VOICES FOR CHANGE

GMO Debate Heats Up on Mainstream News
Christina Sarich
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The debate on the dangers of GMO seem like they should already be a foregone conclusion, but with industry cover-ups of scientific data, and rigged research, biotechnology advocates are still pushing the safety of genetically modified organisms unchecked.

 

In another attempt to discredit non-GMO supporters, C-Span recently debuted a 2-hour debate at the Vail Symposium in Colorado, between consumer advocate and Executive Director ofInstitute for Responsible ...

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Racing Through Nature
Froma Harrop
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The story of a young man's speed-hiking the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail has raised some environmentalist eyebrows, albeit only slightly. He was racing from California's border with Mexico to Washington state's with Canada.

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The GMO Lawn Engineered to Withstand Monsanto’s Toxic Pesticides
Christina Sarich
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Are you ready for some Kentucky Bluegrass? Kentucky Bluegrass isn’t the name of a band touring the South, easing work-a-day blues with a little ditty, it’s the name of a toxic new GMO lawn grass being engineered by Scotts ...

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How to Bypass Mega Grocery Chains and Buy Direct from Organic Farms
Christina Sarich
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There are three reasons that Big Ag can’t compete with the small farm in the long-term:

Research at the land grant universities in the United States is often funded by big agribusiness corporations, but consumers want fresh, organic food - not GMO, chemical-laden, mono-cropped refuse.Some of the most promising solutions don’t ..." ::
Mass Salmon, Plankton, Sea Star Die Off in Pacific Northwest: No One Mentions Radiation
Christina Sarich
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The mysterious die-off of young salmon heading out to sea in the Pacific Northwest, along with far lower plankton levels than normal, have many scientists shaking their heads in disbelief and concern since not one mainstream ‘expert’ has mentioned radiation as a possibility. But sometimes silence speaks the loudest.

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Debt and Suicide: Testimonies Presented from India’s GMO Farmers
Christina Sarich
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Biotech has tried to dismiss the accounts of farmer suicides in India due to the introduction of genetically modified crops, but the problem is pervasive. Once the farmer is gone, the debt falls on the remaining family members. Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, and other suicide seed sellers have essentially created a generational slave economy based on their ...

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Monsanto and Dupont/Pioneer Continue Pulling GM Crops from EU
Christina Sarich
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Due to widespread opposition, the biotech industry is pulling their transgenic crops out of the EU. While the EU Commission has yet to make a decisions regarding the cultivation of genetically engineered maize 1507, US companies have quietly withdrawn for applications to cultivate the GE plant in the EU.

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New Technology at MIT Turns Solar Heat into 85% Energy Efficient Steam
Christina Sarich
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Can you get power out of a cheap lump of graphite and some carbon? It is a possibility thanks to researchers at MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. This newly created technology converts sunlight into steam with 85% efficiency. When you compare this to the fact that only about 14%–30% of the energy from the fuel you put in your conventional car is used to actually move it down the road, then you’ve got a recipe for an energy revolution.

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Nestlé Subsidiary Tries to Sell Small Town Its Own Water: Residents Fight Back
Christina Sarich
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Perhaps you’ve yet to hear of a little town called Fryeburg, Maine, USA. It sits on its own pristine aquifer, but once Nestlé subsidiary Poland Spring moved to town, residents noticed that their streams were getting smaller. It turns out, in its continued efforts to privatize water, the company was pumping the aquifer, and then selling the water back to town residents in bottles. Freyburg is fighting back, ...

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Water Crisis: California Farmers Drill Deeper as Drought Drags on, Fracking and Privatization Continue
Christina Sarich
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Using diesel powered drills, California farmers desperately dig deep into the earth’s crust to try to hit gold – not black gold, but blue – the state is still dying of thirst as the drought drags on. It seems ironic when fracking has been confirmed to contaminate 4 state’s drinking water, and polluting water supplies for agriculture, while the oil and gas industries keep making plans to frack more.

For many farmers in California the only water they have ...

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Wunderkind Elon Musk: Pneumatic Railroad for 14,000 Mile-an-Hour Travel Completely Open Source
Christina Sarich
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No, you didn’t read that wrong. Paypal co-creator and Tesla Motors Wunderkind thinks that California just wasted $63 billion on a mass transit rail that only goes 164 miles an hour when a 14,000-mile-an-hour pneumatic railroad could be built for 1/10th that amount to take someone from Los Angeles to New York in less than 2 hours. Even better – the plans for such a pneumatic, or vacuum tube train, are all open source.

Called ‘hyperloop’ this ultra ...

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Win: EPA Denies Texas’ Farmers Request to Use Dangerous Herbicide on Fields
Christina Sarich
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Natural Society reported just weeks ago that Texas farmers wanted to pour an unlicensed herbicide all over 3 million acres of genetically modified cotton in an ‘emergency’ attempt to stop the forward advance of superweeds taking over the farmer’s fields. In a surprising turn of events, the U.S. Environmental Protection ...

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Win! U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Ban Use of Bee, Bird and Butterfly-Killing Neonicotinoids
Christina Sarich
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Due in part to a petition submitted by the Center for Food Safety (CFS), one government agency has come to its senses, agreeing to eliminate bee and butterfly-toxic neonicotinoids in the Pacific Region of the NW Wildlife Refuges.

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) very quietly announced that it will phase out neonicotinoid insecticides (neonics) in wildlife refuges in the Pacific Region, including Hawaii and other Pacific Islands, Idaho, Oregon, and ...

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Apple to Build 100-Acre Solar Farm in North Carolina
Christina Sarich
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The city of Claremont, North Carolina has just signed an agreement with Apple, which will allow a 100-scre solar farm to be built, providing 17.5 megawatts of energy annually at the development cost of $55 million. This will be Apple’s third large solar farm in the United States. Of the mega-corporations, Apple continues to be a leader in responsible stewardship of sustainable energy practices.

Apple is currently the only company in the industry that powers its data ...

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Professor of Chemistry Turns India’s Plastic Trash into Useable Roadways
Christina Sarich
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Scenes from the movie Slumdog Millionaire accurately depict India’s latest consumer-influenced economy. Tree groves are littered with a rainbow color of plastic bags like some kind of ominous carnival wreckage. Plastic bottles, candy wrappers, and other ‘garbage’ liters the streets in a land where city officials have long forsaken their duties of providing a pristine infrastructure to its inhabitants, but a professor of chemistry in Madurai, India ...

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Are Solar Roadways Next on Our Clean Energy Horizon?
Christina Sarich
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Do you remember the last time you stepped out on some hot asphalt or concrete on a sweltering summer day? You likely felt a tinge of the intense energy of the sun compacted into the over 4 million miles of roads that stretch across the United States. The US transportation system is vast, and it could just be ready for an enormous green facelift utilizing solar technologies.

This doesn’t include the millions of square miles of parking lots that go wasted every day as ...

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Are Solar Roadways Next on Our Clean Energy Horizon?
Christina Sarich
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Do you remember the last time you stepped out on some hot asphalt or concrete on a sweltering summer day? You likely felt a tinge of the intense energy of the sun compacted into the over 4 million miles of roads that stretch across the United States. The US transportation system is vast, and it could just be ready for an enormous green facelift utilizing solar technologies.

 

This doesn’t include the millions of square miles of parking lots that go wasted ...

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Are Solar Roadways Next on Our Clean Energy Horizon?
Christina Sarich
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Do you remember the last time you stepped out on some hot asphalt or concrete on a sweltering summer day? You likely felt a tinge of the intense energy of the sun compacted into the over 4 million miles of roads that stretch across the United States. The US transportation system is vast, and it could just be ready for an enormous green facelift utilizing solar technologies.

 

This doesn’t include the millions of square miles of parking lots that go wasted ...

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Biotech Bullying: French Government Withdraws from Long-Term GMO Study
Christina Sarich
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Has the biotech industry successfully scared another government silly, so much so that they are unwilling to carry out true scientific research on the long-term damage that GMOs could cause animals, people, and the environment? With the latest formal withdrawal of the CRIIGEN organization from a previously planned long-term GMO risk study, it seems so.

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Cargill’s Integrity-Free Soybean Oil
Jim Hightower
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Can you have your hypocrisy and eat it, too?

I don’t think so. But Cargill Inc. is doing its damndest to invalidate the old admonition that eating your cake today means not having it tomorrow.

As a leading producer and user of ingredients that contain genetically manipulated organisms, the food conglomerate with $136.7 billion in yearly sales faces a marketing problem: By huge margins, consumers here and around the ...

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The High Cost of Cheap Meat
Christine Chemnitz and Shefali Sharma
Op-Ed
Fracking the Arctic
Ed Struzik
News Analysis
The Coming CLASS War
Andrew Sheng
Op-Ed
Solar Power Gets Hot, Hot, Hot
Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins
Op-Ed

NOC BULLHORN

The Supreme Court

Join the dissent and stop CEOs in America from “forcing their personal beliefs on employees.” Take action and tell lawmakers to give us back control of our own bodies.

Human Rights

Steven Salaita was recently fired from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign because he was allegedly an open critic of Israel and Zionism, but many are fighting back in his defense.

Fracking

Protesters took to city streets all over the UK and occupied many government buildings demanding a stop to the future of fracking.

Education

Hundreds of students, parents and community members gathered at the Board of Education on Monday demanding that funding be put back in the schools.

Bee Protection

We must take down the companies that are contributing to the pollinator decline and help save the bees.

Israeli/Palestinian Peace Process

A peaceful protest formed in Rabin Square where thousands demanded peace talks go into effect with the Palestinian authority.

Police Brutality

As things continue to heat up in Ferguson, Missouri, Amnesty organization deployed observers to ground zero.

Environment

The benefit concert will headline Willie Nelson and Neil Young on a farm fighting the sale of their land for the pipeline.

Gun Rights

Take action today and sign the petition telling Congress to update Second Amendment. Sign the petition.

Agriculture

Even more pollinations is likely to help farmers yield more flourishing bountiful food.

Human Rights

As protests continue in Ferguson, Missouri, residents of Gaza tweet tips to protesters in dealing with militarization of police.

Workers’ Rights

With more than 13 million restaurant workers in the U.S., most tipped employees are living below the poverty line, let’s get with the times and make a change.

Terror Suspect

Muslim Americans have filed a suit against the federal government for routinely adding their names to the Terror Screening database without their right to due process.

Human Rights

Female environmental activists are part of an international movement against environmental destruction.

Environment

City bike share programs are popping up in metropolitan areas nationwide and the cost benefit of these programs are huge.

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