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To many ordinary Iranians, nuclear deal means money, food and jobs 1.7.2015 World
By Parisa Hafezi VIENNA (Reuters) - To Iran's leaders, solving a nuclear standoff with the West might be a question of maintaining geopolitical influence and prestige. Years of tightening international sanctions, designed to counter Iranian evasion and secrecy and guarantee that Iran's nuclear program can have no military dimension, have closed hundreds of factories and halved living standards. If the deal will help me to find a job and feed my children, then we should have it." Over the last three decades, Iranians have become used to U.S. trade restrictions that meant some kinds of goods, from U.S. consumer electronics to aircraft parts, were simply ...
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Maui County's Ban On GMO Crops Is Invalid: Federal Judge 1.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Maui County ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops is pre-empted by federal and state law and invalid. The county's ordinance creating the prohibition exceeded the county's authority, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Susan Oki Mollway said in her order. The county, which is a major center for research on genetically engineered crops, will abide by the decision, spokesman Rod Antone said. Monsanto Co. and Dow Chemical Co. unit Agrigenetics Inc. both have research farms in the county. The judge stressed that her order addresses only the legal question of county authority. "No portion of this ruling says anything about whether GE organisms are good or bad or about whether the court thinks the substance of the ordinance would be beneficial to the county," she said. Maui voters passed the ordinance when they approved a ballot initiative last November. The measure imposes a moratorium on the growing of genetically engineered crops until ...
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Maui County's Ban On GMO Crops Is Invalid: Federal Judge 1.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Maui County ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops is pre-empted by federal and state law and invalid. The county's ordinance creating the prohibition exceeded the county's authority, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Susan Oki Mollway said in her order. The county, which is a major center for research on genetically engineered crops, will abide by the decision, spokesman Rod Antone said. Monsanto Co. and Dow Chemical Co. unit Agrigenetics Inc. both have research farms in the county. The judge stressed that her order addresses only the legal question of county authority. "No portion of this ruling says anything about whether GE organisms are good or bad or about whether the court thinks the substance of the ordinance would be beneficial to the county," she said. Maui voters passed the ordinance when they approved a ballot initiative last November. The measure imposes a moratorium on the growing of genetically engineered crops until ...
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Big Food and Chemical Corporations Spend Millions to Attack Organic 30.6.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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ConAgra to sell store-brand food business 30.6.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
NEW YORK (AP) — ConAgra Foods Inc. plans to sell its faltering business that makes store-brand food just two years after spending $5 billion to beef it up by buying the private-label foodmaker Ralcorp.
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ConAgra to sell store-brand food business 30.6.2015 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- ConAgra Foods Inc. plans to sell its faltering business that makes store-brand food just two years after spending $5 billion to beef it up by buying the private-label foodmaker Ralcorp....
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Oregon bumblebee deaths prompt state investigation 30.6.2015 Yahoo: US National
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Hundreds of bumblebees have been found dead in downtown Portland during the past two weeks, prompting agriculture officials in Oregon to investigate whether the die-offs may be connected to other bee deaths reported across the country over recent years. Bumblebees and their cousins, the honey bee, have been dying off at alarming rates. In particular, honey bees, which are critical agents in the pollination of important U.S. crops, disappeared at a staggering rate over the last year when losses of managed bee colonies topped 42 percent year-on-year in April.
'God Will Give Me Justice' 29.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When I hear the words chosen for the title of this article, I think of retired bio-chemist and high school chemistry teacher Blaine Malquist. This famous quote from The Count of Monte Cristo was used by the 68-year-old grandfather as he described to me his battle with the EPA , the Utah Department of Agriculture, the Utah Department of Health, and the Office of the Utah Attorney General. Blaine's story of negligence and lack of regulatory oversight evolved from years of pesticide abuse in his hometown of Nelphi, Utah, that first began in 2004 when Juab County Utah began spraying Permethrin as part of a mosquito abatement program. Juab County did this in anticipation that West Nile virus was going to become an issue. This declaration of war against an imaginary enemy (according to the CDC the number of cases of West Nile Virus in Utah are extremely low, just two in 2014 ) has resulted in the continual spraying of dangerous pyrethroid insecticides , several times a week in Blaine's neighborhood and on his ...
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Colorado beekeepers hope to turn trend of die-offs locally, nationally 29.6.2015 Denver Post: Local
Colorado's honeybee die-off reached a near-record 38 percent this year, mirroring the national 42 percent die-off — and spurring a widening push to plant flowers that nourish ...
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Read More: 20 Women Who Should Appear on the $10 Bill 26.6.2015 American Prospect
Public Domain In a speech last year in Kansas City, President Barack Obama said he received a letter from a nine-year-old girl that included a list of possible women to put on America’s paper bills and coins, “which I thought was a pretty good idea." In March of this year, Barbara Ortiz Howard and Susan Ades Stone started a campaign called Women on 20s to demand that the government replace former President Andrew Jackson’s image on the $20 bill with a woman from history. Now, the Obama administration is following through, although not in the way that the two women and the many followers they galvanized had hoped. Last week, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced that in 2020—the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote—a woman will appear on the $10 note, not the $20 bill.  Lew explained that the $10 bill was already scheduled to be redesigned to deal with counterfeiting threats. The new currency will feature state-of-the-art security and composition features and will ...
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Latest state Fish and Wildlife coastal salmon catch data shows stellar action at all ports 26.6.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
The ocean general salmon fishery remains very good at Ilwaco, Westport, La Push and Neah Bay with calm ocean conditions reported up and down the coast at midweek. The action off Westport was on fire on Wednesday when I made a trip out, and we caught our limit of four hatchery coho and four kings […]
World Health Organization Determines That Major Herbicide, 2,4-D, May Cause Cancer 25.6.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Monsanto's Covert War on European Food Security 25.6.2015 Truthout.com
Monsanto has begun literally planting the seeds of genetically modified organisms' spread throughout Europe. (Photo: GMO Seeds via Shutterstock) Truthout combats corporate power by bringing you trustworthy, independent news. Join our mission by making a donation now! Working quietly on the back of political turmoil driven by Western special interests (including itself) Monsanto has begun literally planting the seeds of genetically modified organisms' spread throughout Europe, starting in Ukraine and working westward toward the European Union thanks to a slowly but surely softening by regulators regarding GMOs, despite their widespread unpopularity. Regarding this American biotech company and others like it, and their attempts to infest the planet with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and in particular their attempts to corrupt the whole of Europe with their unwanted poison through a backdoor (Ukraine), has prompted Russia to speak up for their Eastern European neighbor. Up until the armed coup in ...
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Hillary vs. Bernie on Frankenfood 24.6.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Why would voters choose Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton? Food is a good reason for Democrats and Republicans to abscond from their "politics as usual" party loyalties and vote for Bernie Sanders, the 38-year Independent running against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic primary. This article deals with both candidates' positions on two issues that relate to the food we eat - GMOs and the Trans Pacific Partnership. GMOs and the Fight for Healthy Food Whether you believe that GMOs are good eats or not, you can't ignore the legions of people in this country who want to exercise their right to know whether the food they are feeding their children and themselves contains genetically engineered (or transgenic) ingredients. About 80 to 95 percent of the processed foods in supermarkets would need labels to identify that a GMO was involved in some aspect of its manufacture. I'm trained as a master gardener, so I have a holistic view of agriculture. One input or toxin added to the system has a cascading effect ...
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Palm oil isn’t the only junk food ingredient threatening Indonesia’s forests 23.6.2015 TreeHugger
Much attention has been paid to the role of palm oil the loss of Indonesian forests, but plans for other plantations are more bad news.
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On the News With Thom Hartmann: The "Monsanto Protection Act" Is Back, and More 23.6.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Do you want media that’s accountable to YOU, not to corporate sponsors? Help publish journalism with real integrity and independence - click here to donate to Truthout! In today's On the News segment: If approved, House Resolution 1599 would make it nearly impossible to regulate GMOs in any way, even if and when those crops are deemed dangerous for consumption; Pope Francis obliterated Republican talking points on the climate; scientists think cinnamon may be the next new way to fight cancer; and more. TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here - on the best of the rest of Science & Green News ... You need to know this. Pope Francis doesn't take his cues from Rick Santorum. Not only did the Pontiff flat-out ignore the 2016 Republican hopeful's comments about leaving climate change to the scientists, the Holy Father just obliterated Republican talking points on the climate. Those comments came directly from a leaked copy of Pope Francis' latest encyclical on the environment, which addresses the claim that God gave us ...
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"Jurassic World" and the Dinosaurs at the USDA 22.6.2015 Truthout.com
The new movie Jurassic World offers more than a few lessons relevant to the state of our world. The dinosaur-like regulations of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) were developed way back in the 1980s before many of the new biotechnologies were even conceived. The USDA fails to regulate even as biotechnologists deploy risky new genetic engineering and synthetic biology techniques in an attempt to meet demand for a climate-friendly "bioeconomy." The new movie Jurassic World offers more than a few lessons relevant to the state of our world. (Photo: Dinosaur Fossil via Shutterstock) The new movie Jurassic World offers more than a few lessons relevant to the state of our world. There is the obvious point about scientists bringing back to life genetically engineered dinosaurs with no real concern for the havoc they may wreak. Then there is the very clear link to real-world "de-extinction" scientists who seriously aim to bring back mastodons and passenger pigeons, while others are finding ever more potent ...
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China's Communist-Capitalist Ecological Apocalypse 21.6.2015 Truthout - All Articles
331 394 *Projected Chinese consumption in 2035 is calculated assuming per-capita consumption will be equal to the current US level, based on projected GDP growth of 8 percent annually. Latest year figures for grain, oil, coal, fertilizer and paper are from 2008. Latest year figures for meat and steel are from 2010. Source: Earth Policy Institute, 2011 How can this happen? What would the rest of the world live on? Already, as resource analyst Michael Klare reviews in his latest book, The Race for What's Left (2012), around the world existing reserves of oil, minerals and other resources "are being depleted at a terrifying pace and will be largely exhausted in the not-too-distant future." B. Airpocalypse Now Decades of coal-powered industrialization combined with the government-promoted car craze since the 1990s have brought China the worst air pollution in the world. Scientists have compared north China's toxic smog to a "nuclear winter" and the smog is also sharply reducing crop yields. Lung cancer is ...
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Early-summer fishing season picks up speed in Washington 18.6.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
The early-summer fishing seasons are gaining steam. The coastal salmon fishery is off to a good start; some lakes will be planted with trout in time for Father’s Day; and a potential record-sized sockeye run is heading up the Columbia River.
Aid Donors' Flagship Investment Deal Causing Hardship and Displacement in Tanzania 18.6.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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