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List of planned 2016-17 salmon fishing seasons for marine and freshwater areas 27.5.2016 Seattle Times: Local

Anglers can start to make plans to head out salmon fishing this summer in Puget Sound and many other freshwater areas. “Conservation is key in developing these fisheries, especially in a year with such low returns expected back to the Sound,” John Long, the state Fish and Wildlife leader salmon policy coordinator said in a […]
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How Nanotechnology Can Help Us Grow More Food Using Less Energy and Water 26.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Ramesh Raliya , Washington University in St Louis and Pratim Biswas , Washington University in St Louis With the world's population expected to exceed nine billion by 2050 , scientists are working to develop new ways to meet rising global demand for food, energy and water without increasing the strain on natural resources. Organizations including the World Bank and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization are calling for more innovation to address the links between these sectors, often referred to as the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus. Nanotechnology - designing ultrasmall particles - is now emerging as a promising way to promote plant growth and development. This idea is part of the evolving science of precision agriculture , in which farmers use technology to target their use of water, fertilizer and other inputs. Precision farming makes agriculture more sustainable because it reduces waste. We recently published results from research in which we used nanoparticles, synthesized in our laboratory , in ...
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Seven Myths About GMOs Debunked 26.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Myth 1: GMOs are an "invention" of corporations, and therefore can be patented and owned. Living organisms, including seeds, thus become the "intellectual property" of the GMO industry. Using these property rights, corporations can forcibly prevent farmers from saving and sharing seeds. Farmers harvest crops in Chennai, India. Corporations that produce GMOs are not interested in a free market; they are interested in creating a monopoly over GMOs. (Photo: Vinoth Chandar ; Edited: LW / TO) A global battle is being fought over the future of the world's food. Hear from the women on the front lines in Seed Sovereignty, Food Security: Women in the Vanguard of the Fight Against GMOs and Corporate Agriculture. These seed keepers, food producers, scientists, activists and scholars are committed to building a food system that is better aligned with ecological processes, human health and justice for all. Order this amazing book by donating to Truthout today! The following is excerpted from Vandana Shiva's foreword ...
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Bayer and Monsanto: A Marriage Made in Hell 26.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Martha Rosenberg, Ronnie Cummins

The two multinationals that teamed up during the Vietnam War to poison millions of people with its Agent Orange herbicide—St. Louis, Mo.-based Monsanto and Germany’s Bayer AG—are looking to become one. 

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We Don't Know How Many Workers Are Injured At Slaughterhouses. Here's Why 26.5.2016 NPR News
Injuries in the meat industry are likely to be under-reported, a new GAO report finds. Workers may be sent back to the line without seeing a doctor, or may not report out of fear of losing their jobs.
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Bayer courts environmental bogeyman 25.5.2016 Financial Times US
Monsanto is despised by green movement for its status as the world’s largest maker of GM seeds
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Organic Trade Meets in D.C. as Battle Brews Over Standards 25.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It's "Organic Week" again in Washington, D.C., and attendees of the "signature policymaking event" for the Organic Trade Association (OTA) have much to celebrate. Last week, the OTA, the leading voice for the organic industry, announced that the sector posted its largest-ever annual dollar gain in 2015, with total organic retail sales growing by $4.2 billion, or 11 percent, to a record of $43.3 billion . "Fueled by consumer choice, organic is the future of farming," the OTA said in a statement touting the conference, which runs May 23-May 27. Still, the industry acknowledges that future is clouded by persistent supply shortages in the face of what OTA calls the "seemingly unquenchable consumer demand for organic." Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is slated to address the OTA Wednesday, to tell organic leaders that the U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to make it easier for new farmers to become certified organic and to help the organic sector with its demand problem. But across the country, in a ...
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Glyphosate 'Revolution' Growing -- Consumers Want Answers 25.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
They're calling it a glyphosate "revolution." Consumers around the world are waking up to the fact that they're living in a world awash in the weed-killing pesticide known as glyphosate. And they don't like it one bit. Over the last several years, some scientists have been warning that the long-touted environmental and health safety promises associated with glyphosate, the chief ingredient in Monsanto's branded Roundup, may not be as iron-clad as asserted. Last year's finding by the World Health Organization's cancer research experts that glyphosate "probably" is a human carcinogen sparked a firestorm that only grows more heated by the day. Consumers in the United States, Europe and elsewhere are now demanding that regulators step up and restrict or ban glyphosate herbicides - the most widely used in the world - to protect both human health and the environment. Glyphosate's current license for use in the EU expires in June, and the European Union recently delayed making a decision on extending the ...
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Monsanto rejects $62B Bayer bid, but still open to talks 24.5.2016 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- Monsanto rejected Bayer's $62 billion takeover bid, calling it "incomplete and financially inadequate."...
Bayer-Monsanto merger would impact many 24.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Frankfurt, Germany • Bayer wants to buy Monsanto for $62 billion, hooking up the German chemical and drug company with the St. Louis-based producer of seeds and weed-killers. The deal would create a global giant in agriculture technology touching much of global food production through the development of seeds and pesticides. Here’s a look at the deal and what it would mean for farmers, workers, consumers and investors. ——— Q: Who wants to buy whom? A: Bayer is offering to acquire Monsanto, which...
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Small Farmers Are Foundation to Food Security, Not Corporations Like Monsanto 23.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Vandana Shiva

May 22 has been declared International Biodiversity Day by the United Nations. It gives us an opportunity to become aware of the rich biodiversity that has been evolved by our farmers as co-creators with nature. It also provides an opportunity to acknowledge the threats to our biodiversity and our rights from IPR monopolies and monocultures.

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Bayer and Monsanto could combine plant, pet, people products 23.5.2016 AP Business
A merger between Bayer and Monsanto would put together two giant chemical makers, one focused on plants and another that also makes products for people and animals. Here's a look at their products, which have more than $65 billion in total annual revenue....
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Germany’s Bayer makes $62 billion offer for Monsanto 23.5.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

BERLIN (AP) — German drug and chemicals company Bayer AG announced Monday that it has made a $62 billion offer to buy U.S.-based crops and seeds specialist Monsanto. The proposed combination would create a giant seed and farm chemical company with a strong presence in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Bayer said the all-cash offer […]
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Seeds of Suicide 22.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Vandana Shiva

May 22 has been declared International Biodiversity Day by the United Nations. It gives us an opportunity to become aware of the rich biodiversity that has been evolved by our farmers as co-creators with nature. It also provides an opportunity to acknowledge the threats to our biodiversity and our rights from IPR monopolies and monocultures.

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Activists, Farmers, Indigenous People Rise Up to March Against Monsanto 21.5.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

Anti-corporate activists, organic farmers, Indigenous peoples, environmental groups and others took to the streets across six continents and over 400 cities on Saturday in a global grassroots march against bioengineering giant Monsanto.

"The fight against corporate control of our food is global," a food sovereignty campaigner with UK-based nonprofit Global Justice Now rallied the crowd marching in London.

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Cuba's Cigar Industry Isn't Ready for Its American Moment 21.5.2016 Wall St. Journal: US
With the end of the U.S. trade embargo looming, the Cuban government aims to boost production, but tobacco fields lie fallow.
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This Chemical Reaction Revolutionized Farming. It’s Also Destroying the Planet. 20.5.2016 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Wired and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Of all the elements that make up Earth's atmosphere, nitrogen is by far the most abundant. It is also one of the most inert. Nothing happens when you breathe it in, swallow it, or let it suffuse your skin. Nitrogen gas likes to stay nitrogen gas. But in the early 20th century, two German chemists, Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch, figured out how to pluck fertilizer from thin air by making ammonia (NH3) out of nitrogen gas (N2). You need energy, lots of it. The Haber-Bosch process relied and still relies on high temperature, high pressure, and hydrogen atoms ripped from fossil fuels. Ammonia from this process fertilizes crops, which in turn nourish you. On average, half the nitrogen in your cells might come from Haber-Bosch. "The Haber-Bosch process is one of the most important for humanity," says Mercouri Kanatzidis , a chemist at Northwestern University. But what seemed ingenious a hundred years ago ...
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Bayer's Monsanto deal faces German backlash 20.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Bayer’s proposed mega deal to buy Monsanto is likely to create a mega public relations challenge for the German company at home. Bayer faces a backlash against Germany’s biggest planned acquisition because of two products from the St. Louis-based company that are widely detested in the country: genetically modified seeds and the weedkiller Roundup, which uses a compound called glyphosate that some believe can cause cancer. “Germans view Monsanto as the main example of American corporate evil,” s...
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Bayer takeover of Monsanto would create a global giant 20.5.2016 LA Times: Business

Bayer's potential acquisition of Monsanto Co. would create a giant seed and farm chemical company with a strong footprint in the U.S., Europe and Asia, combining two businesses with complementary geographical focus.

But Bayer might have to shed part of its business because of antitrust concerns....

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If Monsanto Disappears, Will It Matter? 20.5.2016 NPR News
The German-based company Bayer wants to buy Monsanto. It would be the latest in a wave of consolidation among companies that sell seeds and pesticides to farmers.
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