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Science of the Small With a Big Sustainable Impact: Interview With Novozymes' Adam Monroe 24.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As modern society evolves and the global population swells from 7 billion to more than 9 billion by 2050, the density of people and sprawl is shifting toward cities and coastlines. That change will have a profound impact on natural resources. Finding solutions for problems tied to runaway growth will be paramount in how we live, work, and sustain. Water, food, and the energy we consume and pollute, as a byproduct of industrialization, are not limitless. They resource networks are fragile. When we talk about resiliency in Hurricane Sandy terms, we need to think beyond facilities and infrastructure and make the natural resources we use more resilient, as well. Sustainability is one reason why "Europe plans to decarbonize by 2050," Connie Hedegaard stated at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) Summit held in New York City this month. The Danish politician is the European Commissioner for Climate Action in the European Commission. The panel discussion she sat on, Geopolitics of Phase Change, covered the ...
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California congressman woos Sriracha pepper sauce factory after odor complaints heat up 23.4.2014 Yahoo: Politics
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A U.S. congressman from a Los Angeles community is seeking to lure the factory that makes the bestselling Sriracha-brand hot pepper sauce to his district after residents in its current location complained about the smell. U.S. Representative Tony Cardenas, a Democrat whose district includes much of the San Fernando Valley, wants to convince David Tran, the owner of Huy Fong Foods company which makes the hot sauce, to relocate rather than continue to fight with the residents of the city of Irwindale, California. Cardenas said the company grossed $60 million in sales from its Sriracha brand alone last year, with little marketing, and hailed Tran, an ethnic Chinese immigrant from Vietnam who founded his company in Los Angeles in 1980, as "an American success story." Huy Fong Foods hires 70 full-time employees and 200 seasonal workers and produces over 20 million bottles of hot sauce ...
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Ikea Introduces Meatless Meatball, Highlights Need for More Corporate Action to Help Cut Meat Consumption 22.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

Following the latest United Nations report on climate change, retail giant Ikea says it will introduce “lower carbon alternatives” to its popular Swedish meatballs, including a vegetarian version. This is one of the first times a major retailer has introduced a meatless menu item explicitly to combat climate change.

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Why Hawaii Is Ground Zero For The GMO Debate 22.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WAIALUA, Hawaii (AP) — You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to Hawaii. The tiny island state 2,500 miles from the nearest continent is so critical to the nation's modern corn-growing business that the industry's leading companies all have farms here, growing new varieties genetically engineered for desirable traits like insect and drought resistance. But these same farms have become a flash point in a spreading debate over genetic engineering in agriculture. Kauai and Hawaii counties have moved in the past several months to regulate genetically modified organisms and the pesticides the farms use. In Maui County, a group is collecting signatures for a potential ballot measure that would impose a temporary ban on the crops. "People are very concerned, and it's my job as a council member to determine whether those concerns are valid and take steps to protect them," said Gary Hooser, a councilman in Kauai. Hooser and the council passed a ...
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Hawaii Is Ground Zero For The GMO Debate 22.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WAIALUA, Hawaii (AP) — You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to Hawaii. The tiny island state 2,500 miles from the nearest continent is so critical to the nation's modern corn-growing business that the industry's leading companies all have farms here, growing new varieties genetically engineered for desirable traits like insect and drought resistance. But these same farms have become a flash point in a spreading debate over genetic engineering in agriculture. Kauai and Hawaii counties have moved in the past several months to regulate genetically modified organisms and the pesticides the farms use. In Maui County, a group is collecting signatures for a potential ballot measure that would impose a temporary ban on the crops. "People are very concerned, and it's my job as a council member to determine whether those concerns are valid and take steps to protect them," said Gary Hooser, a councilman in Kauai. Hooser and the council passed a ...
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Hawaii is genetically engineered crop flash point 19.4.2014 Twincities.com: News
WAIALUA, Hawaii (AP) — You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to Hawaii.
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Hawaii is genetically engineered crop flash point 19.4.2014 Yahoo: US National
WAIALUA, Hawaii (AP) — You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to ...
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Hawaii, a critical spot for modern US corn, becomes flash point in genetic engineering debate 19.4.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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Hawaii is genetically engineered crop flash point 19.4.2014 AP Business
WAIALUA, Hawaii (AP) -- You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to Hawaii....
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Railroad says it's committed to hauling fertilizer 19.4.2014 Yahoo: US National
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Canadian Pacific Railway told a federal oversight board Friday that moving fertilizer for spring planting does not present a "significant challenge" for the railroad.
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Fish Farming Explores Deeper, Cleaner Waters 19.4.2014 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Fish-farming companies are trying to guard against disease and expand production by trying new techniques, including the use of offshore structures akin to oil platforms.
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This Congressman Has A Plan To Save Sriracha 18.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A California congressman says the manufacturer of Sriracha should relocate to his district rather than leaving the state altogether. Huy Fong Foods, the maker of the popular hot sauce, was hit with a lawsuit last fall after residents near the Irwindale, Calif. factory complained of eye and throat irritation and headaches from the facility's chili pepper odor. In November, a Los Angeles judge ordered a " partial shutdown " of the factory on the grounds that the odor is "extremely annoying, irritating and offensive to the senses warranting consideration as a public nuisance." And in December, Huy Fong was ordered to hold its sauces for 30 days before shipping. Last week, Irwindale's city council officially declared the factory a public nuisance and gave it 90 days to eliminate the offending odors. The decision has led the manufacturer to consider moving the factory. "I have had the bad luck to move into a city with a government that acts like a local king," founder David Tran told the Los Angeles Times . ...
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Trait by trait, plant scientists swiftly weed out bad seeds through marker-assisted breeding 17.4.2014 Washington Post

Alan Krivanek, a tomato breeder for Monsanto, dons a white protective suit, wipes his feet on a mat of disinfectant and enters a greenhouse to survey 80,000 seedlings. He is armed with a spreadsheet that will tell him which ones are likely to resist a slew of diseases. The rest he will discard.

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Sriracha sauce maker considers relocation 17.4.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Maine Farmer to Speak at United Nations on International Mother Earth Day 16.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

Jim Gerritsen, a Maine organic seed potato farmer, has accepted an invitation to participate on a guest panel at the United Nations in New York City on April 22, 2014.  The event will be the fourth Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature which commemorates International Mother Earth Day.

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IPCC Report Underscores Need for Global Sustainable Agriculture 16.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

The prestigious United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report this week, detailing how governments can avert the most severe consequences of climate change, if they act quickly and decisively.

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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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Gassy cows are warming the planet, and they're here to stay 12.4.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
You may have heard how methane from livestock heat the planet, but reducing global meat consumption isn't necessarily the solution.
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Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They're Here To Stay 12.4.2014 NPR Health Science
Methane from livestock accounts for a huge portion of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, according to a UN report. But reducing global meat consumption isn't necessarily the answer to the problem.
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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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