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Pesticides Are Killing Greece’s Bees: Honey Industry Suffers Amid Broader Economic Turmoil 30.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
   Even as unemployed Greek youth turn in desperation to beekeeping, Greece’s honey industry is suffering the effects of systemic pesticides. More than 1,000 studies confirm that pesticides disorient the bees, making it more difficult for them to navigate, forage for pollen and reproduce in the hives. The hot topic across global financial markets at the moment is Greece. People there are experiencing monetary woes, but it seems like their honeybees aren't doing too well either. Systemic pesticides are increasingly causing bee losses, and many would argue that the country now suffers from colony collapse disorder as well. The air smells of smoke and lemons, and the cicadas chirp steadily as I come upon 16 beehives clustered together in a dry field. What I've just discovered is mere steps away from Demokritos, the National Centre for Scientific Research in Athens, the largest multidisciplinary research institute in Greece. Every so often, pagoda, pine and olive trees sway gently in the breeze, but overall ...
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As Patents Expire, Farmers Plant Generic GMOs 30.7.2015 Technology Review Feed - Tech Review Top Stories

Monsanto no longer controls one of the biggest innovations in the history of agriculture.

Billy Maddox planted 100 acres of Roundup Ready soybeans this year. The big news is he didn’t pay Monsanto a dime.

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Good food is never cheap and cheap food is never good 29.7.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Twenty years ago I wrote that family farms in Canada were at a pivotal point in their evolution. Farmers could continue growing crops based on the corporate agenda or they could lessen their ecological impact by adopting a model that encouraged eating local, in-season, organically grown indigenous foods. Consumer buying power was imperative to changing the way food was grown and distributed. Ironically, very little has changed. Canadians have developed a sense of entitlement when it comes to buying cheap food. What's really needed are consumers who recognize they have a duty to ensure fairness within the marketplace. This begins with paying farmers a reasonable price for the food they produce and extends to buying food that is produced in an ecologically responsible ...
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To Save Bees, Some States Take Aim At Pesticides 29.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. The orange groves in Fort Myers, Florida, have turned to poison for David Mendes’ honeybees. The onetime winter havens for bees have been treated with a popular pesticide that he says kills his livelihood. States and the federal government are searching for ways to protect managed bees like Mendes’ and their wild counterparts. The White House issued a strategy in May to promote the health of honeybees and at least 24 states have enacted laws to protect bees and other pollinators such as bats, birds and butterflies. Of the 100 crops that supply about 90 percent of the food for most of the world, 71 are pollinated by bees. Pollination has a direct effect on the quality of food and the diversity of crops. Declines in bee populations mean fruit and vegetables are less available and more expensive. Though the number ...
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Exclusive: TreeHouse, Post join ConAgra's private label auction - sources 29.7.2015 Yahoo: Business

EXTERIOR VIEW OF MEAT PROCESSING PLANT IN KANSAS.ConAgra Foods Inc has started talks with TreeHouse Foods Inc and Post Holdings Inc regarding the sale of its private label unit Ralcorp, which could be valued at around $3.5 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. TreeHouse, Post, and private equity firms that include Apollo Global Management LLC and Cerberus Capital Management LP have joined the auction for Ralcorp, which is still at its early stages, the people said this week.


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American Humane Certified Is Out of Step on the Meaning of "Humane" 28.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Yet more disturbing videos have been released showing the abuse of animals raised for food. Last month, two separate investigations by animal advocacy organizations exposed the mistreatment of birds raised and slaughtered by poultry producer Foster Farms. The first investigation was conducted by the group Mercy for Animals at Foster Farms in Fresno, California, where in March and April undercover workers documented the mistreatment of chickens at both a raising facility and a slaughterhouse. A video shows workers tossing young chicks onto the ground at the raising facility, which is littered with sick and injured birds. At the slaughterhouse, workers are seen punching and shoving birds during shackling, and there is evidence that some birds have been scalded alive in feather-removal tanks. Foster Farms responded to the release of the video by suspending five workers. The second investigation documented the inhumane killing of sick and injured day-old birds at a turkey hatchery operated by Foster Farms, ...
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Surprise! Pro-GMO Lawmakers Get Big Funds from Agribusiness Lobbies 27.7.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Ruthless Power and Deleterious Politics: From DDT to Roundup 27.7.2015 Truthout.com
Farm equipment sprays glysophate onto crops. (Photo: Chafer Machinery ) Do you want media that's accountable to YOU, not to corporate sponsors? Help publish journalism with real integrity and independence - click here to donate to Truthout! Morton Biskind, a physician from Westport, Connecticut, was a courageous man. At the peak of the cold war, in 1953, he complained of maladies afflicting both domestic animals and people for the first time. He concluded that the popular insect poison DDT was the agent of their disease. DDT, he said, was "dangerous for all animal life from insects to mammals." The Reign of DDT Yet, he was astonished at what little was done to restrict or ban DDT. On the contrary, officials and scientists defended it: "[V]irtually the entire apparatus of communication, lay and scientific alike, has been devoted to denying, concealing, suppressing, distorting… [the bad news about DDT]. Libel, slander and economic boycott have not been overlooked… And a new principle of toxicology has… ...
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Snowpack drought has salmon dying in overheated rivers 26.7.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
Migrating salmon on the Columbia River face tough odds for survival as the lack of snowmelt water and searing summer heat have sent water temperatures soaring.
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Beatrix the beaver trapped — and waiting for love in new home 25.7.2015 Seattle Times: Politics
Beatrix, the cause célèbre Lake Forest Park beaver, has been trapped and is awaiting relocation along the I-2 corridor on Forest Service land. She just needs a male partner.
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State Rights, or Big Government and Monsanto Run Amok? House Republicans Will Choose. 25.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Since the days of Ronald Reagan, the Republican Party has avowed itself the defender of state and local rights in the face of an imperious federal government. From the 1980s on, this doctrine of state control, often called the New Federalism, was hailed as the "devolution revolution" and is at the very heart of conservative and Tea Party rhetoric today. For House Republicans, this week may be a major test as to whether their devotion to state's rights is a foundational principle for which they stand, or mere hypocritical rhetoric to be tossed aside when a few major corporations want to improve their bottom line and crush state and local democratic decision-making. What brings this issue dramatically forward is a bill that the House may vote on in the coming week. Introduced by Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo at the behest of Monsanto and other chemical and big agribusiness companies, this bill (H.R. 1599) is often referred to as the "Denying Americans the Right to Know or DARK Act." As written, H.R. ...
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State Fish and Wildlife northern Puget Sound king fishery catch estimates 25.7.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Salmon anglers like statistics to go along with their fishing endeavors, and here are the latest catch figures by state Fish and Wildlife on the northern Puget Sound hatchery king salmon fishery:   State Fish and Wildlife announced on Thursday, that the hatchery king fishery will stay open through Sunday, July 26 with a daily […]
Health Canada's lack of rigorous safety review is the real outrage 24.7.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Monday, July 27, 2015 Health Minister Rona Ambrose is "outraged" by the Supreme Court's recent ruling on medical marijuana. Other are outraged at Ambrose's claim that Health Canada requires rigorous safety reviews. Chip in to keep stories like these ...
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'Corporate Influence Has Won': House Passes Anti-GMO Labeling Bill 24.7.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Latest state Fish and Wildlife coastal salmon catch data shows plenty of good ocean fishing action 24.7.2015 Seattle Times: Politics
Here is a rundown on coastal salmon catch figures gathered by state Fish and Wildlife on how fishing success fared: ILWACO (Coho quota is 79,400 and chinook guideline is 15,000. Cumulative chinook catch is 2,063 with 13.8 percent of the guideline caught, and cumulative coho catch is 11,069 with 13.9 percent of the quota caught […]
Downtown Moorhead DQ makes up own rules for ice cream treats 24.7.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
The establishment is one of a few DQs in the country still operating under a 66-year-old contract that allows throwback treats alongside corporate-approved items.
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Moorhead's rogue Dairy Queen makes up its own rules for treats 23.7.2015 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

The Dairy Queen in downtown Moorhead has been thumbing its nose at corporate HQ pretty much since it opened in 1949, despite some efforts from the home office to have the store mind its Ds and Qs.

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Palm Oil Is In Everything -- And It's Destroying Southeast Asia's Forests 23.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It was late evening. The skies were dark and dogs were howling. Into the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rescue Center on the island of Borneo rushed a rescue worker cradling a tiny bundle in his arms. He handed over the precious package to the manager on duty. Inside, with a face as small as a mouse’s, was a 3-month-old orangutan. Those who were there that day say there are two things they remember most about their first meeting with the baby ape: her intelligent eyes, big and bright; and her fragile left arm -- half of which was conspicuously missing.  The baby’s hand had been hacked off. “Infant orangutans, who ride on their mothers’ stomachs by holding onto their long hair, have incredibly strong grips. They do not let go,” Richard Zimmerman, whose organization Orangutan Outreach  helps facilitate the rescue and rehabilitation of wild orangutans, told The Huffington Post. “The baby’s hand was chopped off -- most likely to pry her off her mother.” Rescuers believe that the infant and her mom had been driven ...
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If we support community-supported agriculture, a caring society is within reach 22.7.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Please support our coverage of democratic movements and  become a supporter of  rabble.ca . Farmers operating Community Supported Agricultural ventures (CSAs) have created local ecological, alternative food systems. These small scale farmers sell shares to customers in the spring in exchange for a weekly supply of locally grown, organic vegetables and fruits that lasts for the growing season. But these farmers offer much more to the customers and communities that they ...
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Marijuana Growers Hit A Snag: Toxic Pesticides 22.7.2015 NPR News
Attempts to regulate chemicals in marijuana production often hit another problem: the plant's wide range of uses sets it apart from many traditional food crops.
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