October 24th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
A group of New York City prisoners may become beekeepers. That’s because the Osborne Association, a nonprofit focused on providing certain tools for alternatives to longer prison sentences, took several prisoners on a beekeeping tour, reports DNAinfo.com.
Read More:Criminal Rehabilitation Abuzz with Beekeeping
October 20th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
A coalition of environmental organizations is urging the executive secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity to enact a global ban on the industrial planting of genetically modified trees.
Read More:Where’s the Lorax When You Need Him? Global Ban Called for on GMO Trees
October 17th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Farmers have been planting rows of crops for thousands of years, but the future of farming may be a bit less spread out as a recent article in the Wall Street Journal reports on the ever-increasing vertical farming movement.
Read More:Vertical Farming Movement is Growing (Straight Up, That is)
October 7th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
New data published in the recent issue of the journal Environmental Sciences Europe finds that U.S. farmers are using significantly more applications of toxic pesticides than in 1996 when pesticide intensive genetically modified crops were first widely introduced, reports Reuters.
Read More:GMOs Put Pesticide Use On the Rise, New Study Finds
October 4th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Women and Hispanic U.S. farmers can snag a chunk of a $1.33 billion settlement based on claims that the groups were discriminated against by the USDA; in addition, they’re now also eligible for funds from $160 million pot set aside to assist with debt relief, according to the agency.
Read More:USDA Settles Farmer Discrimination Claims for $1.33 Billion
September 30th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
A recent L.A. Times poll suggests California’s Proposition 37, which would make it the first state to require mandatory labeling on foods containing genetically modified ingredients, is likely to pass by more than a 2-to-1 margin this coming November.
Read More:Polls Show Californians Will Pass GMO Labeling Law in November
September 20th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
As California heats up over Proposition 37, the November 2012 ballot initiative that could see the state adopt mandatory labeling for all foods containing genetically modified ingredients, new research adds startling cancer concerns to the discussion.
Read More:Monsanto’s Roundup Pesticide Causes Cancer in Study
September 13th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Scotts Miracle Gro, the world’s largest producer of residential pesticides, must pay the largest fine of its kind in U.S. history totaling $12.5million for violation of Federal pesticide laws including the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. The company was also charged with adding illegal toxins to wild bird food.
Read More:Scotts Miracle-Gro to Pay Biggest Fine Ever for Misuse of Pesticides
September 9th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Swiss biotech corporation, Syngenta, has launched a campaign promoting the safety of atrazine, the controversial chemical herbicide targeted in the recent documentary “Last Call at the Oasis.”
Read More:Syngenta Launches Pro-Pesticide Propaganda Website
September 5th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Among the notable reasons for supporting organic food—fewer pesticides and chemical fertilizers, more sustainable management of resources, decreased risk of antibiotic resistant pathogens—there has also been a frequent discussion on the superior nutritional content of foods grown and raised organically. Pro-organic advocates have long pointed to an increased bioavailability of important vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in organic foods, but sparking a controversial discussion is new research coming out of Stanford University suggesting that may not actually be the case.
Read More:Why Do You Choose Organic Food? Health ‘Benefits’ Prove Contentious