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A Poetic Exploration Of The Hunting Tradition In America's North 21.11.2014 Green on
Photographer Clare Benson comes from a long line of hunters. Growing up in northern Michigan, she remembers her father, now 82 years old, winning archery championships and reminiscing about his time as a hunting guide in the Alaskan wilderness. For her, the tradition of hunting -- and the rugged northern landscape that serves as its backdrop -- represents themes of memory and mortality, ones she's managed to weave in and out of her work for some time. Her series "The Shepard's Daughter" addresses her connection to hunting most directly. The images show Benson, her sister and her father trekking through snow-covered scenes, respectfully carrying the spoils of hunting trips past. She pointedly juxtaposes portraits of her family members lounging in contemplation with photographs of the animals they hunt, skin, cook and eat. Set in a vast world unfamiliar to most urban dwellers, Benson paints a picture of a hunting tradition we don't often encounter. The Shepherd's Daughter, 2012 The project, she explained ...
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This Thanksgiving, Don't Be Bamboozled by Butterball's 'Humane' Turkeys 21.11.2014 Green on
Earlier this month, PETA filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission asking that it compel Butterball to stop misleading consumers about its procedures for raising and killing turkeys. Butterball participates in the American Humane Association's American Humane Certified (AHC) program and can slap "humane certified" labels on its products, even though its turkeys suffered immensely before arriving on supermarket shelves. AHC standards allow producers to crowd turkeys into dark sheds that reek of ammonia; amputate their toes and cut off their beaks, which causes acute and chronic pain; hang them upside down by their legs; and then electrocute them. In other words -- it's the same old same old. Although the meat industry would like us to believe that we can have our turkey breasts and bacon everything with a clear conscience, that's a bigger load of manure than even a factory farm generates. It's a gimmick. The only 100 percent "humane" meat is no meat at all. It may make people feel better ...
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These Happy Sanctuary Turkeys Might Change The Way You Feel About Thanksgiving 21.11.2014 Green on
These turkeys are living it up this Thanksgiving, safe and happy on farm animal sanctuaries. Farm sanctuaries take in all kinds of farm animals, typically those rescued from factory farms or slaughterhouses, and let them live out their lives in greener pastures. They also devote a lot of time to advocating for farm animals, and many promote a vegan lifestyle. So what do these sanctuaries do to celebrate Thanksgiving? Well, it's still all about the turkey, only the turkeys are the guests of honor, not the entree. Turkeys typically get to chow down on squash, salad, cranberries and pie. After the turkeys enjoy their meal, the humans sit down to a Thanksgiving dinner free of meat, eggs and dairy. Lots of sanctuaries, like those run by the nonprofit Farm Sanctuary , also allow you to sponsor or "adopt" a turkey by donating in honor of Thanksgiving. Farm Sanctuary spokeswoman Meredith Turner told The Huffington Post that the rescued animals "serve as ambassadors for the billions of farm animals still ...
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Depending on marine location the winter hatchery chinook fishery is chugging along at a good clip 20.11.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
It was a very busy weekend for marine salmon anglers all across open areas of Puget Sound, and the catches should remain productive.
18 Stunning India-Based Instagram Feeds You Should Be Following 19.11.2014 Politics on
A photo posted by Subhash Chandra (@subhash_chandra) on Sep 9, 2014 at 7:34pm PDT 5. Hashim Badani: A self-described "chronicler of the mundane," Badani tends to shoot in and around Mumbai. Every once in a while though, the Lonely Planet contributor happens on somewhere completely surreal (see below). A photo posted by hashimbadani (@hashimbadani) on Nov 11, 2014 at 12:15am PDT 6. Siddhartha Joshi: This wandering photographer is another strong portraitist, whose subjects range from kids at play to the army men patrolling India's northern borders. A photo posted by Sid (@siddharthajoshi) on Aug 8, 2014 at 5:56am PDT A photo posted by Sid (@siddharthajoshi) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:22am PDT 7. @my_mumbai: This popular feed features work by anyone who tags their photos #my_mumbai. The resulting account is sweeping, well-curated, and -- for anyone drawn to the world's densest locales -- undoubtedly worth a follow. A photo posted by #MyMumbai (@my_mumbai) on Oct 10, 2014 at 2:59am PDT A photo posted by #MyMumbai ...
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Monsanto Is Using Big Data to Take Over the World 19.11.2014 Mother Jones
You probably know Monsanto as the world's leading producer of genetically engineered seeds—a global agribusiness giant whose critics accuse it of everything from boosting our reliance on pesticides to driving Indian farmers to suicide . But that's actually just the latest in a long series of evolving corporate identities. When the company was founded in 1901 by a St. Louis pharmacist, its initial product was artificial sweetener. Over the next few decades Monsanto expanded into industrial chemicals, releasing its first agricultural herbicide, 2,4-D, in 1945. In the '50s it produced laundry detergent, the infamous insecticide DDT, and chemical components for nuclear bombs. In the '60s it churned out Agent Orange for the Vietnam War. In the '70s it became one of the largest producers of LED lights. It was around this time that Robb Fraley, now Monsanto's chief technology officer, joined the company as a mid-level biotechnology scientist. Back then, he recalls, the company had its hand in oil wells, ...
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California Chinook salmon fall run slowed amid warm weather, drought 18.11.2014 Yahoo: US National
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The annual fall migration of Chinook salmon has been delayed by warmer water temperatures and slow-flowing streams in parts of California as the state's three-year drought drags on, hatchery officials said Monday. Cool November temperatures usually bring thousands of adult salmon from the Pacific Ocean into streams and rivers to spawn. ...
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Bid data companies agree: Farmers should own information 16.11.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Some of the biggest names in American agriculture, ranging from farmers' organizations to private companies like Monsanto and DuPont, have agreed on principles governing the use of data collected from farms.
Maui's GMO Ban Blocked By Federal Judge 15.11.2014 Green on
HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge says Maui County may not implement a new law banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms until he can consider arguments in a lawsuit against the measure.

Judge Barry Kurren said Friday that both sides have agreed to delay the date the law goes into effect. Monsanto Co. and a unit of Dow Chemical Co. sued the county earlier this week to stop the law. Local businesses joined the lawsuit.

Maui voters passed a ballot initiative last week creating the law. The measure was to take effect after officials certified the election results. That was expected late this month.

Kenneth Robbins, an attorney for the plaintiffs, says Kurren is saying the plaintiffs have shown they could potentially suffer irreparable harm if the law goes into effect.
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Monsanto, Dow Chemical File Lawsuit to Destroy Maui County's GMO Ban 14.11.2014 Headlines
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US/India WTO Agreement: How Corporate Greed Trumps Needs of World's Poor and Hungry 14.11.2014 Headlines
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Genetically engineered corn developers sue Hawaii county to halt voter-passed law 14.11.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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Monsanto, Dow Chemical unit sue Maui County to stop law passed by voters that bans GMO growing 14.11.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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Monsanto, Dow Unit Sue Maui County Over GMO Law 14.11.2014 Green on
HONOLULU (AP) — Two agricultural companies are suing Maui County to challenge a new law banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms.

Monsanto Co. and a Dow Chemical Co. unit filed the lawsuit in federal court in Honolulu on Thursday. They're asking a judge to immediately prevent the law from taking effect and to invalidate the measure. County voters narrowly passed a ballot initiative last week that imposes the ban.

Monsanto Vice President John Purcell says the law interferes and conflicts with long-established state and federal laws that support the safe and lawful cultivation of GMO plants.

The initiative's authors sued the county in state court Wednesday to ensure the county implements the law.

Maui County spokesman Rod Antone says the county is unable to comment because of pending litigation.
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Time for a Worldwide Agricultural Disarmament 13.11.2014 Green on
The so-called industrial revolution of the nineteenth century was a perverse revolution. It knocked down small-scale traditional industries and boosted giant monopolies. Millions of people were forced off the land and into cities of factories, disease, and hunger. Rural people and ancient traditions suffered the most from the violence of few men armed with large machines. This mechanized new class wanted all power. They purchased their way into legislatures, demanding subsidies and a free hand in the use of technologies, especially chemicals. In the United States the effect of industrialized agriculture has been thoroughly bad. The country has lost its character. Rural and urban have become nearly indistinguishable. America looks more like a homogenized territory rather than a society with great urban and rural towns and villages with distinct cultural and architectural assets. "Rural" America has become an alien country within a country. One sees an expanded Depression-era landscape: empty and abandoned ...
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Why the Soda Tax Is So Important 13.11.2014 Green on
Berkeley made history this November with the passage of the soda tax. It's the first city in the U.S. to crush Big Soda and pass a tax. Neighboring San Francisco is entitled to some bragging rights as well. The SF soda tax measure garnered 55 percent of the popular vote this November. More than 116,000 San Franciscans voted in favor of the soda tax. By my calculations, that's more "yes" votes for a soda tax than ever before, anywhere. Unfortunately, due to California's backward voter laws, SF's special tax measure needed a two-thirds majority to become law. In both Berkeley and San Francisco, Big Soda put gross amounts of money into opposing the ballot measures. But the science was never contested. This marks a major shift. We all now know that a can of soda a day increases our risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and of having a heart attack by about 20-25 percent over the course of a decade or two. Sugary drink intake has also been linked to stroke , high blood pressure , obesity , fatty liver ...
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Taxpayer funds save Congo plantation paying workers $1/day 13.11.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Development funds from European governments have helped to rescue a Canadian company that pays workers as little as $1 per day to toil on some of Africa's largest palm oil plantations in the impoverished Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Government-backed investment funds from Britain, France and Spain, designed to help poor countries develop, stepped in to buy 60 percent of Toronto-listed Feronia Inc for about $35 million in two separate investments in 2012 and 2013. ...
Back-To-The-Future Agriculture: 'Farming Like the Earth Matters' 12.11.2014 Views
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How America's Favorite Baby-Goat Club Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Farming in Africa 12.11.2014 Mother Jones
Francis Baah on his family's farm Peter DiCampo   Francis Baah didn't always want to be a farmer. As a little kid growing up in a village outside the small city of Koforidua, Ghana, he watched his father toil in the fields all day to grow corn that his mother bundled to sell at the market. And even after all that hard work, there wasn't always enough money to send Francis and his four siblings to school. Buy the book. Francis knew what people thought of farming. When an adult was a farmer, it was because he had been lazy in school. Francis was an excellent student; when his parents were able to afford tuition, he was always at the top of his class. He planned to go to university to get a job as a businessman or lawyer. But that changed the year Francis turned 16. A teacher at his school was starting a new club called 4-H. It was all about farming, and despite his misgivings, Francis decided to join—he made a point of participating in school clubs. To his surprise, he loved it. The club members learned ...
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What?! Fish Can't Be Organic? 10.11.2014 Green on
by Lisa J. Bunin, Ph.D., organic policy director of Center for Food Safety That's right. Neither wild fish nor farmed fish can be certified organic because no organic standards exist in the U.S. to regulate them. But that may be about to change -- for the worse. Why? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently proceeding with the development of organic aquaculture regulations that could allow wild fish and ocean-based fish farms to be certified organic. The argument against certifying wild fish as organic is evident: Wild fish can't be called organic because they are wild. Their behavior in the open ocean can't be monitored or controlled like those of domesticated animals. Organic farmers feed their livestock 100 percent organic feed, as required by law, but that's simply not possible to do for wild fish that forage and scavenge for food in the open ocean. Exposure to synthetic toxic chemicals or even radionuclides by wild fish cannot be prevented, given the presence of those toxins in the ...
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