningless claims like "non-GMO" as superior attributes. However, I understood that the proposed check-off was controversial and decided to investigate. Largely I found that concerns stem from bad experiences with other agricultural commodity programs like beef, pork and eggs, that benefitted large agribusiness and processors while ...
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Organic Consumers Association Gathers 105,000 Signatures on MoveOn.org Petition Asking Hillary Clinton to Support GMO Labeling 13.4.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Has Glyphosate Met Its Waterloo? 11.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Germany May Completely Ban Fracking, and More 7.4.2015 Truthout.com
In today's On the News segment: Last week, the German cabinet approved that nation's first-ever fracking law; rising global temperatures already have a financial and human cost; new research says that sustainable solutions are the only real way to feed future generations; and more. TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here - on the best of the rest of....Science and Green news..... You need to know this. We are living in "an era of extreme weather." That's according to a new analysis from the Center of American Progress. Researchers complied data from the federal government and the insurance industry and found that the United States spent at least $19 billion dealing with extreme weather disasters in 2014. And, according to that same data, at least 65 people lost their lives because of these events. Fighting climate change is no longer just about planning for the future. Rising temperatures already have a financial and human cost. In this new report, called "Extreme Weather on the Rise," researchers documented ...
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Can We End the Privatization of Seeds? 6.4.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Our global food system continues to be dominated by agribusiness giants, who use their power to quash legislation designed to protect consumer and farmer interests, with little demonstration of the benefits of their genetically modified products. (Photo: Seeds via Shutterstock) For most of history, farmers have had control over their seeds: saving, sharing, and replanting them with freedom. Developments in the course of the 20th century, however, have greatly eroded this autonomy. Legal changes, ranging from the Plant Variety Protection Act (1970) in the United States to the World Trade Organization's Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), have systematically eroded farmers' rights to save seeds for future use. By the end of 2012, Monsanto had sued 410 farmers and 56 small farm businesses in the United States for patent infringement, winning over $23 million in settlements. Here, we describe some of the key developments further intensifying corporate control over the ...
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New Research Links Neonicotinoid Pesticides to Monarch Butterfly Declines 6.4.2015 Truthout.com
USDA researchers have identified the neonicotinoid insecticide clothianidin as a likely contributor to monarch butterfly declines in North America. The USDA research is published in the journal Science of Nature and was published online on April 3rd ( Pecenka and Lundgren 2015 ).  Monarch butterfly populations (Danaus Plexippus) have declined precipitously in North America in the last twenty years. This decline has commonly been linked to loss of milkweeds (Asclepias species) from farmer's fields. Monarch caterpillars are dependent on milkweeds. The ability of farmers to kill them with the Monsanto herbicide Roundup (glyphosate) has therefore led to this herbicide being considered as a major contributor to the decline of the monarch butterfly. However, industrial farming methods include other known or potential causes of monarch disappearances. One of these is the known toxicity of Bt insecticides found in GMO crops. For instance, in 2006 pollen from Syngenta's BT176 corn (no longer on the US market) ...
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New Report Debunks 'Myth' That GMOs are Key to Feeding the World 2.4.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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The Other Apple Innovation 2.4.2015 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
We mean the fruit, which is now better thanks to genetic modification.
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Factory Farm Meat: Why Vegetarians, Ranchers and Conscious Omnivores Need to Unite 1.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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World Health Day: Genetically Engineered Crops are “False Miracles”, Warn Global Experts 1.4.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Next for cancer-fighting foods: Pink pineapples, purple tomatoes? 1.4.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional products.
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Feeding the World-- Without GMOs 1.4.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Feeding the World – Without GMOs 1.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Next-generation GMOs: Pink pineapples and purple tomatoes 1.4.2015 AP Business
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional products....
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What's next? Next-generation GMOs could be pink pineapples, purple tomatoes, healthier oils 1.4.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
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Next-generation GMOs: Pink pineapples and purple tomatoes 1.4.2015 Yahoo: Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional ...
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Rounding Us Up, and Exposing Us All to Cancer 31.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
The World Health Organization has just declared the most widely used herbicide in the world, glyphosate, a "probable human carcinogen," a designation long overdue. Cancer is only one of many health consequences of the growing scourge of herbicides, pesticides and GMOs. (Image: Spraying herbicide via Shutterstock) A friend of mine sent me an email recently after being alarmed by observing a neighbor's son, as a city employee, spraying the herbicide Roundup along the Jordan River Parkway in the center of Salt Lake City. She asked him what he was spraying and he said, "nothing dangerous, just Roundup." He wasn't wearing any protection of any kind. The very same day, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that they had concluded the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, the most widely sold agricultural and household herbicide in the world, billed as one of the most benign herbicides ever manufactured, was a "probable carcinogen." The WHO elaborated that their biggest concern was for occupational ...
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