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The Low-Down On Sustainable Cotton 6.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NOTE: Authored by Gina Marie, author at TriplePundit. NOTE: Can we make the byline read "TriplePundit"? Cotton as a fiber is plant-based and as such is more sustainable than synthetic fibers. It is renewable and supports about 250 million people globally. Worn around the world, over 25 million tons of cotton are produced every year in around 85 countries. Cotton is approximately 55 percent of the fiber used in clothing and textile production. Over 60 percent of the world's cotton is grown and produced in developing countries and provides a livelihood for over 100 million farmers. But intensive farming methods are used, such as overusing water and pesticides, and those methods threaten the ecosystems cotton depends on. Cotton farmers are also subject to price fluctuations and increasing input costs. Conventional cotton growing is just not sustainable. "The indiscriminate use of pesticides is bad for the soil and has human health impacts. It's generally bad for the community," Anita Chester, head of ...
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China cracks down on illegal GM crops ahead of Syngenta deal 5.2.2016 Yahoo: Business
By Dominique Patton BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese officials have issued warnings to seed dealers and farmers not to use unapproved genetically modified seeds in the country's main crop belt, shortly after Greenpeace said it had found widespread GM contamination in corn. The unprecedented action by rural authorities in the past two weeks also comes as state-owned ChemChina agreed a $43 billion deal for seed and agrichemicals giant Syngenta AG , a move seen as bringing leading technology and know-how to China's fragmented seed industry as it grapples with a divisive GM policy. China does not allow cultivation of any GM varieties of corn or other staple food crops although it does permit the import of some GMO crops for use in animal ...
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Naomi Klein: Climate Change "Not Just About Things Getting Hotter" 4.2.2016 Truthout - All Articles
A salt truck drives through Times Square in New York City during the blizzard that took place on January 23, 2016. (Photo: blvdone / Shutterstock.com ) A week and a half ago, just as a blizzard was barreling up the East Coast, I traveled to my hometown, Canandaigua, NY, and before a standing-room-only audience of more than 400 at Finger Lakes Community College, had a conversation with author and climate activist Naomi Klein. Our talk was part of the George M. Ewing Forum, named in honor of the late editor and publisher of our local newspaper. He was a worldly and informed man, dedicated to good talk and a lively exchange of ideas. The forum brings to town a variety of speakers each year, some of them from the area, others not. The Finger Lakes region is a beautiful part of the country. As has often been said, it runs on water, and as I grew up, there was an increasing realization that what we have is an invaluable natural resource we could be in danger of losing. Over the years, the threats have grown ...
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Talking With Naomi Klein: Climate Change "Not Just About Things Getting Hotter... It's About Things Getting Meaner" 4.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A week and a half ago, just as a blizzard was barreling up the East Coast, I traveled to my hometown, Canandaigua, NY, and before a standing-room-only audience of more than 400 at Finger Lakes Community College, had a conversation with author and climate activist Naomi Klein. Our talk was part of the George M. Ewing Forum, named in honor of the late editor and publisher of our local newspaper. He was a worldly and informed man, dedicated to good talk and a lively exchange of ideas. The forum brings to town a variety of speakers each year, some of them from the area, others not. The Finger Lakes region is a beautiful part of the country. As has often been said, it runs on water, and as I grew up, there was an increasing realization that what we have is an invaluable natural resource we could be in danger of losing. Over the years, the threats have grown ever more complex with greater hazards revealed as pollution and development have encroached on the landscape. As a result, much of our audience was ...
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China seeks food security with $43 billion bid for Syngenta 4.2.2016 Yahoo: Top Stories

Logo of Syngenta on it's headquarters in BaselBy Ludwig Burger BASEL, Switzerland (Reuters) - China made its boldest overseas takeover move when state-owned ChemChina agreed a $43 billion bid for Swiss seeds and pesticides group Syngenta on Wednesday, aiming to improve domestic food production. China, the world's largest agricultural market, is looking to secure food supply for its population. Syngenta's portfolio of top-tier chemicals and patent-protected seeds will represent a major upgrade of its potential output.


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A "Probable Carcinogen," Monsanto's Glyphosate Most Heavily Used Weed-Killer Ever 4.2.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup, is now the most heavily used weed killer ever and its use has exploded in the past decade, a new report finds, a fact that may portend "a host of adverse environmental and public health consequences."

The new paper on the global use of the herbicide comes less than a year after the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified it as "probably carcinogenic to humans."

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Naomi Klein: Climate Change “Not Just About Things Getting Hotter… It’s About Things Getting Meaner” 4.2.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Michael Winship

A week and a half ago, just as a blizzard was barreling up the East Coast, I traveled to my hometown, Canandaigua, NY, and before a standing-room-only audience of more than 400 at Finger Lakes Community College, had a conversation with author and climate activist Naomi Klein.

Our talk was part of the George M. Ewing Forum, named in honor of the late editor and publisher of our local newspaper. He was a worldly and informed man, dedicated to good talk and a lively exchange of ideas. The forum brings to town a variety of speakers each year, some of them from the area, others not.

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Review reveals problems protecting workers from pesticides 3.2.2016 Yahoo: US National
BELLE GLADE, Fla. (AP) — Dozens of farmworkers looked up at the little yellow plane buzzing over the Florida radish field, a mist of pesticide falling from its wings.
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Review reveals problems protecting workers from pesticides 3.2.2016 AP Top News
BELLE GLADE, Fla. (AP) -- Dozens of farmworkers looked up at the little yellow plane buzzing over the Florida radish field, a mist of pesticide falling from its wings....
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Review reveals problems protecting workers from pesticides 3.2.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

BELLE GLADE, Fla. (AP) — Dozens of farmworkers looked up at the little yellow plane buzzing over the Florida radish field, a mist of pesticide falling from its wings. Farmworkers are supposed to be protected by government rules regulating exposure to toxic farm chemicals. But in this case, the breeze pushed the pesticide over the […]
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How a Public University Professor Collaborated on a Corporate PR Campaign 2.2.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Emails released through Freedom of Information Act requests show money flowing into the University of Illinois from Monsanto as food science professor Bruce Chassy collaborated on multiple projects with the company to counter public concerns about genetically modified crops (GMOs). (Photo: Late typing via Shutterstock) Former University of Illinois food science professor Bruce Chassy is known for his academic gravitas. Now retired nearly four years, Chassy still writes and speaks often about food safety issues, identifying himself with the full weight of the decades of experience earned at the public university and as a researcher at the National Institutes of Health. Chassy tells audiences that before he retired in 2012, he worked "full time" doing research and teaching. What Chassy doesn't talk much about is the other work he did while at the University of Illinois - promoting the interests of Monsanto Co., which has been trying to overcome mounting public concerns about the genetically engineered ...
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ConAgra completes private-label deal with TreeHouse 2.2.2016 Chicago Tribune: Business
TreeHouse Foods completed its $2.7 billion acquisition of ConAgra Foods' private-label business, both companies announced Monday. For Oak Brook-based TreeHouse, the acquisition further bolsters the company's position as a giant in the business of manufacturing off-brand products. TreeHouse ...
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New Documents Uncover Monsanto's Secret Role in Illinois Professor Bruce Chassy's Academics Review Website 2.2.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

The consumer group U.S. Right to Know today called for improved transparency and public disclosure of industry funding for and coordination with public university professors. 

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Chobani must stop pesticide ads about Yoplait, judge rules 30.1.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
A federal judge ordered Chobani to stop running ads that claim General Mills' Yoplait Greek 100 yogurt contains pesticides.
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Clayoquot Sound delegation takes fish farm fight to Norway 27.1.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
rey-2016-01-28a.mp3 Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. A delegation from Clayoquot Sound is heading to Norway, home of the fish farm giant Cermaq, with a message about the damage being done to B.C.'s coastal ecosystem. Bonnie Glambeck is a long-time environmentalist in the Clayoquot Sound area. She speaks with Redeye host Esther Hsieh. Check out our  website for more information about ...
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Opponents of GMO Labeling Could Face Tough Penalties in Dark Money Case 27.1.2016 Truthout - All Articles
The state of Washington has accused a trade organization of breaking state campaign finance disclosure laws by quietly funneling millions of dollars from major processed food companies to opponents of a GMO labeling ballot initiative in 2013. Washington State has accused a trade organization of illegally funneling millions of dollars to GMO labeling opponents. (Photo: Dark Money via Shutterstock) Fight back against the spread of misinformation perpetuated by the mainstream media. Help Truthout grow stronger by making a tax-deductible donation today! Washington State's attorney general has asked a court to penalize a trade group accused of breaking the state's campaign finance disclosure laws by shielding major food companies' donations to opponents of a 2013 GMO food-labeling ballot initiative. As Truthout reported, voters rejected the statewide initiative  by a slim margin after companies such as Monsanto, Pepsi, Kraft and Syngenta contributed millions of dollars  to the opponents' campaign, which set a ...
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Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation take fish farm fight to Norway 27.1.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
rey-2016-01-26b.mp3 Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. A delegation from the Tla-o-qui-aht Nation and Clayoquot Action are heading to Norway, home of the fish farm giant Cermaq, with a message about the damage being done to B.C.'s coastal ecosystem. Bonnie Glambect is a long-time environmentalist in the Clayoquot Sound area. She speaks with Redeye host Esther Hsieh. Check out our  website for more information about ...
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If Corporate Leaders Were Sports Managers, We'd All Get Fired 25.1.2016 Yahoo: Business

If Corporate Leaders Were Sports Managers, We'd All Get FiredThe debates are intense. The stakes are high. Experts from around the country plot strategies for the coming months. Lining the hotel ballroom are tables of sandwiches, snacks and soda to keep them going all day long. It's a serious expense, but the next year of business success is at stake. And yet, success has already been undercut -- by bad...


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ConAgra CEO: 'This is not for the faint of heart' 22.1.2016 Chicago Tribune: Business
ConAgra CEO Sean Connolly doesn't bemoan the challenge of turning around a food company known for brands like Slim Jim, Reddi-wip and Chef Boyardee. Since Connolly, 50, took the reins of ConAgra in April, the changes have been bold and the cuts deep. "This is a highly competitive industry," ...
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Automated indoor vertical farm will produce 30,000 heads of lettuce per day 22.1.2016 TreeHugger
This farmerless farm will also be soilless and sunless, instead relying on robotics, LEDs, and hydroponics to grow lettuce in Kyoto, Japan.
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