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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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Spring for sale is a legacy of a long-ago love affair

Spring for sale is a legacy of a long-ago love affair | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
To see a Florida spring that looks the way Florida springs used to look, travel up to Gilchrist County, pay $10 and walk to the end of a wooden diving dock.
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Wow! I hope someone worthy of this amazing place gets to maintian it's beauty.

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Blacklisted: GMO Supporting Food Companies to Avoid

Blacklisted: GMO Supporting Food Companies to Avoid | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Many of the products that seem so good are actually just subsidiaries of the companies that were most complicit in blocking GMO labeling. Some of the quietly owned subsidiaries may surprise you!
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GMO listings and non-GMO listings

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The divine road less traveled

The divine road less traveled | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Spectrum™ Premium Non-GMO seed provides what many others cannot by KC Kinder, Freelance Writer It has been said that a man has not truly lived until he has lived for something.
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Here is more about a traditional alternative to GMO corn that may have even greater yields and be far better for the Eco system on a farm as well. This is a link to the details of the study:

http://www.spectrumseed.com/sites/default/files/performance-trials/pdf/2013%20University%20of%20Illinois.pdf

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"Superfuel" Thorium a Proliferation Risk?

"Superfuel" Thorium a Proliferation Risk? | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A new study in Nature says that using thorium as a nuclear fuel has a higher risk for proliferation into weapons than scientists had believed.
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I will be scooping more about Thorium. This looks like it has good potential as a power source. This is a pros and cons type article.

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Communities Grow Stronger with Fruit Tree Projects - Community - Utne Reader

Communities Grow Stronger with Fruit Tree Projects - Community - Utne Reader | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Fruit Tree Projects are helping feed communities all over the world. Here’s how the Santa Cruz fruit tree project got started.

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How wonderful would it be to go into your yard or local park and find very fresh food?

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U.S. Congress: Stop the King Amendment to the 2013 Farm Bill

U.S. Congress: Stop the King Amendment to the 2013 Farm Bill | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Right now, a House and Senate conference committee is hashing out the details of the 2013 Farm Bill.
Within the House version of the bill is an...
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Like to make informed choices of your own? You might then want to sign this and call your representatives. They do listen if they hear us loud enough to know we have their back when they go up against big money. 

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If You Drink Coffee, Here's A Fact You Need To Wake Up To

If You Drink Coffee, Here's A Fact You Need To Wake Up To | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
What's really in your coffee.
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This makes us think before we act. Also if your link has the Poop-Aerie commercial about an personal odor issues...this has to be one of the best commercials ever. They must have had SNL write it for them.

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Industry’s Secret Plan to Get the Feds to Kill GMO Labeling in Every State - Cornucopia Institute

Industry’s Secret Plan to Get the Feds to Kill GMO Labeling in Every State - Cornucopia Institute | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Food Safety News By Michele Simon With the disappointing results now in from I-522, the initiative in Washington state that would have required labeling of genetically engineered food (aka, GMOs), the looming question is, what’s next?
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We are what we eat! We always hear this...Is it true? Also do people have a right to know what they are eating and choose what to eat or should it be decided for them from birth or before. The farm bill and the new international trade bills may decide that very thing for us. Where is the outrage at being basically force fed?

The force feeding is held in place by legally forced  ignorance through legal suppression of facts about what is happening to our plants, food and  natural environment?

 

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Smart cities: innovation in energy will drive sustainable cities

Smart cities: innovation in energy will drive sustainable cities | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

'Cities represent three quarters of energy consumption and 80% of CO2 emissions worldwide, and represent the largest of any environmental policy challenge. Urbanisation is only set to increase, cities house half the world's population today but are set to host three quarters in 2050.

To cope with this continued urban growth we will need to invent new ways to manage cities and make them more effective. The convergence between digital technology and the world of energy, or Energy 3.0, will pave the way for a new ecosystem of services which will enable both a better quality of life and reduced energy consumption.'


Via Stephane Bilodeau, Lauren Moss
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I think local focus and efforts will indeed be where sustainability will come from in the long run.

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luiy's curator insight, November 16, 2013 12:46 PM
Empowering people in smart cities

In the same way that the IT revolution has been driven by consumer needs, so too will the energy revolution. As blogs, social networks and video platforms have enabled people to produce information and customise their content, new technologies will make possible energy self-production and customisation of energy usages and consumption.

 

Smart cities will also enable the use of open data which will create new urban services such as better transport connections, accident risk warnings and home monitoring for part-time and full-time carers. Local councils will have greater responsibility for ensuring the collection and the public availability of this data.

 

Furthermore, by leveraging this data, businesses will be able to offer personalised services for users, for example smart meter data could permit utilities to offer new tariffs, such as time-of use pricing which will encourage end-users to use energy in off-peak times when it is cheaper.

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5 Simple Steps To Looking 10 Years Younger!

5 Simple Steps To Looking 10 Years Younger! | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
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I scooped a sales bitch I want to get back to later and didn't have time to look over yet, so I collected it here. Helping Keep people informed with information than can help us select behaviors that make people and the planet healthy  is why I curate this page.

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Low big for sewage treatment plant project comes in under budget in Summit

Low big for sewage treatment plant project comes in under budget in Summit | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
SUMMIT, Mississippi - The low-bid for construction of a new wastewater treatment plant in Summit is nearly $250,000 under the budget for the project.

Via Sylvain Rotillon
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Here is some interesting local news for those in Mississippi!

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FDA issues new safety rules for imported food

FDA issues new safety rules for imported food | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
FDA issued long-awaited rules that require imported food to meet the same safety standards as food produced in the United States on Friday
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New rules for the safety of imported food.

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Former Pro-GMO Scientist Speaks Out Against GMO Dangers

Former Pro-GMO Scientist Speaks Out Against GMO Dangers | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Another former pro-GMO scientist has turned against GMOs, explaining how numerous studies have pointed to the ineffectiveness and dangers of GMOs.
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Interesting article!

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Where Eagles Dare (the Eagle’s Cut)

Where Eagles Dare (the Eagle’s Cut) | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A sea eagle snatched a video camera that was recording crocodiles in northwest Australia and captured footage of its 70-mile journey across the country’s remote landscape.
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Selfie Pics from an Eagle.

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GMO Field Trials: Contamination Concerns - The Epoch Times

GMO Field Trials: Contamination Concerns - The Epoch Times | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The threat of GMO contamination weighs heavily on American wheat, half of which is grown for overseas customers who say they will buy their grain elsewhere if America can’t protect the purity of supply.
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Disastrous examples of genetic contamination—including a 2006 test trial of GMO rice that caused $1 billion in damages—have made for a skittish world market. Especially in countries where genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are labeled, ensuring product purity is essential to keeping America’s $8 billion wheat export business successful.

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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, November 30, 2013 8:02 PM

This is a very serious consideration. But not for the manufacturers of the GMOs. It impacts the farmers, the regular folks. You know the GMO manufacturers don't care. Does the government care anymore than they do?

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University Corn Trial Results Suggest Non-GMO Hybrid Performance Is Competitive With GMO Counterparts

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Here is an alternative to GMO corn that is worth farmers looking into if they want to make a transition out of GMO corn crops. I do notice  there is no mention of which study is reported about in this article but there is a link for more details.

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What You Need to Know About Fukushima | News & Notes, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com

What You Need to Know About Fukushima | News & Notes, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Workers at the Fukushima nuclear power plant have started removing fuel rods in a new, potentially dangerous stage of the cleanup.
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Wow!

 

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For two years now, the plant’s operator and the Japanese government have struggled to contain an ongoing series of crises at the devastated facility. But the situation has the potential to get worse. Here’s what you need to know..............

 

Later this month, Tepco is expected to begin the delicate task of removing over 1,500 spent fuel rodsfrom reactor number 4, which was heavily damaged by the March 2011 explosion. The rods contain radiation at levels 14,000 times greater than what was released when America dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. It’s a highly dangerous operation that has never been attempted on such a scale before, and a key part of decommissioning the facility, which could cost $50 billion and take 40 years...........[Click the title to read more details.]

 

 

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Nestlé is draining the water from their village. And you won't believe what it's doing with it.

Nestlé is draining the water from their village. And you won't believe what it's doing with it. | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A "status symbol"?
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What we allow our industries to do matters. I reuse glass bottles. I use screw tops or put a cork to create my own water bottles from glass soda bottles from my own filtered tap water, The water and the sodas taste far better from glass.

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Classification CLP - Règlement CLP - Etiquetage des produits chimiques - Produits phytosanitaires - DPD - Syngenta

D’ici juin 2015, le classement de vos produits phytosanitaires va changer pour un système mondial appelé Classification Labelling and Packaging ou CLP.

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Classification and Labels in France.

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GMO OMG - Official Trailer

Documentary by Jeremy Seifert, 2013, USA, 90' https://www.facebook.com/gmoomgfilm Today in the United States, by the simple acts of feeding ourselves, we are...
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This Indie film came to our area last night and with it came the young film maker in person. You missed out if you weren't there! Whenit comes to a town near you and goes to DVD try to be here next time.

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New York City-Sized Iceberg Breaks Free of Antarctica, Could Threaten International Shipping Lanes

New York City-Sized Iceberg Breaks Free of Antarctica, Could Threaten International Shipping Lanes | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
NASA released satellite images of a 70,000-hectare iceberg finally breaking free of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier and floating adrift in the Southern Ocean.
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Keeping watch on the overall events around the world may let us know more about our natural story and future.

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America’s oil finds will not sideline Saudi Arabia - FT.com

America’s oil finds will not sideline Saudi Arabia - FT.com | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
There has been celebration in the US over the fact that it will become the leading producer of oil and liquefied natural gas by 2014. Some reports describe as the start of a dramatic reshaping of the global energy industry.
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Wow this is an interesting report from Arabia on American oil and gas.


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“Tight oil development is still at an early stage, and the outlook is highly uncertain.” This is because, for the production of tight oil to continue at increasing rates, the industry must overcome environmental challenges. According to the 2012 report from the US Environmental Protection Agency, fracking produced 280bn gallons of toxic wastewater, 45,000 tons of air pollution and 100m metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent global warming pollution.

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Levi's Wellthread stitches design together with worker well-being

Levi's Wellthread stitches design together with worker well-being | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The new Levi's Dockers Wellthread process creates a pattern for sustainability in clothing production.

Via Acquisti & Sostenibilità not-for-profit, Jocelyn Stoller
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Give thought to the production process and workers when shopping and we will all be better off. That moment of thought and reflection and sometimes a bit of research can really change our behaviors for the best.

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Urbee 2 to attempt US crossing using ten gallons of fuel | GizMag.com

Urbee 2 to attempt US crossing using ten gallons of fuel | GizMag.com | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

Urbee 2, the first road-ready, fuel-efficient car built using 3D printing, is the subject of a collaboration between design firm KOR EcoLogic, direct digital manufacturers RedEye On Demand, and 3D-printing manufacturer Stratsys. Their aim is to put the 7 hp (5 kW) three-wheeled, rear-steering eco-hybrid on the roads by 2015, and then demonstrate its capabilities by crossing the US using only ten gallons (38 L) of fuel.

 

The first Urbee, introduced in 2010, combined a fuel-efficient 5 hp (3.8 kW) hybrid drive and a 3D-printed body with excellent aerodynamic performance to achieve over 200 mpg on the highway. However, the original 3D-printed body was made using a great deal of excess material to produce strength without the benefit of careful designing. The safety of the car in a crash was also questionable. As a result, the Urbee was a successful concept car, but stopped there.

 

Stopped, that is, until the Urbee 2 came along. Urbee 2 shares the same general design, being a three-wheeled two-seater that is steered by a single wheel in the rear of the vehicle. It will weigh about 1,200 lbs (550 kg), some thirty percent less than the original Urbee.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Great new techology may be soon on it's way to us.

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Yet More Pollution Shame For China?

Yet More Pollution Shame For China? | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Thousands of fish have mysteriously died in a lake in China, in what could be yet another example of the pollution plaguing the country.
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Sad news and this matters to many people in China at all levels so I hope they can work to find a fix and make this better soon.

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