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Barley Grass Has Highest Levels of Important Cancer-Killing Enzyme

Barley Grass Has Highest Levels of Important Cancer-Killing Enzyme | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The health benefits of barley grass are amazing. The food contains extremely potent cancer-killing enzymes and health-boosting nutrients.
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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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The Greatest Danger , by Joanna Macy | 

The Greatest Danger , by Joanna Macy |  | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
How do we live with the fact that we are destroying our world? What do we make of the loss of glaciers, the melting Arctic, island nations swamped by the sea, widening deserts, and drying farmlands?

Because of social taboos, despair at the state of our world and fear for our future are rarely acknowledged. The suppression of despair, like that of any deep recurring response, contributes to the numbing of the psyche. Expressions of anguish or outrage are muted, deadened as if a nerve had been cut. This refusal to feel impoverishes our emotional and sensory life. Flowers are dimmer and less fragrant, our loves less ecstatic. We create diversions for ourselves as individuals and as nations, in the fights we pick, the aims we pursue, and the stuff we buy.

Of all the dangers we face, from climate chaos to permanent war, none is so great as this deadening of our response. For psychic numbing impedes our capacity to process and respond to information. The energy expended in pushing down despair is diverted from more crucial uses, depleting the resilience and imagination needed for fresh visions and strategies.

Zen poet Thich Nhat Hanh was asked, “what do we most need to do to save our world?” His answer was this: “What we most need to do is to hear within us the sounds of the Earth crying.”

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The Trump Administration Is Scuttling a Rule That Would Save People From Dying of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning  | Jessie Eisinger | ProPublica.org

The Trump Administration Is Scuttling a Rule That Would Save People From Dying of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning  | Jessie Eisinger | ProPublica.org | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

After Hurricane Irma hit three months ago in Orlando, Florida, the local police got a desperate 911 call from a 12-year-old boy reporting that his mother and siblings were unconscious. Fumes overcame the first deputy who rushed to the scene. After the police arrived at the property, they found Jan Lebron Diaz, age 13, Jan’s older sister Kiara, 16, and their mother Desiree, 34, lying dead, poisoned from carbon monoxide emitted by their portable generator. Four others in the house went to the hospital. If 12-year-old Louis hadn’t made that call, they might have died, too.

Portable generators release more carbon monoxide — which is particularly dangerous because it is odorless and invisible — than most cars. As a result, the devices can kill efficiently and quickly, though accidentally. The Diaz family usually placed the generator properly, outside the house, a neighbor told local reporters. But for some reason, they had brought it into their garage. From there, the generator’s murderous byproduct spread silently through the house.

During hurricanes, floods, and nor’easters, portable generators save lives — except when they take them.


But the problem of portable generators was so obvious that the little agency felt it needed to make a stand. They were one of the “persistent deadly hazards we felt we had to address,” says Elliot Kaye, who was the chairman of the CPSC from 2014 to February of this year and remains a commissioner. (The CPSC has five commissioners who vote on agency measures; the party that controls the White House tends to have the majority.)


Throughout the 16 years the CPSC has been pushing the issue, the portable-generator industry fended off regulations that would have required it to reduce the carbon monoxide emissions of its devices. The companies argued such changes would be too costly, and that they lacked the technology to make the machines safer. The industry lobbied hard, and also wielded an arsenal of delaying measures and misdirection, not to mention occasional strong-arm tactics to enforce industry discipline, its critics say.


But in early November 2016, during the final months of the Obama administration, the CPSC took one of the most significant steps it can take: The commission voted in favor of a rule to force manufacturers to lower their generators’ carbon monoxide emissions. The vote was 4 to 1, with one Republican joining the majority of Democrats.


Donald Trump was elected a week later. In January, he elevated the only commissioner to vote against the rule — Ann Marie Buerkle, a 66-year-old former Republican congresswoman from upstate New York — to be the acting chair of the CPSC, and she took on the role in February. (She awaits Senate confirmation to become the chair.) The administration has nominated, as a potential commissioner, a lawyer from the corporate firm Jones Day who specializes in defending companies from product-liability cases; one other vacancy remains. So Buerkle will likely soon have new allies.


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9 Frozen Desserts with a Healthy Side

9 Frozen Desserts with a Healthy Side | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
9 Frozen Desserts with a Healthy Side from Food Network

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7 recipes for an overabundance of okra

7 recipes for an overabundance of okra | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Roasted, pickled, fried, stewed or baked into a cookie, okra needs to be on your menu.

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This Is the Best Way to Wash Apples, Researchers Say

This Is the Best Way to Wash Apples, Researchers Say | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
What’s the best way to rid your Galas and Fujis of potentially risky pesticides?
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FCC Plans to Gut Net Neutrality, Allow Internet 'Fast Lanes'

FCC Plans to Gut Net Neutrality, Allow Internet 'Fast Lanes' | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The Federal Communications Commission Wednesday will release its plan for reversing rules that require internet service providers to treat all content equally.
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Get ready for a permanent seat in economy. Make room for the rich up front. We will be Getting stiffed for any link your iInternet provider didn’t approve or cut a deal for. Pai is delivering for his old bosses at Verizon and I’m sure they will richly reward him for this Christmas Bonus. And we customer/citizens get the coal and a second class service seat! Ring the phones off at the FCC and your Senators and congressman’s office. Please or at least call them and tell them you didn’t not want protection from your internet provider they you trust them to look out for you as much as their stock holders.
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Keystone Pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota

Keystone Pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A total of 210,000 gallons of oil leaked Thursday from the Keystone Pipeline in Marshall County, South Dakota, the pipeline's operator, TransCanada, said.
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8 Most Hydrating Drinks Besides Water

8 Most Hydrating Drinks Besides Water | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Here are the 10 most hydrating drinks besides water that you must have to keep yourself energized and active through the day.

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Impact of Water-Vending Kiosks and Hygiene Education on Household Drinking Water Quality in Rural Ghana

Impact of Water-Vending Kiosks and Hygiene Education on Household Drinking Water Quality in Rural Ghana | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Innovative solutions are essential to improving global access to potable water for nearly 1 billion people. This study presents an independent investigation of one alternative by examining for-profit water-vending kiosks, WaterHealth Centers (WHCs), i
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Danone: 2 nouveaux investissements pour l'accès à l'eau.

(CercleFinance.com) - Danone Communities, l'incubateur d'entreprises sociales de Danone, a annoncé aujourd'hui deux nouveaux investissements visant à développer l'accès à l'eau potable en Haïti, au Kenya, au Rwanda et en Ouganda

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Développer l'accès à l'eau potable est bien sûr un progrès indéniable, en particulier pour les femmes qui sont souvent chargées de la corvée d'eau ce qui n'est pas sans impact sur la scolarisation. Pourtant, cette annonce pose question sur le point du devenir de cette eau rendue accessible. L'accès à l'eau entraîne une plus forte consommation de cette eau et donc une production plus importante d'eaux usées. Or rien n'indique que l'accès à l'eau soit couplé à la mise en place d'un système de traitement des eaux usées. Le risque est ainsi fort que ces investissements contribuent à terme à une dégradation des ressources et à une question sanitaire renforcée.

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Puerto Rico: As Whitefish Contract Faces Scrutiny, Fluor and Other Companies Move to Privatize Water | Amy Goodman | DemocracyNow!

Puerto Rico: As Whitefish Contract Faces Scrutiny, Fluor and Other Companies Move to Privatize Water | Amy Goodman | DemocracyNow! | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

We look at the recovery of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, which dominated a Senate hearing Tuesday and was supposed to be the focus of another hearing in the House today, before it was canceled. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz was set to testify at the hearing alongside FEMA chief Brock Long.


Earlier Tuesday, Long testified before the Senate that his agency had nothing to do with approving the controversial $300 million no-bid contract with Whitefish Energy, a tiny company based in the Montana hometown of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.


Meanwhile, Democracy Now!’s Juan González says other companies are moving in to privatize other services on the island, such as the public water utility.


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MA: WHOI's Sea Grant Program Receives Grants for Aquaculture Reasearch | CapeCod.com

MA: WHOI's Sea Grant Program Receives Grants for Aquaculture Reasearch | CapeCod.com | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)’s Woods Hole Sea Grant program recently received two awards totaling $650,000 to support research aimed at increasing the state’s aquaculture production.


One project will aim to simplify the process and reduce the cost of obtaining permits to farm marine species in U.S. Waters.

Led by Hauke Kite-Powell, a research specialist at WHOI, the project will conduct fisheries, protected species, shipping industry, and other reviews on selected offshore areas in advance, to reduce the regulatory burden for aquaculture growers.


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Tesla Turns Power Back On At Children's Hospital In Puerto Rico

Tesla Turns Power Back On At Children's Hospital In Puerto Rico | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The hospital offers services to some 3,000 young patients. Tesla's solar system is reportedly providing the hospital with all the electricity it needs.
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What Do the Koch Brothers Want?

As a result of the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, billionaires and large corporations can now spend an unlimited amount of money to influence the political process.

Perhaps, the biggest winners of Citizens United are Charles and David Koch, owners of the second-largest privately run business in America Koch Industries.

 

Among other things, the Koch brothers own oil refineries in Texas, Alaska, and Minnesota and control some 4,000 miles of pipeline.

According to Forbes Magazine, the Koch brothers are now worth $80 billion, and have increased their wealth by $12 billion since last year alone.

 

For the Koch brothers, $80 billion in wealth, apparently, is not good enough. Owning the second largest private company in America is, apparently, not good enough.  It doesn’t appear that they will be satisfied until they are able to control the entire political process.

It is well known that the Koch brothers have provided the major source of funding to the Tea Party and want to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

What else do the Koch brothers want?

In 1980, David Koch ran as the Libertarian Party’s vice-presidential candidate in 1980. 

Let’s take a look at the 1980 Libertarian Party platform

 

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Eau : poursuite du test entre régie publique et DSP

Eau : poursuite du test entre régie publique et DSP | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Carcassonne Agglo et Suez ont signé, hier, un contrat de gestion d'eau et d'assainissement, qui va concerner trente-quatre des quatre-vingt-deux communes que compte la communauté d'agglomération, ceci sur une période de dix ans. Il entrer

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Trump Orders Largest National Monument Reduction In U.S. History

Trump Orders Largest National Monument Reduction In U.S. History | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
In a speech in Utah on Monday, President Trump announced that his administration will shrink the Bears Ears National Monument by roughly 85 percent and the Grand Staircase by about half its size.
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8 Amazing Health Benefits Of Carrots: From Weight-loss To Healthy Eyesight

8 Amazing Health Benefits Of Carrots: From Weight-loss To Healthy Eyesight | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Very soon, vegetable stores and supermarkets are going to be filled with carrots, and we are here to give you 7 reasons why you must load your grocery bag with these delicious tubers next time you go veggie-shopping

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Elon Musk has finished building the biggest battery in the world

Elon Musk has finished building the biggest battery in the world | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Tesla has completed installing its colossal lithium ion battery in South Australia, a Powerpack system with 100 megawatts of capacity.
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Trump halts Interior’s elephant trophy decision

Trump halts Interior’s elephant trophy decision | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Trump’s sudden tweet halted a decision by his own administration, announced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday, to end a 2014 government ban on big game trophy hunting in Zimbabwe and Zambia.
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16,000 scientists sign dire warning to humanity

16,000 scientists sign dire warning to humanity | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
16,000 scientists from 184 countries have published a second warning to humanity that we need to change our wicked ways to help the planet.
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Un détecteur de plomb dans l’eau fabriqué par une enfant de 11 ans !

Un détecteur de plomb dans l’eau fabriqué par une enfant de 11 ans ! | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Une jeune américaine d’une dizaine d’années à peine a mis au point un appareil ayant la capacité de déceler la présence de plomb dans l’eau. Le fait est que ce détecteur serait plus efficace que les moyens déjà connus. Le plomb est une substance toxique largement traitée dans un vaste dossier publié en août 2017 … More
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Safe Water Enterprises – Sustainable drinking water supply for Africa I Siemens Stiftung

Safe Water Enterprises – Sustainable drinking water supply for Africa I Siemens Stiftung | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Siemens Stiftung’s Safe Water Enterprises are taking an entrepreneurial approach to improving the drinking water supply in rural Africa.
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As Elon Musk Proposes Taking Over Power Authority, Puerto Ricans Demand Community-Owned Solar Power | Amy Goodman | DemocracyNow!

As Elon Musk Proposes Taking Over Power Authority, Puerto Ricans Demand Community-Owned Solar Power | Amy Goodman | DemocracyNow! | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

While in Puerto Rico this past weekend, Democracy Now! spoke to Ángel Figueroa Jaramillo, the head of UTIER, the electrical workers’ union in Puerto Rico, about Elon Musk’s proposal to make Puerto Rico the model of sustainable energy.


We also visited the Casa Sol Bed and Breakfast in San Juan, which runs entirely on solar power.


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FL: High Water Levels Threaten the Health of Lake Okeechobee | Dr. Paul Gray | FloridaAudubon.org

FL: High Water Levels Threaten the Health of Lake Okeechobee | Dr. Paul Gray | FloridaAudubon.org | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

As the full impacts of Hurricane Irma on Florida’s natural ecosystems become known, it is clear that some of the most destructive effects will be on Lake Okeechobee. Audubon has already reported that according to University of Florida biologists, 44 Everglade Snail Kite nests were destroyed by hurricane winds and high rainfall. But even greater damage to the lake’s ecosystem and Audubon’s Lake Okeechobee Sanctuaries are on the horizon as a result of the long-term impacts of deep dirty water.

The target range for Lake Okeechobee’s water levels is between 12.5 and 15.5 feet in order to protect ecological resources and the safety of the Herbert Hoover Dike that surrounds the lake. Lake Okeechobee is now above 17 feet- its highest level in more than a decade.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, ongoing repairs to the earthen dike, an important safety project, have received a lot of attention. Despite there being no evidence that more water can be safely stored in the lake after repairs are complete, the dike rehabilitation is frequently misconstrued as a water storage project. But current conditions are demonstrating in real time the devastating ecological impacts of holding more water in Lake Okeechobee.


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Where have all the insects gone?

Where have all the insects gone? | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Surveys in German nature reserves point to a dramatic decline in insect biomass
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I knew it wasn’t my imagination! For years Ive said I don’t see the same amount of insects or birds I once saw. This year we let our side yard go... I was shocked at the life a saw when I cut it at the end of the summer... I felt like a human tsunami going through our large lot where so many insects had made their home over the summer. I noticed for the first time in 20 years those small lavender butterflies that once were found around creeks in flurrying bunches. I loved them! For the first time in years I saw them and they were right in our yard... now I see they love seeding low grasses ... the kind most of us always keep cut before they seed. I hated our unkept yard this summer and I’m sure some neighbors hated it more... but the life I saw flourish in it was awesome... even my favorite hard to find weed came back and I replanted some where I want them to remain. Maybe we will keep a grass bed next year just for the bugs.forvthose
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