Genetic Engineering

GMO labeling campaign in Davis

Submitted: Mar 22, 2012
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Badlands Journal editorial board

3-22-12

Genetic Engineering News List

Proposed ballot initiative and anti-Monsanto rally puts bioengineered foods in the crosshairs

By Jean Walker
http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/gmo-wars/content?oid=5513229


Fortune 500 corporation Monsanto shut down its local operations last week as protesters, holding signs and taking turns on a handheld megaphone, demanded that genetically modified foods to be labeled as such-if not banned outright.

The Davis rally was in solidarity with a grassroots attempt to shut down Monsanto offices across the globe. Locally, it worked: After catching wind of the planned demonstration, Monsanto employees were directed to avoid work on Friday.

And if the two-day rally is any indicator of a greater phenomenon, as activist Pamm Larry suggested, it's that there's an increasing awareness in the country about food production and safety.

Larry leads hundreds of volunteers across the state in collecting 800,000 signatures before April 22 to qualify the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act initiative for this fall's ballot.

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GMO labeling campaign in Davis

Submitted: Mar 22, 2012
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

3-22-12

Genetic Engineering News List

Proposed ballot initiative and anti-Monsanto rally puts bioengineered foods in the crosshairs

By Jean Walker
http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/gmo-wars/content?oid=5513229


Fortune 500 corporation Monsanto shut down its local operations last week as protesters, holding signs and taking turns on a handheld megaphone, demanded that genetically modified foods to be labeled as such-if not banned outright.

The Davis rally was in solidarity with a grassroots attempt to shut down Monsanto offices across the globe. Locally, it worked: After catching wind of the planned demonstration, Monsanto employees were directed to avoid work on Friday.

And if the two-day rally is any indicator of a greater phenomenon, as activist Pamm Larry suggested, it's that there's an increasing awareness in the country about food production and safety.

Larry leads hundreds of volunteers across the state in collecting 800,000 signatures before April 22 to qualify the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act initiative for this fall's ballot.

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California's problem is the direction of its economy, not the quantity of its natural resources

Submitted: Feb 15, 2012
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

2-15-12

San Francisco Chronicle

Study: Sierra snowfall conssitent over 130 years

Peter Fimrite

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi f=/c/a/2012/02/15/BA8N1N7HNQ.DTL

Snowfall in the Sierra Nevada has remained consistent for 130 years, with no evidence that anything has changed as a result of climate change, according to a study released Tuesday.

The analysis of snowfall data in the Sierra going back to 1878 found no more or less snow overall - a result that, on the surface, appears to contradict aspects of recent climate change models.

John Christy, the Alabama state climatologist who authored the study, said the amount of snow in the mountains has not decreased in the past 50 years, a period when greenhouse gases were supposed to have increased the effects of global warming.

The heaping piles of snow that fell in the Sierra last winter and the paltry amounts this year fall within the realm of normal weather variability, he concluded.

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Lest we forget the disaster unfolding beyond city limits

Submitted: Feb 12, 2012
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Badlands Journal editorial board

As the days grow unseasonably warm and buds begin to swell on early blooming trees, our thoughts and dreams of gain turn to the noble almond tree, of which we grow the largest amount in -- let us not be modest -- the universe, because they produce a nut universally admired for any and all nutritional health benefits agrascience has not yet been able to engineer out it. And, our thoughts turning to the Great Nut, a small cloud passes over our revery and lines appear even on the clean, clear childlike brows of our various Almong queens, because the Great Nut must be pollinated by bees. In fact our area attracts more commercially raised and transported bees than any other place on the -- let us not be modest about this either -- the planet.

And bees are in a helluva lot of trouble. Which means that we are too. And since beekeepers first noticed the problem five years ago, the great scientists of the greatest public research university in the -- let's not stop now -- the galaxy, have found no solution to the problem they had so much to do with creating in all the ways that galactically famous university research scientists have of completely improving agriculture.

Badlands Journal editorial board

2-12-12

AlterNet

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GMO labeling petition

Submitted: Feb 10, 2012
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

Thomas Wittman of Ecofarm, whose Genetic Engineering Newslist keeps us informed about the state of the GMO mess, has sent a request for signatures for a nationwide petition to label GMO foods and and an article reporting the latest news on the costs of such labeling -- nearly zilch despite what the trogs at the Biotech Industry Association put out.

Thanks to Thomas' unremitting work over the last decade we also know that the dirty little story of GMOs is in: they don't cut down on pesticide demand, gene drift via pollen makes GMO-crop fields major contaminators of their regions, Monsanto and its weak sisters in the industry move with relentless barbarism through the courts to enforce their "patents on life," trying to create a Meek New World in which farmers will not save seed and will pay whatever the biotech corporations demand for genetically modified seed. And that's just for starters.

Information about how you can join the Genetic Engineering Newslist is at the bottom of this page.

Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

1-10-12
Ecofarm.org
Action Alert - Tell FDA You Want GE Foods Labeled!
Thomas Wittman

Dear Readers,
   Please go to the NOC site www.NationalOrganicCoalition.org or the Just Label It site to see all active links and to take action.
Thank you,
Thomas

 

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D-D-D-Duh-Dry December Drives Drums of Drought

Submitted: Jan 11, 2012
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Badlands Journal editorial board

1-11-12

Merced Sun-Star

Dry January raises concern over drought in northern California…Matt Weiser

http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2012/01/11/v-print/2186343/dry-january-raises-concern-over.html

The dreaded D-word – "drought" – is back on the tongues of many Californians now that a dry December has crawled into a dry January.

A dry December is not that unusual. But a dry January – well along into winter and usually the state's wettest month – is another matter.

"What is unusual is that it just hangs on and on and on," said Maury Roos, chief hydrologist at the California Department of Water Resources, noting it will be hard to recover from the missed January storms.

"It's not impossible, but it's quite unlikely we'll make it back to normal before the end of the season," Roos said.

Sacramento has had no rain since Dec. 15, and only a trace on that day: 0.07 inches.

Lake Tahoe – so dependent on snowfall for its winter economy – has fared just as badly. South Lake Tahoe has seen no measurable precipitation since Nov. 20, according to National Weather Service data.

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When governments and scientists lie

Submitted: Sep 29, 2011
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The history of radiation accidents testifies that governments routinely betray their citizens in deference to their nuclear weapons program and the nuclear industry. No, only one alternative is open to the people of Japan. They must become proactive. They must seize the initiative and wrest control from government and industry of the “perception” of the catastrophe.  -- Paul Zimmerman, Sept. 27, 2011
 

 

9-27-11
Global Ressearch
Fukushima and the Battle for Truth
Large sectors of the Japanese population are accumulating significant levels of internal contamination
by Paul Zimmerman
 

Fukushima’s nuclear disaster is a nightmare. Ghostly releases of radioactivity haunt the Japanese countryside. Lives, once safe, are now beset by an ineffable scourge promising vile illness and death.

Large sectors of the population are accumulating significant levels of internal contamination, setting the stage for a public health tragedy.

A subtle increase in the number of miscarriages and fetal deaths will be the first manifestation that something is amiss. An elevated incidence of birth defects will begin in the Fall and continue into the indefinite future. Thyroid diseases, cardiac diseases and elevated rates of infant and childhood leukemia will follow. Over the next decade and beyond, cancer rates will soar.

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Battle of the Lower Columbia goes on

Submitted: Sep 26, 2011
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Badlands Journal editorial board

9-24-11
The Daily Newsl
ILWU Ladies Auxiliary protests alleged police brutality
By Tony Lystra
http://tdn.com/news/local/article_41e7df04-e71f-11e0-a311-001cc4c03286.html
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John Markon / The Daily News
 Amanda Bornstedt, left, carried a homemade "Hugs for Thugs" sign at Saturday's pro-union rally for women in West Kelso because she "liked the non-violent message"

About 50 women, most of them members of the International Warehouse and Longshore Union's Ladies Auxiliary, staged a protest in West Kelso Saturday afternoon, alleging their members were brutalized by police during a protest at the EGT grain terminal Wednesday.

Nearly a dozen female protesters arrested as they helped block a train carrying grain to the Longview terminal complained of back injury, sprains and strains to their shoulders, said Karin Hogg of Longview, who identified herself as the Ladies Auxiliary vice president. One woman was diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff, she said.

Hogg noted that security officers employed by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad arrested the women Wednesday, but she said local law enforcement officers watched. "Many of them laughed and they were high-fiving and fist-pumping," Hogg said of the local police.

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A real tea party on the Columbia River

Submitted: Sep 18, 2011
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the ILWU, is battling a global grain-shipping corporate partnership in the Washington State port of Longview, near the mouth of the Columbia River.

 

The contenders are:

 

EGT is a joint venture of Bunge, STX Pan Ocean, and Itochu. EGT has contracted with General Construction Company, employer of Operating Engineers Local 701, to do the work that is the long-established jurisdiction of the men and women of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 21. -- Longshore and Shipping News

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It ain't really "natural"

Submitted: Aug 24, 2011
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

8-24-11
Genetic Engineering News List
ConAgra Sued Over GMO '100% Natural' Cooking Oils
Michele Simon
Food Safety News
http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/08/conagra-sued-over-gmo-100-natural-cooking-oils/

If you use Wesson brand cooking oils, you may be able to join a class action
against food giant ConAgra for deceptively marketing the products as natural.

These days it's hard to walk down a supermarket aisle without bumping into a
food product that claims to be "all-natural." If you've ever wondered how even
some junk food products can claim this moniker (witness: Cheetos Natural Puff
White Cheddar Cheese Flavored Snacks - doesn't that sound like it came straight
from your garden?) the answer is simple if illogical: the Food and Drug
Administration has not defined the term natural.

So food marketers, knowing that many shoppers are increasingly concerned about
healthful eating, figured: why not just slap the natural label on anything we
can get away with? That wishful thinking may soon be coming to an end if a few
clever consumer lawyers have anything to say about it.

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