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GMO Crops Mean More Herbicide, Not Less

GMO Crops Mean More Herbicide, Not Less | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A new study finds the goal of reducing chemical use for genetically modified crops has not panned out as planned.
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But a new study released by Food & Water Watch yesterday finds the goal of reduced chemical use has not panned out as planned.  In fact, according to the USDA and EPA data used in the report, the quick adoption of genetically engineered crops by farmers has increased herbicide use over the past 9 years in the U.S.  The report follows on the heels of another such study  by Washington State University research professor Charles Benbrook just last year.

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BAGMO calls on the Government of Belize to recognize illegal smuggling

BAGMO calls on the Government of Belize to recognize illegal smuggling | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
PRESS RELEASE:   For immediate release. June 19, 2013 BAGMO calls on the Government of Belize to recognize illegal smuggling and planting of GMO soy to be an act of Biopiracy.
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Belize has banned trawling in Belizean waters, burned illegally cut rosewood, and burned rejected GMO corn in 2011, efforts at regulation and protection that were applauded across the globe.  It is with this same sense of urgency that we implore that a strong and swift message be sent to all those farmers who undermine the regulation of food safety and protection by smuggling contraband genetically modified seed, which has never undergone a thorough and scientifically rigorous risk assessment, the established policy of the Belize Government.

 
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Osun govt buys 2.5m tree seedlings to boost green environment - Nigerian Tribune

Osun govt buys 2.5m tree seedlings to boost green environment - Nigerian Tribune | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Osun govt buys 2.5m tree seedlings to boost green environment
Nigerian Tribune
The Osun State government said in Ile-Ife that it had purchased 2.5 million seedlings of various tree species to boost its green environment programme tagged: Igi-Iye.
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This sounds like a great boost to a green effort. Now if they have selected  enough nuts, berry and fruit trees they will also help feed Nigeria

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The terrible price of ag-gag laws

The terrible price of ag-gag laws | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Bollard: When the "pink slime" scandal exploded online last March, Iowa Gov. Terry Brandstad called a press conference.
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After dismissing the public's concerns about "pink slime," agribusiness is now trying to stop the public from learning about practices like this in the first place.

Nationwide, agribusiness is pushing "ag-gag" laws to stop undercover filming at slaughterhouses and on farms. Earlier this month, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam courageously vetoed his state's proposed ag-gag law. But six states have already passed such laws, and five more, including Pennsylvania and North Carolina, are still considering them. (A proposed New York ag-gag law died in committee last year.)

 



Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/terrible-price-ag-gag-laws-article-1.1346292#ixzz2XgfncrL4

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Global shock over award of World Food Prize to GM executives on Independent Catholic News

Global shock over award of World Food Prize to GM executives on Independent Catholic News | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Scientists and environmental campaigners around the world have expressed their shock over the award of the World Food Prize to GM scientists and biotech company executives. On 19 June, the winners of the 2013 World Food Prize were announced.
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We need an award for people's least favorite food groups. These companies most likely pay the group that gives this award.

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Tell Congress You Care About Hens - The Humane Society of the United States

Tell Congress You Care About Hens - The Humane Society of the United States | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Urge support for the Denham-Schrader amendment to the Farm Bill -- legislation to give hundreds of millions of hens a better life. Take action now!
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Here is where to click to tqke action.

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World Scientists Statement

World Scientists Statement | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Open Letter from World Scientists to All Governments Concerning Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
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Thought I would put this open letter and the names so far up for review.Do you think life should be patented? 

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800 Scientists Demand Global GMO “Experiment” End

800 Scientists Demand Global GMO “Experiment” End | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
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Here is the update from natural news about The Institute of Science in Society:


They also want patents on organisms, cell lines, and living things revoked and banned. Such patents (a sort of corporate version of “playing God,”) “threaten food security, sanction biopiracy of indigenous knowledge and genetic resources, violate basic human rights and dignity, compromise healthcare, impede medical and scientific research and are against the welfare of animals.”

And as Anthony Gucciardi recently detailed on NaturalSociety, this would be bad news for Monsanto following the recent Supreme Court decision that they have the ‘right’ to patent life.

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The Center for Public Integrity: Tornado shelter firm lobbies up for federal tax relief

The Center for Public Integrity: Tornado shelter firm lobbies up for federal tax relief | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
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Tax Relief that makes sense. It might be even wiser to just flat out take tax dollars to build frequent centrally located shelters on each street.

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Senate's new farm bill will waste billions on subsidies, critics say

Senate's new farm bill will waste billions on subsidies, critics say | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Crop insurance subsidies help farmers survive tough years, all agree. But critics say they are much too generous – and Congress could increase them further in its new farm bill.
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The crops that have the most GMOs are the ones that are very costly and backed by TAX dollars. Monsanto and other biotechs intend to get their money from year to year even if the crops are weak or fail. Last year wheat had not been approved for GMO other than trial fields.

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Does It Go Bad?

Does It Go Bad? | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Most products go bad. This site will help you to tell if a product has gone bad and how to store products to maintain their freshness and taste. (Hey, there is a website that will tell you if a certain food item actually goes bad or not!
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Here is a handy tool if you want to know when food has gone bad.

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1500 Acres of GM Wheat Trials Receive Okay by USDA | Farm Wars

1500 Acres of GM Wheat Trials Receive Okay by USDA | Farm Wars | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Did Monsanto really stop field testing GMO wheat like it says it did?
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Well, if you get caught doing something illegal it is nice to have people in high places just make it all right for you to do it.  Last week wheat was not approved and it was found that the wheat had escaped it's trail fields into natural wheat fields and countries stopped wheat orders. ... So this week the USDA decided OK it's approved even though Monsanto can not contain their wheat. No more wheat products for me I guess whenever I can avoid them.

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Red rape petals curb oilseed pests

Red rape petals curb oilseed pests | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Researchers say that changing the colour of oilseed rape petals could contain a deadly beetle (Red rape petals curb oilseed pests Researchers say that changing the colour of oilseed rap http://t.co/iGGcSmQHlm)...
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This is an interesting natural way to contain beetles.

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Don’t Stop Fronting: 9 Industry-Funded Groups That Promote Big Food and Big Ag

Don’t Stop Fronting: 9 Industry-Funded Groups That Promote Big Food and Big Ag | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
These groups exist to do the bidding of the giants in corporate food and agriculture.
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Here are some groups worth noting.

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Butterfly decline signals trouble in environment - Washington Post (blog)

Butterfly decline signals trouble in environment - Washington Post (blog) | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Butterfly decline signals trouble in environment
Washington Post (blog)
Butterflies are the essence of cool in the insect world, a favorite muse for poets and songwriters who hold them up as symbols of love, beauty, transformation and good fortune.
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Every loss of species saddens the world a little bit. Hopefully we will soon find a way to prevent these loses.

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Monsanto Abusing Illegal Workers in 'Slave-Like' Conditions

Monsanto Abusing Illegal Workers in 'Slave-Like' Conditions | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A shocking new report has revealed Monsanto's illegal 'slave-like' working conditions -- they also create GMO crops and roundup.
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Here is something to watch for I have not run across before. These slave like conditions would most likely not have occured without some local help so if this is true I hope some people will investigate further. The article also has some older information to review that most who are following this topic will have heard before and is always worth remembering.

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India's seed saviour goes against the corporate grain – in pictures

India's seed saviour goes against the corporate grain – in pictures | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Debal Deb, a scientist who is building a seed bank in India's Odisha state, has helped to preserve 920 varieties of indigenous rice (India's seed saviour goes against the corporate grain – in pictures
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Here is the one to give the world food prize to!

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Soylent crowdfunding campaign attracts $755K so people can survive without food - VentureBeat

Soylent crowdfunding campaign attracts $755K so people can survive without food VentureBeat The crowdfunding campaign for Soylent raked in $754,498, greatly exceeding its $100,000 goal and bringing humanity one step closer to an existence that...
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If you are old enough to remember an old Charlton Heston  movie called Soylent Green then the name of this food project sends chills up your back. The project sounds worth  thinking about because many people do go without and others eat way too much junk pretending to be food.

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Fracking fuels water battles - Politico

Fracking fuels water battles - Politico | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Politico
Fracking fuels water battles
Politico
The latest domestic energy boom is sweeping through some of the nation's driest pockets, drawing millions of gallons of water to unlock oil and gas reserves from beneath the Earth's surface.
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Here is the other debate about fracking for fuel.

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Breast Cancer Patients Declare Victory as Supreme Court Bars Patenting of Human Genes

Breast Cancer Patients Declare Victory as Supreme Court Bars Patenting of Human Genes | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
In a major victory for women’s health, the Supreme Court has ruled 9-0 that isolated human genes may not be patented. The case concerned the firm Myriad Genetics’ patent on genes linked to higher risks of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.
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If you want more wins for humanity and the planet like this one then keep up with the patent issues or these wins will not happen and the world will have a right to blame us for not standing up in a land where people can still have a voice if they don't refuse to use it.

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Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D.: Dreaming in the Digital Age: The Impact of New Database Technologies

Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D.: Dreaming in the Digital Age: The Impact of New Database Technologies | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
If privacy protection is taken as the shared responsibility of both the participant and the database host, the risks don't disappear, but they shrink down to a size that makes it possible to balance them with the upside potentials.
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In developing the SDDb and working with SHADOW I've tried to respond to these concerns by emphasizing 1) the practical measures we can take to protect people's privacy and 2) the benefits of becoming a participant in a large-scale database.

Regarding privacy, the participants can set the standard by altering or removing any personally identifying details (like the names of people and places) in their dream reports. Participants can also exclude any content they simply don't feel comfortable sharing. I encourage people to be as forthcoming as possible, but I always let them know it's their decision about how much to share.

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In developing the SDDb and working with SHADOW I've tried to respond to these concerns by emphasizing 1) the practical measures we can take to protect people's privacy and 2) the benefits of becoming a participant in a large-scale database.

Regarding privacy, the participants can set the standard by altering or removing any personally identifying details (like the names of people and places) in their dream reports. Participants can also exclude any content they simply don't feel comfortable sharing. I encourage people to be as forthcoming as possible, but I always let them know it's their decision about how much to share.

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Labels sought for genetically modified food - USA TODAY

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Labels sought for genetically modified food
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This month, Connecticut became the first state to pass a law requiring the labeling of food made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
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From Maine to Washington, a growing number of states are taking on the issue of genetically engineered foods, fanning the flames of a decades-old debate about whether the products are dangerous to human health.

 
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War Over Water? Dispute Between Egypt and Ethiopia Over Nile Grows After Violent Threats Made On Egyptian TV | Economy

War Over Water? Dispute Between Egypt and Ethiopia Over Nile Grows After Violent Threats Made On Egyptian TV | Economy | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
An excerpt from, "Ethiopia: Halting Dam’s Construction Unthinkable" by Marthe van der Wolf (VOA News, June 6, 2013):

Tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia are
rising after Ethiopia began diverting the water of a Nile River
tributary to...
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Water wars are going on around the globe. In America they are fought between cities and rural vs urban needs. In other places the fight about water use is between countries.

 

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Tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia are
rising after Ethiopia began diverting the water of a Nile River
tributary to build the continent’s biggest hydroelectric power plant. 
Despite criticism from Egypt, Ethiopia says construction of the dam will
proceed.

 

Egyptian  have proposed ways to sabotage an Ethiopian dam
project in talks that were televised live without the politicians’
knowledge.

An aide to Egypt’s president apologized for failing to tell the
politicians they were on the air Monday during the meeting with
President Mohamed Morsi in Cairo.

 
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Monsanto's False Advertising in India: Aggressive, Unscrupulous, & False

Monsanto's False Advertising in India: Aggressive, Unscrupulous, & False EVERY TRICK IN THE BOOK (all information taken from the new report: THE MARKETING OF BT COTTON IN INDIA)
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Some years ago I came to understand how this misleading advertising  had cost thousands of Indian cotton farmers everything they had and led to mass suicides. Here is the account of how that happened.

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Can online environmental activism deliver change offline? - The Guardian

Can online environmental activism deliver change offline? - The Guardian | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The Guardian
Can online environmental activism deliver change offline?
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An enduring criticism of almost any organisation that campaigns for change is that it is not really having an impact.
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 I have taken my passion local by doing as the local community does. They put things on their cars! I got some of the car window paint at a local craft shop. The kind they use at weddings and ball games and wrote "March against Monsanto" and "No GMOs on three sides of windows. I had at least 40 people ask me what a GMO is in less than a week. The main reason for most peaceful protests is to grow awareness and send a messages to those that need to hear what we think. Window protests are an excellent extension of clickitism and calls and letters to Officials.

 

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As reported in The Guardian on Monday, the Turkish Prime Minister denounced Twitter as 'a menace'. "The best examples of lies can be found there," said prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, "To me, social media is the worst menace to society."

Across the developed world, there are activist organizations starting to capitalize on the desire for people to create a new civic space. These groups – Move On, 38 Degrees, Avaaz, Change.org and Get Up to name a few – sit at the centre of the 'clicktivist nexus'. They have the good will of hundreds of thousands of ordinary people who are willing to take small political actions: signing an online petition or liking something on Facebook.

These small steps are important. Motivating people is not like a switch — either on or off — but a spectrum. People grow in passion and commitment, and causes build up over time. Lots of small actions contribute to massive change.

 
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