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Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 25th, 2017

Earlier this week, in the middle of Easter night in Olmeneta, Italy, an unknown person attacked the Monsanto Research Center with several “bottle bombs” or Molotov cocktails, small improvised explosive devices. The 16 April assault, apparently a protest against research on genetically modified organisms (GMO), did not injure anyone but firemen worked for hours to stop a blaze set off by one bomb that devastated the cold room where most of the small facility’s experimental seeds are usually stored.


Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 24th, 2017

As legislation to limit North Carolina residents' ability to collect damages in civil lawsuits against factory farms makes its way through the General Assembly, a new mapping initiative offers a clearer picture of how many people could be affected by the controversial proposal and where they live.

 

This week the Environmental Working Group released an investigation and interactive map that shows every residence in the state located near an industrial-scale hog or chicken farm or open-air pits that hold swine waste. It found more than 60,000 residential parcels that are home to an estimated 160,000 people within a half-mile of such facilities.

 

 
Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 24th, 2017

Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species. 

 

Lawyers representing Dow, whose chief executive also heads a White House manufacturing working group, and two other makers of organophosphates sent letters last week to the heads of three Cabinet agencies. The companies asked them “to set aside” the results of government studies the companies contend are fundamentally flawed. 

 

 

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 24th, 2017

Boulder County, Colorado will completely phase out genetically modified (GMO) corn and sugar beets, and neonicotinoid insecticides on county-owned land.

 

According to the Daily Camera, commissioners voted 2-1 last week to approve the latest version of a transition plan that bans the cultivation of GMO corn by the end of 2019 and GMO sugar beets by the end of 2021. Neonicotinoids, which have been widely blamed for the declines of bees and other pollinators, will also be phased out within five years on county properties.

 

 
Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 19th, 2017

For the growing number of  farmers using hydroponic and aquaponic techniques to grow produce, April 19 is a big day. That's when, at a meeting in Denver, the USDA's National Organic Standard Board (NOSB) will decide whether such methods can continue to be eligible for the USDA-organic label.  The outcome will determine whether these farmers can target the $39 billion market for organic produce.

 

 


Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 19th, 2017

A US congressman and environmental group have filed the first lawsuit targeting Donald Trump’s plan to build a 30ft wall on the US-Mexico border.

 

The suit, brought by Congressman Raúl M Grijalva of Arizona and the Center for Biological Diversity in the US district court for Arizona, seeks to require the government to undertake a comprehensive environmental impact analysis before beginning construction.

 

 
Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 19th, 2017

 

Today the five international judges for the Monsanto Tribunal presented their legal opinion, which include key conclusions, both on the conduct of Monsanto and on the need for important changes to international laws governing multinational corporations.

 

The judges conclude that Monsanto has engaged in practices that have impinged on the basic human right to a healthy environment, the right to food and the right to health. Additionally, Monsanto’s conduct has a negative impact on the right of scientists to freely conduct indispensable research.

 

 

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 19th, 2017

The Trump administration is considering closing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) office in Chicago, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

 

The office, designated as Region 5, has responsibility for local and state matters in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

 

Were the office closed, its responsibilities would be combined with Kansas City, Mo.-based Region 7 under the plan, the Sun-Times reported, citing a city government source familiar with the idea.

 

 
Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 19th, 2017

The people of New Bedford, Massachusetts, have always been tough. When New Bedford was the whaling capital of the world, seven men would hop into a 25-foot rowboat to chase -- and harpoon up close -- furious 50-foot whales weighing 85 tons. After petroleum replaced whale oil around 1900, New Bedford workers then kept 70 textile mills humming day and night. After textiles moved away, from the 1940s onward New Bedford supplied the world with electric gear. But when those factories began to close in the 1960s, they left behind some awful secrets -- 572 chemically poisoned plots of land within the city's 24 square miles, including land where unsuspecting townspeople built two public schools. In the early 1980s, local people learned that their prized harbor -- all 18,000 acres of it, including its bounty of fish and lobsters -- had been rendered dangerously toxic by factory wastes. In 1983, New Bedford Harbor, the mouth of the Acushnet River, was declared a Superfund site, heavily contaminated with PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls). This small city reeled. To many, the combination of unemployment and toxic waste seemed insurmountable.

 

 

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 18th, 2017

The DC Circuit Court ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tuesday to close a loophole that has allowed hazardous substances released into the environment by concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) to go unreported.

 

"We applaud the DC Circuit Court's clear decision to enforce this vital environmental safeguard to protect public safety," said Earthjustice attorney Jonathan Smith, who helped argue the case before the court.

 

 
Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 18th, 2017

Monsanto has managed to saturate the global environment with toxic chemicals and genetically modified seed. Glyphosate is the major component in its flagship product, Roundup, used both in residential gardens and on farms.

 

The chemical is so pervasive that tests by the Organic Consumers Association found 93 percent of Americans have glyphosate in their urine.1 By comparison, no glyphosate was detected in tap water, which means the chemical is being ingested through food products. It is in fact, the most heavily used weed killer in history.

 

 

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 18th, 2017

If President Donald Trump fulfills his pledge to deport millions of workers in the country illegally and build a wall at the Mexican border, prepare to pay a lot more money for far less food.

 

“That’s reality,” said organic farm owner Javier Zamora. “My farm and many others would go out of business. At the very least we would have to scale back to feed just our families and immediate communities.”

 

 
Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 18th, 2017

 

Monsanto is staring down yet another lawsuit over its glyphosate-based product, Roundup.

 

Two nonprofit groups allege that the agribusiness giant intentionally mislabels its weedkiller as "target[ing] an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets." The lawsuit charges that Monsanto's statement is "false, deceptive and misleading" because the enzyme targeted by glyphosate "in fact, is found in people and pets."

 

 

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