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Dangerous Liaisons: ChemChina's Bid for Syngenta 29.7.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Protesters in Munich, Germany, demonstrate against "patents on life" by companies such as Syngenta and Monsanto, January 20, 2016. (Photo: Michaela Handrek-Rehle / Campact ) We all love to hate Monsanto. We also know that Monsanto isn't the only poison-maker trying to pass itself off as a "farmer-friendly producer of food to feed the world." Monsanto belongs to an exclusive club of dominant pesticide makers. That club, which includes Dow, Dupont, Bayer, Syngenta and BASF, is about to get a lot smaller. And a lot more dangerous. Bayer has been trying for months  to buy  Monsanto. Dow and Dupont are in talks  to merge . And Switzerland-based Syngenta may soon  be owned  by ChemChina. It's bad enough that  less than a dozen multinational corporations  (including Monsanto, Dupont, Bayer and Syngenta) control nearly 70 percent of the global seed market. If these mergers and buyouts go through, that number will shrink even further. The recent merger and acquisition in the seed and chemical (why are the words ...
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Want more dahlias than you’ll know what to do with? Use this fertilizer combination 28.7.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Mixing alfalfa meal and organic flower food to fertilize your dahlias will probably mean you’ll need to buy more vases for all the bouquets you’ll be cutting.
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Northern Puget Sound hatchery king fishery likely to stay open through weekend 28.7.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

The fate of the northern Puget Sound – commonly referred to as Marine Catch Area 9 – hatchery chinook fishery should come to light later on Thursday afternoon, but it now appears the season should last through this weekend. “We had to make an adjustment on our catch estimate (for Area 9) and so it […]
Fishing report: Better hurry if you want to catch chinook in Northern Puget Sound 28.7.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

State Fish and Wildlife is taking a day-by-day approach as they monitor the catch rates but a closure could happen soon.
Ocean salmon catches reveal fair fishing for chinook at all ports 28.7.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Here are the latest ocean salmon catch data provided by state Fish and Wildlife: ILWACO (18,900 is hatchery catch quota and 10,200 is catch chinook quota) 1,296 anglers July 1-3 caught 158 chinook and 1,446 hatchery coho for 7.7 percent of the coho catch quota and 1.5 percent of the chinook catch quota, and average catch […]
Debt-Ridden Puerto Rico a 'Corporate Welfare Paradise' for GMO Companies 27.7.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

An investigation by local journalist Eliván Martínez Mercado reveals that Puerto Rico has handed over hundreds of millions of dollars in public funds to multinational biotech corporations, such as Monsanto and Pioneer Hi Bred (now Dupont), even as the colonial territory's decade-long debt crisis forced

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North Puget Sound hatchery king quota could be achieved before this weekend 26.7.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

After just a handful of days into the hatchery chinook salmon fishing on northern Puget Sound it appears that half the catch quota was gobbled up, and more catch damage was done over the weekend. “We ran some numbers, we are not looking pretty for Area 9 (referred to as northern Puget Sound),” said Ryan […]
Lots of changes looming in late-summer salmon fisheries along tributaries of the Columbia River 25.7.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

There are some changes looming on the near horizon for anglers who plan to fish in tributaries of the Columbia River. Fall salmon regulation changes begin Monday, Aug. 1, and with the forecasted reduced coho run size, anglers will be limited to two hatchery adult coho – which was previously six fish – on all […]
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Paying farmers to go organic, even before the crops come in 25.7.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

The clamor for organic crops is so intense that major food brands, like General Mills, Kellogg and Ardent Mills, are helping to underwrite the switch.
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Horse owners sue ADM, allege feed was contaminated 22.7.2016 Chicago Tribune: Business
Horse owners are suing Archer-Daniels-Midland, claiming the Chicago-based food processor poisoned their horses with a chemical additive used to fatten cattle. The lawsuit, which is seeking class-action status, was filed Tuesday in a Chicago federal court by Beth Berarov and Annelisa Bindra, ...
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Pierce County slaughterhouse recalls more whole hogs linked to salmonella 22.7.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Kapowsin Meats of Graham, Wash., has recalled nearly 12,000 pounds of whole roasting hogs for barbecue amid a new outbreak of salmonella poisoning. It is the second outbreak tied to the firm in a year.
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Catch rates improve off all coastal ports, and Westport catch limit for kings rises 21.7.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Here is the latest ocean salmon catch data provided by state Fish and Wildlife: ILWACO (18,900 is hatchery catch quota and 10,200 is catch chinook quota) 1,296 anglers July 1-3 caught 158 chinook and 1,446 hatchery coho for 7.7 percent of the coho catch quota and 1.5 percent of the chinook catch quota, and average […]
Slow start for hatchery chinook in northern and central Puget Sound 21.7.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

The northern (Marine Catch Area 9) and central (10) Puget Sound hatchery chinook fisheries started off on the slow side, but some anglers mainly in the northern sections found some decent action especially off places like the west side of Possession Bar. “After the weekend we’re right around 900 hatchery chinook caught (in Area 9) […]
Mix of chinook, steelhead and sockeye puts summer fishing season in full swing 21.7.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

The summer fishing season is now in full swing, and options abound for a mix of chinook, steelhead and sockeye. The northern and central Puget Sound hatchery chinook fishery hasn’t been red-hot, but there are enough around to keep anglers going back for more.
Business News Roundup, July 21 21.7.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
A little more than a month ago, Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller said the German carmaker had set aside enough money to cover the financial fallout from its emissions deception. The company warned that scandal-related costs would consume a big chunk of profit in the second quarter, cutting into its operating earnings by about $2.4 billion. The company is scrambling to contain the damage after admitting late last year to installing software to cheat emissions tests on 600,000 diesel cars in the United States, and on 11 million worldwide. Volkswagen appeared to address a major piece of the financial uncertainty when it settled with U.S. regulators and car owners last month for about $15 billion, a record. [...] attorneys general in three states are now going after Volkswagen for fraud, seeking additional fines. The suits by Maryland, Massachusetts and New York allege that knowledge of the cheating reached deep into the Volkswagen boardroom, and that Mueller was, at the very least, aware of the ...
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Dow Chemical and DuPont say shareholders approved merger 21.7.2016 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- Shareholders for agriculture and chemicals companies DuPont and Dow Chemical have approved their merger. After it's complete, the century-old companies plan to break up into three parts....
Monsanto Tries to Build a Society of GMO and Pesticide Devotees, One Child at a Time 19.7.2016 Truthout - All Articles
On October 14, 2015, the International Food Information Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation released a free, 38-page, downloadable lesson plan called " Bringing Biotechnology to Life: An Educational Resource for Grades 7-10 ."   The International Food Information Council is a  front group  funded by some of biggest names in biotech and junk food: Bayer, Dow, DuPont, Coca-Cola, Kellogg, Nestle  and more . The American Farm Bureau Federation, according to  SourceWatch , is a "right-wing lobbying front for big agribusiness and agribusiness-related industries that works to defeat labor and environmental initiatives, including climate change legislation." The organization is adamantly against GMO labels, and even  spoke out  against Roberts' and Stabenow's deal for being too lenient. The lesson plan created by the International Food Information Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation is deceptively innocuous until Lesson 7, which includes the theme, "Where would we be without 'GMOs'?" In ...
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How to Make a Political Revolution 16.7.2016 Commondreams.org Views
David Morris

On June 14th, North Dakotans voted to overrule their government's decision to allow corporate ownership of farms. That they had the power to do so was a result of a political revolution that occurred almost exactly a century before, a revolution that may hold lessons for those like Bernie Sanders' supporters who seek to establish a bottom-up political movement in the face of hostile political parties today.

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Coastal salmon catch rates pick up off Neah Bay and Ilwaco, but spots in between remain marginal 15.7.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Here is the latest salmon catch data provided by state Fish and Wildlife: Ilwaco (18,900 is hatchery catch quota and 10,200 is catch chinook quota): 1,296 anglers July 1-3 caught 158 chinook and 1,446 hatchery coho for 7.7 percent of the coho catch quota and 1.5 percent of the chinook catch quota, and average catch […]
Keeping Secrets From Consumers: Labeling Law a Win for Industry-Academic Collaborations 15.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
You've heard the mantra over and over - there are no safety concerns associated with genetically engineered crops. That refrain, music to agrichemical and biotech seed industry ears, has been sung repeatedly by U.S. lawmakers who have just passed a national law that allows companies to avoid stating on food packages if those products contain genetically engineered ingredients. Sen. Pat Roberts, who shepherded the law through the Senate, dismissed both consumer concerns and research that has fed fears about potential health risks related to genetically engineered crops, in lobbying on behalf of the bill. "Science has proven again and again that the use of agriculture biotechnology is 100 percent safe," Roberts declared on the Senate floor on July 7 before bill passed. The House then approved the measure on July 14 in a 306-117 vote. Under the new law, which now heads to President Obama's desk, state laws mandating GMO labeling are nullified, and food companies need not clearly tell consumers if foods ...
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