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More than 100 Nobel laureates take on Greenpeace over GMO stance 29.6.2016 Washington Post
More than 100 Nobel laureates take on Greenpeace over GMO stance
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Weed whackers launch campaign against chemicals 29.6.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Linda Lewis and Peggy Weaver are bringing an end to some of the chemical warfare in Steamboat Springs. Tired of seeing chemical herbicides being sprayed on noxious weeds along some of their favorite trails, the women have started a grassroots effort to remove the weeds by hand. On Tuesday, they set out with shovels and Munchkin the dog in tow to eradicate some Hounds Tongue on the Lower Spring Creek Trail. After 10 minutes of work, the women had a large bag of noxious weeds to haul off from the trail. “It’s so simple, and we can stop using the poisons,” Weaver said. Weaver and Lewis hope their efforts grow more roots. The more volunteers they can round up, the more places they will be able to remove weeds by hand and prevent from being sprayed by herbicides. The volunteers, who see the chemical spraying as a health hazard, have received the blessing of the city of Steamboat Springs to work along the Spring Creek and Sanctuary trails. Their efforts come months after they received 600 to 700 signatures on ...
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Senate Democrats block GOP's Zika funding bill 28.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a Republican proposal to provide $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus, faulting the GOP for packing the measure with restrictions on Planned Parenthood money and changes to policies on pesticide spraying.

The nearly party-line 52-48 vote Tuesday left the Senate...

Millions of Dead Bees in D.C. Send S.O.S. for Pollinators 20.6.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Food Safety National Pollinator Week begins today as beekeepers, farmers, scientists, food movement advocates and consumers around the country elevate the plight of bees and other important pollinators. Center for Food Safety has joined several beekeeping, farming, and food advocacy representatives in a national tour to raise awareness on pollinator declines and to demand government action on regulating the use of the toxic pesticides that contribute to their decline. The Keep the Hives Alive Tour makes its final stop during Pollinator Week in Washington ...
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Judge rules: no right to know hazardous pesticide ingredients 16.6.2016 Environmental News Network
A federal judge has ruled that the US Environmental Protection Agency is under no obligation to force pesticide makers to disclose supposedly 'inert' ingredients in their products - even where those ingredients are seriously hazardous to health or environment.
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Women lead the fight against corporate agriculture around the world 16.6.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
June 16, 2016 Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Around the world, women are pushing back against GMOs and corporate agriculture and building a food system that promotes health and justice for ...
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The EPA has deemed the drinking water toxic in these three Colorado towns 16.6.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
Invisible toxic chemicals are contaminating drinking water for 80,000 people south of Colorado Springs, one of 63 areas nationwide where the chemicals widely used to fight petroleum fires have been measured at levels the EPA deems dangerous.
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Will the New Monsanto Doctrine Hijack Democracy in Epic Hawaii GMO Ruling? 16.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On June 15 a panel of federal judges from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will meet in Honolulu to hear oral arguments that are likely to result in the most important environmental legal decision of our time. The hearing involves recent Federal District Court decisions that took the draconian step of intervening to invalidate public safety laws in three different Hawaii counties. The laws had been passed to protect the basic civil rights of citizens to a safe environment by regulating the toxic pesticides that are being sprayed on hundreds of experimental GMO test sites across the islands. If these rulings are not overturned by the Appellate or Supreme Court, then the precedent set by an activist Hawaii Federal District Court on behalf of the six largest agrochemical companies on earth could create the environmental equivalent of a Citizens United decision. Few Americans were aware of the implications of the "corporate-personhood" creating Citizens United decision until it became enshrined into case ...
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Landmark Study Shows Our Bodies are Rife with Cancer-Causing Chemicals 14.6.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

The first inventory of its kind has found that hundreds of cancer-causing chemicals are building up in the bodies of Americans.

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National Keep the Hives Alive Tour Brings Urgency to Global Pollinator Decline 14.6.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Friends of the Earth The Keep the Hives Alive Tour kicks off today to raise awareness about the plight of mass bee die-offs and other pollinators. The tour is organized by beekeepers, farmers, farmworkers, scientists and advocates and will stop in South Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina before and during National Pollinator Week, June ...
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Make Food About Nutrition, Nature and Livelihoods 10.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Poorer countries have health problems because of lack of food. Then as people get rich, they end up losing the health advantage of food availability. They eat processed food that is high in salt, sugar and fat, which make them obese and ill. It is only when societies get very rich, that they rediscover the benefits of eating real food and value sustainability. Then it becomes difficult to reverse the cycle as the business of food takes over. In my country -- India -- ironically it is happening all at once. We have a huge challenge of malnourishment and now a growing battle with the bulge and its associated diseases of diabetes, hypertension. But we also have an advantage -- we have still not lost our culture of real food. The nutrition, nature and livelihood connection still exists as Indians eat local, nutritious, home-cooked meals, which are more than often frugal. But this is because we are poor. The question and challenge is if we can continue to eat healthy meals that are sourced from bio-diverse ...
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Greenpeace Comment: EU Vote on Glyphosate Extension 6.6.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

The European Commission has failed to secure sufficient support from EU governments for its proposal to extend a licence for glyphosate by up to 18 months. The outcome shows that governments remain sceptical about the continued use of the controversial weedkiller, said Greenpeace.

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Photo: The inquisitive gaze of a peregrine falcon 4.6.2016 TreeHugger
A beautiful female raptor, offering a tilt of the head that seems to say "hmmm?"
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The History of Humanity’s Bloody War Against the Mosquito 3.6.2016 Wired Top Stories
The History of Humanity’s Bloody War Against the Mosquito
From malaria to Zika, mosquitoes have been the primary vector of human suffering for centuries. Here's how people have fought back. The post The History of Humanity's Bloody War Against the Mosquito appeared first on WIRED.
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To tame a 'wave' of invasive bugs, Park Service introduces predator beetles 2.6.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The forest at Great Smoky Mountains National Park is sick, infected by invasive aphid-like bugs. To help save the trees, the park's vegetation crew uses pesticides as well as a tiny beetle from Asia.
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Is Buying Organic Really Worth It? 1.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Buying organic food typically involves shelling out a premium. But is the extra pinch to the pocket actually worth it? Last week, a Department of Agriculture report revealed just how much it really costs to shop organic. Organic eggs, milk and salad greens can cost upwards of 60 percent more than conventional alternatives, while items like apples, carrots, granola and spinach carry premiums of between 7 and 30 percent, the study said. Producing organic food tends to be  costlier along every part of the supply chain -- including farming practices that usually require greater labor inputs and segregating organic ingredients from conventional ones. Though there may be logical reasons for the heftier price tag, does it really make sense as a consumer to pay more for organic food? The answer, it turns out, is anything but straightforward. Here, we explore this hotly contested issue. What the heck does organic mean anyway? Organic produce, according to the USDA, must be grown without synthetic pesticides, ...
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Can planting more milkweed save monarch butterflies? It's complicated 31.5.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Conservationists have long blamed farmers' use of pesticides for decimating the milkweed that monarch caterpillars like to eat. But scientists say simply planting more milkweed isn't the answer.
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Can Planting More Milkweed Save Monarch Butterflies? It's Complicated 31.5.2016 NPR Health Science
Conservationists have long blamed farmers' use of pesticides for decimating the milkweed that monarch caterpillars like to eat. But scientists say simply planting more milkweed isn't the answer.
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Organic Farmers Are Not Anti-Science, but Genetic Engineers Often Are 31.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Opponents of GMOs, including organic farmers, are routinely being called anti-science. But it isn't organic farmers preventing independent university researchers from accessing their seeds, or ignoring scientific evidence of rising pesticide use and human harm. So, who are the real anti-scientists? Scientific evidence shows that the widespread adoption of genetically engineered crops in the US has led to an increase in pesticides used in agriculture -- and an increase in the residues of pesticides left in foods, among other disturbing trends. (Photo: GWP ) At one of the public brainstorming sessions for the New York Organic Action Plan, an organic farmer made an impassioned plea for support for "independent science" and told us that with 8.5 billion mouths to feed by 2050, we will need genetic engineering to prevent starvation. I would like to examine these words carefully to decipher what they mean, how those words are used by this farmer and by others, and suggest how the movement for locally grown ...
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Will microbes save agriculture? 28.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Right under our feet.

That’s where David Perry believes the next agricultural revolution will come from – the millions of unseen microbes in soil that play a crucial but complicated role in the well-being of plants.

Perry believes that he can repackage beneficial bacteria and fungi as something...

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