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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 04th, 2014
By: Richard SchiffmanA handful of farmers and crop scientists are struggling to save the fast diminishing stock of agricultural diversity for the rest of us.By now, most Americans know that the world's rainforests are being cut down at an alarming rate, coral reefs are dying from ocean acidification and warming, and the sea is being overfished to the point of exhaustion. We are in the midst... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 03rd, 2014
By: Tracy LoewThe No on 92 Coalition attempted to place out-of-state election observers in at least four Oregon counties Tuesday, in violation of state law, proponents are complaining.Measure 92, which would require foods containing genetically modified ingredients to be labeled, failed by just 812 votes during the first, computerized tally last month. A hand recount began... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 03rd, 2014
By: Julia O'DonoghueOften, Louisiana's film tax credit program benefits individuals and companies that have nothing to do with the movie industry, as explained in this radio piece by Kate Richardson, who works for NPR and WWNO. For example, the producers of "21 Jump Street" didn't need to use the $12 million Louisiana tax credit they racked up while... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 03rd, 2014
By: Emanuel StoakesAfter 30 years, it's finally time for Bhopalis to get justice.A few hours past midnight on Dec. 3, 1984, an accident occurred at a Union Carbide Corp. (UCC) pesticide plant in Bhopal in central India that left much of the city covered in a blanket of sickness and death.Water leaked into a tank containing highly volatile chemicals, setting off a massive exothermic reaction... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 03rd, 2014
There were no cases of dengue fever in the Keys this year Or last year. Or the year before.In fact, the last case of dengue fever in the Keys was in 2009. But the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District continues to aggressively push a program to breed and release genetically modified mosquitoes on our islands to prevent something that isn't happening.To further fan the flames of... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 02nd, 2014
By: Kevin Zeese and Margaret FlowersAs crops that use the herbicide glyphosate rise, so do a wide range of diseases.There is a growing movement for labeling of GMO crops, and many would go further and ban GMOs completely. Currently there is a close vote in Oregon on a GMO labeling initiative, with advocates for labeling 0.3% behind and  raising money to check ballots (we urge your... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 02nd, 2014
By: Andrea StoneWe’ve labeled food for quality and religious reasons for centuries. Why should today be any different?Bring up genetically engineered foods, and most people focus on the obvious but most vexing questions: are they safe to eat? Or how might they make me sick? Such questions and the inability of current science to provide clear answers, have triggered a polarizing debate about... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 02nd, 2014
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, whose district includes part of Shelton, said she supports the call of Tom Colicchio and over 700 other chefs for passage of the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act.Colicchio is best known for his role as a judge on the reality TV show “Top Chef” and for his role as a founder or chef as some prominent New York City restaurants.DeLauro is a co-... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 02nd, 2014
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -A recount for Measure 92, which would require GMO labeling on food products in Oregon, will begin this week.The measure was defeated by just 812 votes out of more than 1.5 million cast, according to the final results certified last week.A full recount is required if the difference between the votes cast for and against a measure is not more than one-fifth of one... more

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