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Is a GMO Labeling Victory within Our Grasp? 29.4.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Katherine Paul, Ronnie Cummins

Oh, to be a fly on the wall inside the offices of the top lobbyists for the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

So close to the July 1 deadline for complying with Vermont’s GMO labeling law, and still no court ruling to overturn Vermont’s law. Still no federal legislation to preempt Vermont’s law.

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Cooking up an Organic Future - Is a Check-Off the Right Recipe? 28.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Organic food and fiber in the US are growing despite themselves. Even last week Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program, touted the double-digit growth of certified operations in the US are now 21,000 with 31,000 around the world. While this $40+ billion industry is indeed exploding on the shelves in US supermarkets, only 1% of agriculture, in the US is dedicated to growing organic. This ravenous appetite for organic food and fiber is percolating into a frothy peak, yet we just aren't producing what we need to feed the growing hunger. The fact that Costco is buying land and equipment, partnering with organic growers to meet demand is commendable -- but it's not going to quench the bigger dilemma. A spark is needed in agriculture and the Organic Check-off may be the ingredient that serves up the juiciest future. Right now in US agriculture, it pays to do the wrong thing. Our tax dollars get funneled into farm subsidies that support the largest polluters, the biggest pesticides ...
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Could US Trade Threaten Sustainable Agriculture in Cuba? 27.4.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Ming Chun Tang

With limited access to chemical and mechanical inputs such as fertilizers, pesticides and farm machinery, Cuban farmers have pioneered innovations in sustainable agriculture out of necessity since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc.

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USDA declines to pay for cows, crops poisoned by pesticide 25.4.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has refused to pay claims filed by two Idaho families who contend its pesticide treatment contaminated their crops and poisoned a cattle herd. Instead, USDA told the families to file a lawsuit — a costly endeavor that could bankrupt the farms and risk the $70 million […]
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Fish hatchery hit with flood-borne ‘rock snot’ to reopen 23.4.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

BETHEL, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is ready to begin raising fish again in a hatchery in Vermont’s White River that was potentially contaminated by the invasive algae known as rock snot after being heavily damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene almost five years ago. At the same time, the […]
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Factory farms are doomed 23.4.2016 Philly.com News
Rising human consciousness, plus the rise of plant-based substitutes, will end the cruelty in the years ahead, says Wayne Pacelle, who heads the Humane Society of the United States
Destruction of Tropical Peatland Is an Overlooked Source of Emissions 21.4.2016 WRI Stories
Destruction of Tropical Peatland Is an Overlooked Source of EmissionsAdd Comment|PrintPeat drainage canals, combined with fire, are used to make land more suitable for agriculture. Photo by Nancy Harris/Flickr Read this blog in Bahasa Indonesian. Tropical regions face an emissions challenge from an important, but relatively little-known source: drained peatland. Peat soil, made up of partially decomposed, wet plant material that forms over thousands of years, is highly concentrated in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Bernie Sanders' Revolution Might Win in New York After All 21.4.2016 Mother Jones
The first real sign of what awaited Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic presidential race came two years ago, when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo found himself in an unexpectedly heated primary fight with a liberal gadfly from Vermont. Cuomo's opponent, Zephyr Teachout, was a Fordham law professor who volunteered at Occupy Wall Street and wrote a book about political corruption. Teachout considered the governor too corporate and too conservative. Cuomo paid her so little attention that on election night, she struggled to find a phone number to call the governor to concede. But Cuomo couldn't ignore the results. Despite losing by nearly 30 points, Teachout exposed a deep fissure within the state Democratic Party. She won 32 of 62 counties, carrying some upstate areas by more than 50 points. Her running mate, Columbia law professor Tim Wu, called the primary "the first of what will be a long-running series of contests within the Democratic Party which really divide on the issue of inequality and private ...
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Spring chinook fishing pressure rises on Willamette River in Oregon 15.4.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

With the Lower Columbia River spring chinook fishery now closed, anglers can still look at places like the Willamette River in Oregon, which is fair to good. The Willamette Falls water temperature was the warmest since at least 2004. On Tuesday, it was 58 degrees. The warmest water temperature during a 12-year span was 56 […]
Very conservative ocean summer salmon fishing seasons set beginning July 1 15.4.2016 Seattle Times: Local

Ocean salmon fishing seasons were finalized at the Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Vancouver Thursday that put a heavy emphasis on protecting forecasted poor coho returns. “As the result of the breakdown in negotiations in Puget Sound fishing seasons, thankfully Washington salmon anglers will have a good opportunity for quality chinook fishing from Ilwaco to […]
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A guidebook for corporate buzzwords 14.4.2016 Chicago Tribune: Business
The war against workplace buzzwords is a lonely one. To be a robust change agent in that sandbox you need to really drill down and shift the paradigm. RATS, I'M DOING IT AGAIN!!! Eradicating this nonsensical noise seems a Sisyphean task. Whether it's a colleague speaking perplexing phrases in ...
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Oyster hatchery sows pearls of wisdom on climate change 14.4.2016 AP National
WALPOLE, Maine (AP) -- Say "infrastructure" and most people think roads and bridges, not tubes and valves. But to Bill Mook, the black box in the basement of his oyster hatchery is every bit as fundamental as the basic facilities and structures that serve as a community's framework....
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Oyster hatchery sows pearls of wisdom on climate change 14.4.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

WALPOLE, Maine (AP) — Say “infrastructure” and most people think roads and bridges, not tubes and valves. But to Bill Mook, the black box in the basement of his oyster hatchery is every bit as fundamental as the basic facilities and structures that serve as a community’s framework. Mook, who started Mook Sea Farm 36 […]
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The "Dirty Dozen" produce with the most pesticides 12.4.2016 CNN: Health
Pesticide residue can stay on produce even after you wash it. Here are the top 12 most contaminated.
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EWG’s 2016 Dirty Dozen™ List of Pesticides on Produce: Strawberries Most Contaminated, Apples Drop to Second 12.4.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

Conventional strawberries top the Dirty Dozen™ list of EWG’s 2016 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, displacing apples, which headed the list the last five years running.

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Top 12 toxic fruits and vegetables for 2016 12.4.2016 TreeHugger
EWG's annual list of produce pesticide loads is out, helping consumers know what items to buy organic and what conventional items have the lowest residues.
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Fertilizer company rakes in $12.3 million in funding 12.4.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

WISErg makes a machine it calls the Harvester to turn food scraps into liquid plant fertilizer. The company works with universities and farms to test the fertilizer.
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Monsanto’s Evil Twin: Disturbing Facts About the Fertilizer Industry 11.4.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Ronnie Cummins, Martha Rosenberg

What do you know about the worldwide chemical fertilizer industry? If you’re like most people, not much. 

There’s plenty of press coverage and consumer awareness when it comes to genetically engineered food and crops, and the environmental hazards of pesticides and animal drugs. But the fertilizer industry? Not so much—even though it’s the largest segment of corporate agribusiness ($175 billion in annual sales), and a major destructive force in polluting the environment, disrupting the climate, and damaging public health. 

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Monsanto's Evil Twin: Disturbing Facts About the Fertilizer Industry 11.4.2016 Truthout.com
There's plenty of press coverage and consumer awareness when it comes to genetically engineered food and crops, and the environmental hazards of pesticides and animal drugs. But the fertilizer industry? Not so much -- even though it's the largest segment of corporate agribusiness, and a major destructive force in disrupting the climate and damaging public health. (Photo: Tamina Miller ; Edited: LW / TO) What do you know about the worldwide chemical fertilizer industry? If you're like most people, not much.  There's plenty of press coverage and consumer awareness when it comes to genetically engineered food and crops, and the environmental hazards of pesticides and animal drugs. But the fertilizer industry? Not so much -- even though it's the largest segment of corporate agribusiness ($175 billion in annual sales), and a major destructive force in polluting the environment, disrupting the climate, and damaging public health.  Learning the facts about chemical fertilizers and the companies who produce them ...
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Spring chinook fishing improves on Willamette River in Oregon 9.4.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

With the Lower Columbia River spring chinook fishery now closed, many anglers still in hot pursuit of these tasty fish will direct their efforts on tributaries like the Willamette River in Oregon, which has started to improve. Water temperature at Willamette Falls was 55 degrees with five feet of visibility. Here are the latest catch […]
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