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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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China's Limits on GMO Corn Drive Rift in US Farm Industry - Wall Street Journal 11.4.2014 us - Google News
China's Limits on GMO Corn Drive Rift in US Farm Industry Wall Street Journal China's tougher stance on imports of genetically modified corn is roiling U.S. agribusiness, largely halting trade in the biggest U.S. crop in its fastest growing market. By one industry estimate, exports are down by 85% compared with last ...
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Gold rush threatens West Africa's cocoa future 11.4.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Joe Bavier and Loucoumane Coulibaly YOHO, Ivory Coast (Reuters) - A month ago, Bouafu Kouassi dug a neat circular hole in the middle of his one-hectare cocoa plantation in western Ivory Coast, and, sifting through the gravel on his shovel, found the unmistakable traces of gold dust. And as the story repeats across the cocoa heartland of the world's top producer and neighboring Ghana, the second-largest, it could do lasting damage to the industry. With high prices for the precious metal fuelling a gold rush in Ivory Coast and Ghana, diggers are scurrying to cash ...
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China Splits U.S. Farm Industry 11.4.2014 Wall St. Journal: Policy
Beijing's blocked shipments of genetically modified U.S. corn is sowing division between U.S. grain traders and seed makers over who should bear the ...
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California city turns up heat on Sriracha maker 11.4.2014 Yahoo: Business
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A small Southern California town has turned up the heat on the makers of the wildly popular Sriracha hot sauce, telling them that if they can't keep their bottling plant from smelling up the neighborhood, the city ...
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Organic Gardening: 10 Tips to Success 11.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Dianne Venetta for GalTime.com Organic gardening is the method of gardening that utilizes only materials derived from living things, ie. all natural plant foods and pesticides. Once you know the basic tenets of this practice, organic vegetable gardening is simple. And the payoff is enormous: no toxic chemicals, no waste, better for the environment as a whole, and not to mention a crop full of natural, delicious vegetables. Remember these 10 steps and you'll have a successful crop in no time! Soil. It all begins here. Amending your soil with organic material such as composted manure or yard and kitchen scrap compost will get your dirt off to a good start. The inclusion of organic material provides a solid basis of nutrients for your plants which helps to cut down on the need for commercially made fertilizers and improves soil structure making it easier for your plant to absorb the important minerals they need. Sandy soil will not hold its moisture well. Heavy clay soil may prove too dense for healthy ...
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'Monsanto, Koch Alliance'? GOP Congressman Pushes Bill to Block GMO Labling 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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Walmart's Making It Cheaper For America To Buy Organic Groceries 10.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
There's a new line of affordable organic food available at -- you guessed it, because their movement toward organic has been happening for a while -- Walmart. We've all heard the rallying cry of organic food proponents. They beg us to leave behind our affordable (but convenient-to-find) groceries, and replace them with more expensive (but healthier, both for ourselves and the environment) organic versions. But for the most part, America hasn't been able to get past the higher price-point to jump on the organic bandwagon. Walmart has recognized that 91 percent of its shoppers would be interested in purchasing organic groceries if they were more affordable, and on Thursday the company announced that it's going to finally give customers what they want -- a line of organic foods that costs the same as non-organic. Walmart embarks upon a partnership with Wild Oats organic food brand, together promising to remove the premium associated with organic groceries and sell them in parity with national brand ...
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GMO Pushers and The Art of War 10.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In The Art of War the famous strategist Sun Tzu writes, "The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent." Sun Tzu could write a whole new chapter about Monsanto and the other pushers of genetically modified foods, or GMO. On Wednesday, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) carried Monsanto's torch when he introduced legislation to block GMO labeling. Over the last two days, Center for Food Safety , along with Environmental Working Group and Just Label It, organized and participated in over 100 meetings on Capitol Hill, with dozens of "good" food corporations and organizations supporting the public's right to know what they are eating, urged House and Senate members to co-sponsor a bill requiring GMO labeling on food products. The bill, known as the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, was first introduced in April 2013 by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR). The public wants GMO labeling. In fact, a staggering 93 percent of Americans polled say ...
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Salmon fishing seasons set and should lead to a blissful summer and fall 10.4.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
%%%1ca1e1d1021800c79516252f3dc07b0a%%%Salmon anglers can start gearing up for another wonderful summer and fall season of opportunities in marine and freshwater areas.
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How Cargill cultivated greener soybean production in the Amazon 9.4.2014 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com

By teaming up with The Nature Conservancy, this leading agricultural company has helped to mitigate deforestation in Brazil.

How Cargill cultivated greener soybean production in the Amazon
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Farmers seek more rail capacity for grain 9.4.2014 Star Tribune: Business
They’re seeking an executive order to get trains moving for grain and fertilizer shipments.
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