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Rethinking the oilsands impact

Rethinking the oilsands impact | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
For years, industry and government have treated oilsands pollution studies like unwanted party guests — ignore them, and they just might go away.

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These articles address food, water and environment issues that relate to farmers and consumers to enable their personal and local control over those matters
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Roundup Ready Crops - SourceWatch

Roundup Ready Crops - SourceWatch | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Some of the many controversies related to the use of Roundup Ready (RR) crops are illustrated by the testimony of Troy Roush, an Indiana farmer, before Congress in 2010: [23]
"I have been using genetically engineered (GE) soybeans since 2000, when a lawsuit for patent infringement against my family was dismissed by Monsanto. After having endured two years of costly litigation that took its toll on my family, we decided that, in order to protect ourselves from future baseless lawsuits, we would make the conversion to biotech crops and began using Roundup Ready (RR) varieties for our non-organic crops.
"During the first few years we were able to rely exclusively on RR technology for weed management, applying glyphosate for burndown and again to eliminate weed pressure after the crop emerge. However, due to problems with glyphosate tolerant weeds, the skyrocketing costs of RR seeds and the price premiums being paid for non-GE soybeans, we have since returned to using conventional varieties on approximately half of our 2,600 soybean acres. The diminishing effectiveness of glyphosate, as demonstrated in the dramatic increase in glyphosate tolerant weeds, destroyed any benefit from the technology.
"Fortunately, Indiana enacted Farmer Protection laws in 2002 after my lawsuit with Monsanto to prohibit patent infringement cases where small amounts of GE content is detected in crops and fields. Without those protections, our return to conventional soybean production would have brought with it the potential of significant risk of patent infringement liability.
"In 2005, we first began to encounter problems with glyphosate resistance in marestail and lambsquarter in both our soybean and corn crops. Since there had been considerable discussion in the agricultural press about weeds developing resistance or tolerance to Roundup, I contacted a Monsanto weed scientist to discuss the problems I was experiencing on the farm and what could be done to eradicate the problematic weeds. Despite well documented proof that glyphosate tolerant weeds were becoming a significant problem, the Monsanto scientist denied that resistance existed and instructed me to increase my application rates.
"The increase in application rates proved ineffectual, and I was forced to turn to alternative methods for weed management including the use of tillage and other chemistry. In 2007, the weed problems had gotten so severe that we turned to an ALS inhibitor marketed as Canopy to alleviate the problem in our preplant, burndown herbicide application. In 2008, we were forced to include the use of 2,4D and an ALS residual, to our herbicide programs. Like most farmers, we are very sensitive to environmental issues and we were very reluctant to return to using tillage and more toxic herbicides for weed control. However, no other solutions were then or are now readily available to eradicate the weed problems caused by development of glyphosate resistance....
"As I mentioned earlier, I have now returned to the use of conventional soybean varieties for about 1/2 of my total acreage. That proportion of acreage will increase if supply of quality conventional seed varieties increases. While conventional soybean varieties have been very difficult to find, a number of small, independent seed companies are now beginning to respond to the demand. This year, I was able to find convention seeds from a small seed company that sources germplasm from an Ohio breeding program that allowed me to increase acreage in conventional varieties."
This testimony highlights: 1) intimidation and legal threats by Monsanto against farmers 2) lack of availability of high quality non-GMO seeds 3) the problem of glyphosate resistant weeds resulting from the use of RR crops and the resulting overuse of Roundup and 4) questions over the claim that use of RR crops reduces or eliminates the use of more toxic herbicides.
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Mood food: ten delicious and nutritious recipes to naturally boost your mood, ease stress and cheer you up

Mood food: ten delicious and nutritious recipes to naturally boost your mood, ease stress and cheer you up | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The best and most delicious mood-lifting recipes around, from roasted butternut and pomegranate salad to grilled salmon with avocado salsa and dark chocolate brazil nut cookies
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​The future of food: Crushed bugs, chemical elixirs and apps - CBS News

​The future of food: Crushed bugs, chemical elixirs and apps - CBS News | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
David Pogue samples the latest from the frontlines of culinary tech. including recipes created by a computer
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Supermarket price war now claiming food producers as victims - Telegraph

Supermarket price war now claiming food producers as victims - Telegraph | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Cost-cutting by the UK's largest grocers has squeezed the margins of its suppliers, driving up corporate failure in the sector while it has declined elsewhere
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Dr. Don Huber: GMOs and Glyphosate and Their Threat to Humanity - Food Integrity Now

Dr. Don Huber: GMOs and Glyphosate and Their Threat to Humanity - Food Integrity Now | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Dr. Don Huber is an award-winning, international scientist and professor emeritus of plant pathology at Purdue University. Today he spoke with Food Integrity about the dangers of GMOs and Glyphosate (Roundup).  Dr. Huber’s 50+ years of research and expertise in the area of plant pathology with a focus on epidemiology and control of soil-borne pathogens … continue reading …
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Farming on Water to Prevent the Effects of Climate Change - New York Times

Farming on Water to Prevent the Effects of Climate Change - New York Times | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Farms — with a duck coop, fish enclosures and a vegetable farm moored to the riverbank — are helping Bangladeshis live with rising waters.
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Neil Young Boycotts Starbucks Over Its Opposition to GMO Labeling

Neil Young Boycotts Starbucks Over Its Opposition to GMO Labeling | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
"I used to line up and get my latte every day but yesterday was the last one ......
The post Neil Young Boycotts Starbucks Over Its Opposition to GMO Labeling appeared first on EcoWatch.
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Simple Trick to Keeping Lemons Fresh For A Whole Month

Simple Trick to Keeping Lemons Fresh For A Whole Month | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Lemons have long been used as a living room, kitchen, and dining room decoration; why not? They are simple, bright, beautiful, and fresh.
That method is however wrong.
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Top six alkaline foods to eat every day for vibrant health

Top six alkaline foods to eat every day for vibrant health | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
by Angela Doss The typical American diet is a deadly one, consisting primarily of toxic and acid-forming foods like processed sugars, artificial sweeteners, refined grains, conventionally produced meats and dairy, and hidden genetically modified...
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13 Home Remedies for Acid Reflux and Heartburn

13 Home Remedies for Acid Reflux and Heartburn | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
by Jennifer Nelson – Mother Nature Network
 Acid reflux or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), which is a more scientific way to describe heartburn, affects 50 percent of Americans.
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World Parks Congress: call to extend no-take share of marine protected areas

World Parks Congress: call to extend no-take share of marine protected areas | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The world’s oceans need expanded regions where fishing is barred to help preserve fragile ecosystems and protect them from “a silent storm” driven by climate change.
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Roads vs. the Environment: Where the 'Conflict Zones' Are - CityLab

Roads vs. the Environment: Where the 'Conflict Zones' Are - CityLab | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
"Road Map" shows where economic benefits from roads are as high as the danger they pose to the environment.
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Giving Faces to Turkey's 1.6 Million 'Temporary' Syrian Refugees

Giving Faces to Turkey's 1.6 Million 'Temporary' Syrian Refugees | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
On Saturday in Istanbul, Vice President Joe Biden spent four hours talking with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, smoothing over earlier comments in which he suggested Turkey was not doing enough to keep would-be ISIS fighters from entering...
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Don't bother counting calories... it's the type of food that matters

Don't bother counting calories... it's the type of food that matters | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Dr Sean Lucan, of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, said that focusing on calories may ‘mislead and harm public health’.
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Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
I'm usually at my chirpiest first thing in the morning; some might argue, annoyingly so… Luckily, we're a family of morning people and on most days wide-eyed and talkative over breakfast.
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Extreme weather 'could become normal', warns World Bank report - Telegraph

Extreme weather 'could become normal', warns World Bank report - Telegraph | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
World leaders must take action to reduce the risk of climate change, the World Bank Group president says
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Environment losing in Vic election battle - Yahoo!7 News

Environment losing in Vic election battle - Yahoo!7 News | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Major parties have failed to release a comprehensive policy to address environmental issues ahead of the state election, Environment Victoria says.
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9 Investigates: Major water source could run out for 2M consumers - WSOC Charlotte

9 Investigates: Major water source could run out for 2M consumers - WSOC Charlotte | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
It may be hard to imagine that the Catawba River could run out of water, but some officials worry another drought could leave this region high and dry.
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Growing Coral to Keep a Sea Claim Above Water - New York Times

Growing Coral to Keep a Sea Claim Above Water - New York Times | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Two tiny uninhabited islets in the Pacific are at the forefront of Japanese research into coral reefs and of Tokyo’s claim to a vast economic zone.
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Fracking Approved in Largest National Forest in Eastern U.S.

Fracking Approved in Largest National Forest in Eastern U.S. | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Despite strong opposition from both elected officials in the affected areas...
The post Fracking Approved in Largest National Forest in Eastern U.S. appeared first on EcoWatch.
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Broadmoor Urban Farm gives students first-hand farm to table lessons - Kansas City Star

Broadmoor Urban Farm gives students first-hand farm to table lessons - Kansas City Star | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Starting this year, students enrolled in Shawnee Mission School District’s award-winning culinary program also are expected to break a sweat working on the farm: Every week students spend up to four hours of class time planting, watering, weeding,...
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13 Things Sure To Slow Down Your Metabolism

13 Things Sure To Slow Down Your Metabolism | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
by April McCarthy – Preventdisease.com
Every cell in your body plays a role in energy metabolism — the process of turning the food you eat into energy that keeps your heart beating, lungs pumping, and muscles moving.
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Apple Extract Kills Colon Cancer Cells Better Than Chemotherapy Drugs

Apple Extract Kills Colon Cancer Cells Better Than Chemotherapy Drugs | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
by Ethan Evers | Natural News Recent studies have discovered that natural compounds called Oligosaccharides, derived from apples, killed up to 46 percent of human colon cancer cells in vitro, and outperformed the most commonly used chemo drug by a...
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Pacific Islanders sail 11,000km to deliver message of ocean protection

Pacific Islanders sail 11,000km to deliver message of ocean protection | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A fleet of four Polynesian vaka travelled to Sydney for the World Parks Congress carrying a simple message: the ocean may be vast but it is not limitless, it needs protecting
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