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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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World Environment Day - The Environmental Food Crisis Report

World Environment Day - The Environmental Food Crisis Report | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
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Aquaponics For Vegetarians | The Organic View Radio Show

Aquaponics For Vegetarians | The Organic View Radio Show | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The perfect solution to being able to grow your own food is aquaponics. However, you do not have to eat the fish! All you need is knowledge! (Why vegetarians don't have to eat fish!
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Antibiotics Will Be Out of Organic Apple and Pear Orchards in 2014

Antibiotics Will Be Out of Organic Apple and Pear Orchards in 2014 | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The National Organic Standards Board decided the antibiotic tetracycline will be out of Organic Apple and Pear Orchards by 2014 (RT @TakePart: Antibiotics will be out of organic apple & pear orchards in 2014!
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Here's a "win" on a fight by the organic and health activist. 

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Pennsylvania Court Deals Blow to Secrecy-Obsessed Fracking Industry: Corporations Not The Same As Persons With Privacy Rights

Pennsylvania Court Deals Blow to Secrecy-Obsessed Fracking Industry: Corporations Not The Same As Persons With Privacy Rights | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
“In the absence of state law, business entities are nothing.”

Via Lynda Park
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 New Win! We can do it if we have the will to push back and remind corporate bullies and our officials it's the nation of the people, by the people, for the people!

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“The ruling represents the first crack in the judicial armor that has been so meticulously welded together by major corporations,” said Thomas Linzey, executive director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, which has helped 150 communities in eight states adopt Community Bill of Rights to limit corporate powers. “It affirms what many communities already know, that change only occurs when people begin to openly question and challenge legal doctrines that have been treated as sacred by most lawyers and judges.”

The Court’s ruling is significant because the fracking companies have relied on secrecy agreements with landowners to hide the environmental and........[.click the title to read more]...

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International cap-and-trade markets expanding – but still contentious

International cap-and-trade markets expanding – but still contentious | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
IPS: Groundswell of interest from countries such as China and Korea looking to develop carbon markets (Global #CapAndTrade markets escalating yet critical http://t.co/OVweGtEMPw via @guardian)...
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Epic Hot Water Fountain | English Russia

Epic Hot Water Fountain | English Russia | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The most epic underground fountain made up of hot water sprung on one of Smolensk city main square. Throwing tons of trash and stones as large as a building brick it found its way deep from inside of the ground and high ...
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UK sea protection plans 'floundering'

UK sea protection plans 'floundering' | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The government is stalling on the creation of a network of zones to protect the UK's seas and wildlife, MPs have warned (UK sea protection plans 'floundering' http://t.co/WlpKuvhknv via @guardian...
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DSM-V: Hoarding, Binge Eating & More New Mental-Disorder Diagnoses

DSM-V: Hoarding, Binge Eating & More New Mental-Disorder Diagnoses | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
From sex addiction to Internet disorder, Lizzie Crocker on the additions to the DSM-V, out May 22. (RT @nymtwit: In new #DSM gluttony makes you a candidate for binge eating disorder.
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Research Calls for U.S. to Triple Agricultural Research Budget: Scientific American

Research Calls for U.S. to Triple Agricultural Research Budget: Scientific American | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
To cope with a changing climate and increased food demand, innovation in crop genetics, including genetically modified foods, will be required according to a new report

Via SustainOurEarth
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Just think they can use our tax dollars to make food that they keep secrets about (trade secrets) and don't label so we will not know to avoid it if we don't want it. .

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Control of the Japanese Beetle

Control of the Japanese Beetle | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

In the United States, the Japanese Beetle entered the Country without its natural enemies and found a favorable climate and an abundant food supply. By 1972, Beetle infestations had been reported in 22 States east of the Mississippi River and also in Arkansas, Iowa, and Missouri. Since then, the pest has spread to Southern and Western States, but tough regulations and careful monitoring have prevented its establishment there. Without its natural checks and balances, the Japanese beetle has become a serious plant pest and a threat to American agriculture.

 

Click on the photo-link to read about what can be done to control this pest.


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Climate change included in US science teaching guidelines for the first time

Climate change included in US science teaching guidelines for the first time | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Final draft of nonbinding education standards 'buries' human role, but gives cohesion in introducing students to climate science (Climate change being cut from UK curriculum, but being introduced in to the US (albeit weakened from earlier drafts)
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Materialise the Future at DX - DX London

Materialise the Future at DX - DX London | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
See and feel your way through the materials that will be shaping our built environment at #DXLondon: http://t.co/aXi7Z554Mt #DXLondon
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Austria’s glaciers shrank in 2012: study

Austria’s glaciers shrank in 2012: study | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Nearly all of Austria’s glaciers shrank significantly last year, with one glacier receding a record 97.3 metres (319.2 feet), the Austrian Alpine Association ("Environment" Austria’s glaciers shrank in 2012: study: Nearly all of...
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Concerned About Unfriendly GMO’s? Try Friendly Aquaponics! | The Organic View Radio Show

Concerned About Unfriendly GMO’s? Try Friendly Aquaponics! | The Organic View Radio Show | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
As the demand increases for locally grown organic foods, more people are constructing aquaponics models of all sizes to grow their own food. (RT @GardNGourmet: There is a solution! Concerned About Unfriendly #GMO’s?
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Now the education and awareness info about GMOs hits the radio.

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From Ridge to Reef: An Underground Water System | Stories | WWF

From Ridge to Reef: An Underground Water System | Stories | WWF | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
RT @World_Wildlife: Oceanographer Judith Morales explores an underground labyrinth of rivers, streams and sinkholes http://t.co/H8dh46RM9E
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This is an interesting trip. Enjoy!

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Look Out Monsanto: The Global Food Movement Is Rising

Look Out Monsanto: The Global Food Movement Is Rising | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
'Have you ever wondered how many tons of tomatoes a picker needs to pick each day to earn minimum wage?' Daniel Moss, Yes!
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Taking ownership of the food back to the people. Standing up for your rights to a decent life is also a good thing.

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New Childhood Allergy Guidelines - Fashion Central

New Childhood Allergy Guidelines - Fashion Central | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Due to food allergies people avoid exposing their kids with certain highly allergic foods like eggs, peanuts, soya and some kind of fish.
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US Hospitals Sporting Fast Food Chains - ABC News

US Hospitals Sporting Fast Food Chains - ABC News | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
US Hospitals Sporting Fast Food Chains
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I think that fast food like burgers Fries and sodas and the last things you'd find in a hospital but. In many around the country places where heart disease diabetes and other ailments assisting with...
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Waitrose bans suppliers from using neonicotinoid pesticides

Waitrose bans suppliers from using neonicotinoid pesticides | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Waitrose is banning suppliers from using three neonicotinoid pesticides over concerns of their effect on bees, butterflies and other crop pollinators.
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Urban Community Food Project

Urban Community Food Project | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
THE PROBLEM:
Across the United States low income communities often lack the same resources- jobs, education and healthy food. In New York City, for example, most of the Bronx has the lowest national median income and highest rates of unemployment.
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Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Industry Soon to Be Largest Source of Co2 Emissions | CircleID.com

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Industry Soon to Be Largest Source of Co2 Emissions | CircleID.com | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

There has been a lot of discussion lately on the environmental impact of the proposed Keystone-XL pipeline that is intended to carry heavy oil from the tar sands in Alberta to refineries on the US Gulf Coast.

 

I suspect at the end of the day the US government will approve the pipeline as GDP growth and potential job losses will always trump concerns over the environment.

 

However, the US government has been putting on a lot pressure on Alberta to improve its environmental standards as a quid pro quo for approving the pipeline. In response Alberta is exploring expanding their current CO2 emissions program to a $40/tonne carbon levy. In the past, all of the funds raised by Alberta's carbon emissions program was returned to industry to invest in dubious energy efficiency programs. But Alberta could really have a much more meaningful impact in terms of reducing CO2 emissions, that would more than compensate the emissions from the oil carried in the Keystone XL pipeline, if it invested some of this money into its local universities and R&E network — Cybera.

 

Although on the production side the tar sands are one of the biggest sources of CO2 emissions, the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) industry, globally is the fastest growing and soon will be the largest source of CO2 emissions on the consumption side of the equation. ICT emissions are produced indirectly from the coal generated electricity that is used to power all of our devices. Currently it is estimated that ICT consumes around 10% all electrical power growing at about 6-10% per year. According to the OECD and other studies ICT equipment in our home now consumes more energy than traditional appliances.

 

New studies suggest that the growth in wireless networks could be the single largest component of that growth in CO2 emissions from the ICT sector. In a recent report by the Centre for Energy-Efficient Communications, at the University of Melbourne-based research centre claimed that by 2015, the energy used to run data centres will be a "drop in the ocean", compared to the wireless networks used to access cloud services. The report predicts that by 2015 energy consumption associated with 'wireless cloud' will reach 43 terawatt-hours, compared to 9.2 terawatt-hours in 2012. This is an increase in carbon footprint from 6 megatonnes of CO2 in 2012, up to 30 megatonnes of CO2 in 2015, which is the equivalent of an additional 4.9 million cars on the road, the report states.

 

More worrisome is another report from Sweden KTH that predicts will need to increase the density of wireless base stations by 1000 times to meet the insatiable demand for the "wireless cloud". If this came to fruition, it would be incredibly huge jump in the demand of electricity by the ICT sector.

 

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Plans for massive solar plant in Inyo County on hold

Plans for massive solar plant in Inyo County on hold | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
BrightSource Energy has suspended its application to build a $2.7-billion solar power plant at Hidden Hills, saying it needed to redesign the Inyo County project and the delay would lead to financial uncertainty.
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Persian Lentil and Rice Soup

Persian Lentil and Rice Soup | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
How to make a delicious and very easy Middle Eastern soup. Great for vegetarians.
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Sounds good and healthy!

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Consumption Junction: Childhood Obesity Determined Largely by Environmental Factors, Not Genes or Sloth: Scientific American

RT @HarvardHSPH: New evidence points to kids' environment as single biggest factor behind childhood #obesity http://t.co/LpAC5e3zfM
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