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Amazon's Alexa now knows over 3000 skills 13.9.2016 Technology

Amazon's Alexa now knows over 3000 skillsAmazon's voice assistant continues to gain skills, including new ones for the Food Network and GE appliances.


Time to Drive Factory Farmed Food Off the Market 12.9.2016 Truthout - All Articles
After a decade of exposing and demonizing Monsanto and genetically engineered foods, including an intense four-year battle to force mandatory labeling of GMOs (a battle rudely terminated in July when Congress rammed through the outrageous DARK Act ), the US food movement stands at the crossroads.  Should we keep badgering Monsanto's minions in Washington for the right to know what's in our food, a sentiment shared by the overwhelming majority of consumers? Or should we focus more on single-issue reforms, such as banning neonicotinoid bee-killing pesticides, better nutrition in schools, taxes on soda, and an end to the reckless use of antibiotics in animal feed?  A growing number of food activists believe it's time to move beyond limited or single-issue campaigning and lobbying and take on the entire degenerative food and farming system, starting with the malevolent profit-driver and lynchpin of industrial agriculture, GMOs and fast food: factory farming. We obviously can't count on a corrupt Congress or ...
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Big Food’s biggest trend? Crusading against Big Food 12.9.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gathered for a free music festival, a crowd waits to see one of the headline attractions — an exhibit about fast-food ingredients. On display: Beakers of powders and liquids that purportedly go into what is clearly meant to look like a McDonald’s burger. Just below are leaves and spices that […]
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Big Food's biggest trend? Crusading against Big Food 12.9.2016 AP National
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gathered for a free music festival, a crowd waits to see one of the headline attractions - an exhibit about fast-food ingredients....
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False Promises: Avoid "Miracle" Rice and Just Eat a Carrot 10.9.2016 Truthout.com
Vandana Shiva. (Photo: The Seeds of Vandana Shiva film) New Delhi -- Norman Borlaug, father of the Green Revolution, died on September 9, 2009. Alfred G. Gilman died on December 23, 2015. Both were Nobel laureates and now both dead. Gilman was a signatory to a recent letter condemning Greenpeace and its opposition to genetic engineering. How many Nobel laureates does it take to write a letter? Easily ascertained -- the dead Gilman and 106 others were enlisted in "supporting GMOs and golden rice". Correct answer -- 107, dead or alive. The laureates were rounded up by Val Giddings (senior fellow, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation), Jon Entine (author of Abraham's Children: Race, Identity and the DNA of the Chosen People) and Jay Byrne (former head of corporate communications, Monsanto). Real people don't have the luxury of getting Nobel laureates to write 1/107th of a letter, "chosen" folk do. Evidently. Cornell University is a "chosen" institution – central to genetically modified public ...
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Vermont, grocery industry to dismiss GMO suit 1.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Montpelier, Vt. • The state of Vermont, the Grocery Manufacturers of America and a number of other food industry groups have agreed to dismiss a federal lawsuit that challenged a state law requiring the labeling of some foods made with genetically modified organisms. In a Wednesday court filing in Vermont, the parties to the lawsuit agreed the suit was no longer needed because a new federal law pre-empted the state law that took effect July 1. The lawsuit had been on appeal to the 2nd U.S. Circu... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Vermont, grocery industry agree to dismiss GMO lawsuit 1.9.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont, the Grocery Manufacturers of America and a number of other food industry groups have agreed to dismiss a federal lawsuit that challenged a state law requiring the labeling of some foods made with genetically modified organisms. In a Wednesday court filing in Vermont, the parties to the […]
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55 Years After Agent Orange Was Used In Vietnam, One Of Its Creators Is Thriving Here 30.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam ― Fifty-five years ago this month, the U.S. Army began spraying millions of gallons of the toxic defoliant known as Agent Orange over large swaths of southern Vietnam. Today, however, instead of resentment and isolation from the U.S., the country is awash with Americanophilia. Ho Chi Minh City, once the capital of the U.S.-backed regime under the name of Saigon, is now teeming with McDonald’s and Starbucks businesses. The present economic hub of Vietnam also boasts an increase in Apple stores, which see their clientele anxiously waiting for the debut of the latest iPhones and are often considered by many here as an emblem of chic Americanization. And with a large portion of the population of more than 90 million born after 1975 (the year the war ended), the masses tend to look forward to the future rather than dwell on the bitter past with the Americans. But this Americanization and what it ushers in, including the expansion of companies like biotech giant Monsanto, risks ...
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Monsanto Helped Devastate Vietnam. Now It’s Expanding Here. 30.8.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam ― Fifty-five years ago this month, the U.S. Army began spraying millions of gallons of the toxic defoliant known as Agent Orange over large swaths of southern Vietnam. Today, however, instead of resentment and isolation from the U.S., the country is awash with Americanophilia. Ho Chi Minh City, once the capital of the U.S.-backed regime under the name of Saigon, is now teeming with McDonald’s and Starbucks businesses. The present economic hub of Vietnam also boasts an increase in Apple stores, which see their clientele anxiously waiting for the debut of the latest iPhones and are often considered by many here as an emblem of chic Americanization. And with a large portion of the population of more than 90 million born after 1975 (the year the war ended), the masses tend to look forward to the future rather than dwell on the bitter past with the Americans. But this Americanization and what it ushers in, including the expansion of companies like biotech giant Monsanto, risks ...
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Aspen Ideas Festival: GMO's: Savior, Satan, or Something in Between? 29.8.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
An Aspen Ideas Festival exploration of one of the country's big controversies about food and farming. The session was called "GMO's: Savior, Satan, or Something in Between?" Experts from the Union of Concerned Scientists, Monsanto Corporation and the Environmental Defense Fund try to answer that question.
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One Scientist’s Crazy Bet to Save the Bees: Join Monsanto 29.8.2016 Wired Top Stories
One  Scientist’s Crazy Bet to Save the Bees: Join Monsanto
Jerry Hayes is on a quest to save the bees. So when Monsanto began investigating a way to help, he joined them---and kicked up a swarm of controversy. The post One Scientist’s Crazy Bet to Save the Bees: Join Monsanto appeared first on WIRED.
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Forget GMOs. Pesticides Pose the Real Risk 23.8.2016 American Prospect
A tractor spreads chemicals on his crop as Hastings, Florida, resident Brian Hunt watches.    The latest statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture reveal that Americans’ appetite for locally grown, organic food is growing. Consumers want to know where their food comes from and what’s in it. Most polls show that the vast majority of Americans also support mandatory labels for genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Nearly half of Americans think scientists have found risks associated with eating GM foods even though they haven’t, according to a recent survey by the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center. “People don’t know very much about the science, and they don’t know that GMOs have been in the food supply for 20 years,” says William Hallman, who ran the survey. “They just know they don’t like it.” Last month, after years of contentious debate, President Obama signed legislation requiring the first national GMO labeling standard. (Labeling advocates aren’t happy with the ...
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Anti-science claims dog Green Party nominee Jill Stein 17.8.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein has been waging an uphill battle for name recognition as she pursues her White House bid. But as she emerges in the public eye -- she is participating in a CNN-hosted town hall on Wednesday -- so have some of the retired medical doctor's past controversial comments on vaccines, her concerns about internet use being linked to poor health and GMOs.
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Three Colombian women tell us why preserving seeds is an act of resistance 16.8.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 Colombian women are fighting to protect native seeds. Why? We spoke with three seed guardians about the importance of this work. Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Protection of native seeds is growing strong in Colombia. Colombian women are preserving seeds from multiple threats such as mining, free trade agreements, agrochemicals, hybrid and transgenic seeds among others. Fernanda Sánchez Jaramillo spoke with three women from three different provinces in Colombia about how being a seed guardian is an act of resistance, promotes food security and maintains cultural ...
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Free People from ‘Dictatorship’ of the 0.01% 10.8.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Vandana Shiva

“The only way to counter globalisation—just a plot of land in some central place, keep it covered in grass, let there be a single tree, even a wild tree.”

This is how dear friend and eminent writer Mahasweta Devi, who passed away on July 28, at the age of 90, quietly laid out her imagination for freedom in our times of corporate globalisation in one of her last talks.

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Why the GMO 'Labeling' Bill That Obama Just Signed Into Law Is a Sham--and a National Embarrassment 6.8.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
It is known as the DARK Act. D-A-R-K standing for Denying Americans the Right to Know. It was signed by President Obama last Friday in the afterglow of the Democratic National Convention, without fanfare or major media coverage. The bill's moniker is apt. With a few strokes of his pen Obama scratched out the laws of Vermont, Connecticut and Maine that required the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods. He also nullified the GE seed labeling laws in Vermont and Virginia which allowed farmers to choose what seeds they wanted to buy and plant. And for good measure he preempted Alaska's law requiring the labeling of any GE fish or fish product, a law passed to protect the state's vital fisheries from contamination by recently approved genetically engineered salmon. The White House justified the Dark Act's massive onslaught on local democracy on the grounds that the bill would create national standards for labeling of GE foods. It does nothing of the sort. In fact, according to Obama's own Food and ...
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'Non-GMO' Does Not Mean Organic, Folks 5.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It appears that sales of foods touting an absence of genetically-modified ingredients are booming in the U.S. — but some people may be surprised to learn what’s actually in such foods in lieu of GMOs. Sales of products labeled by  the Non-GMO Project , a nonprofit that verifies the contents of GMO-free foods, have more than doubled over the past two years — from $7 billion  to $16 billion  today, according to NPR’s Dan Charles. At the same time, organic foods have also been gaining in popularity, though at a much slower rate. According to the Organic Trade Association’s latest numbers, sales of all organic products nationwide hit $43 billion last year , representing a 34-percent increase over the $32 billion figure  recorded two years earlier, in 2013. That’s a sizable surge, of course, but nowhere near the growth observed by the non-GMO segment. This is raising the anxiety of some organic food companies, who point out that just because a product lacks GMOs doesn’t mean it meets other standards those ...
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Small food companies ponder GMO labeling law 5.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
New York • A new law that requires food makers to label the packaging of any products that contain genetically modified ingredients has small and medium-sized manufacturers facing some big decisions. Should they try to provide the information on the label itself, or invest in the technology to add scannable codes? Should they change their ingredients to steer clear of such products, and is it worth getting certified as being GMO-free? These are tough questions for companies that may not have fin...
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Small food companies ponder response to new GMO labeling law 4.8.2016 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- A new law that requires food makers to label the packaging of any products that contain genetically modified ingredients has small and medium-sized manufacturers facing some big decisions....
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Organic food fights back against 'non-GMO' rival 4.8.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
Sales of food labeled "non-GMO" are booming, and it's starting to annoy organic food companies. They see the non-GMO label as cut-rate competition that doesn't deliver what shoppers imagine.
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