Developers bully California Coastal Commission

Banning Ranch oil field Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

A pump jack in the Banning Ranch oil field. Nature hasn’t let go here; prickly pear cactus, grasslands, scrub-coated arroyos and marshes provide refuge for wildlife that has all but vanished from the Southland’s coastline.
A pump jack in the Banning Ranch oil field. Nature hasn’t […]

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Twisting the words to pillage the ocean

Science Daily reports on policy research:
Countries are loosely interpreting the legal meaning of “rational use” of natural resources to escalate fishing efforts in Antarctic waters and hinder efforts to establish marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean, scientists and legal scholars say.

The findings, published online in the journal Marine Policy, come as 24 countries plus […]

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Big Ag hides behind front groups

From Friends of the Earth:
Our new report, “Spinning food,” investigates how Big Food and agrochemical corporations are deliberately misleading the public — and reporters — on facts about industrial agriculture and organic and sustainable food production.
Taking their cues from the tobacco industry, these companies have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the past few […]

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Women feed the world

Bill Moyers republishes an article by Vedana Shiva on how women and their agricultural practices are the true path to feeding the world, NOT industrial agriculture. We’ve got to change that message the agribusiness giants have sold us. They are ruining the soil and reducing nutrtious yields, not feeding the world.
The two great ecological challenges […]

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Insecticides kill butterflies

Insecticide Blamed for Monarch Butterfly Decline
Posted by Jim Crabtree in Latest News, RSS, Toxics, Wildlife on April 6, 2015 8:19 am / no comments

 Environment News Service reports:
[Note from Christine: Why are we surprised that chemicals designed to kill insects kill butterflies? ]
WASHINGTON, DC, April 5, 2015 (ENS) – The neonicotinoid insecticide clothianidin is a […]

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GMOs undermine agricultural biology

Dr. Friedman’s analysis begins with a lengthy lecture on the biology of genetic change. It’s useful and, for the amount of material he covers, brief. For those already familiar with the mechanisms, skip ahead to the section on Capitalism, Biotechnology, and Environment.  The References are a helpful resource.
Michael Friedman wrote this analysis of the economic […]

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California’s bag ban under attack

The Sacramento Bee advises local communities to ban bags, since the industry has taken aim at the state law. The county I live in, San Luis Obispo, has had a bag ban for more than a year.
It was not surprising that out-of-state plastic-bag makers succeeded in temporarily scuttling a statewide ban on single-use grocery bags […]

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Big Data for Big Ag

Tom Philpott writes for Mother Jones:
Ask an agribusiness exec about sustainable agriculture, and you’ll likely get an earful about something called “precision agriculture.” What is it? According to Yara, the fertilizer giant, it’s technology that “enables farmers to add the specific nutrients needed for their crop, in exactly the right amount, at the right time.”
That […]

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Accountability for toxic ag chemicals

Enlist Duo is a combination of the herbicides 2,4-D and glyphosate developed by Dow Chemical Co. It received EPA approval for use in six states in October, and is on track for approval in ten more. 2,4-D was one of the ingredients in Agent Orange, the defoliant used in the Vietnam War that later was linked […]

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The long haul: Retired circus elephants

Dodo Contributor: Christina Russo is a freelance writer and writes primarily about animals.
What is going to happen to Rosie and Opal?
This is a nagging question for those who are following the tale of these two female elephants.
Since 2012, Rosie and Opal — a pair of middle-aged, retired circus elephants — had been living at Hope Elephants, a […]

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Climate Change and Capitalism

Bill Moyers interviews Naomi Klein on her new book This Changes Everything:
Naomi Klein, author of the international bestseller The Shock Doctrine, says the tragic destruction of Hurricane Sandy can also be the catalyst for the transformation of politics and our economy. She’s been in New York visiting the devastated areas — including those where “Occupy […]

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Secret travels of food

Elizabeth Grossman writes for Mother Jones:
On May 6, 2014, as I read through the morning’s incoming email, a Food Safety Alert from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcing a “voluntary recall of mangoes due to possible health risk” from the bacteria Listeria caught my eye. This grabbed my attention because at the time, […]

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Anti-GMO activist responds

Seeds of Truth
Dr. Vandana Shiva
(A response to the article ‘Seeds of Doubt’ by Michael Specter in The New Yorker)
I am glad that the future of food is being discussed, and thought about, on farms, in homes, on TV, online and in magazines, especially of The New Yorker’s caliber. The New Yorker has held its content […]

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Sleepy Creek Lands (ADENA SPRINGS): Make Your Voice Heard THURSDAY!

The Administrative Hearing to challenge the Sleepy Creek Lands formerly known as Adena Springs Ranch permits kicked off on Monday in Palatka. The judge has granted YOU the opportunity to be heard! This is your chance to help demonstrate that this massive cattle operation is NOT in the public interest. All you have to do […]

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Contamination hurts health

Elizabeth Grossman writes for The Pump Handle:
Where you live may be hazardous to your health. This is the conclusion of several recent reports and studies, among them a supplement to the most recent examination of health disparities by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and an analysis by the Environmental Justice and […]

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Pete Dykstra writes on the nuances of ‘climate change’ and ‘global warming:’

Fixing climate change won’t be easy. In fact, we haven’t even stopped arguing about whether we should call it “climate change,” or “global warming,” or the new, dark-horse entry, “climate disruption.”

This isn’t good news, folks. It’s been more than two decades since the world’s scientists […]

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Fracking $$$ pays off academia

The Fracking Prostitutes of American Colleges
(part 1 of 3)

by Walter Brasch
Lackawanna College, a two-year college in Scranton, Pa., has sold its academic integrity.
Its price is $2.5 million.
That’s how much Cabot Oil & Gas paid to the School of Petroleum and Natural Gas, whose own nine building campus is in New Milford in northeastern […]

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Chicken disinfectant hurts workers’ lungs

This approach reminds me of RoundUp Ready seeds: by creating plants that resist chemical herbicides, growers use more of them, blanketing crops with chemicals that then end up in our bodies. Adding more chemicals to the mix is not answer. Publicizing the conditions inside factory farms and processing plants lets the public know what’s going […]

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ON FRACKING: Cinema Verde Film Screenings

Executive Producer Mark Lichty joins us to discuss his film Groundswell Rising and the dangers of fracking: 6 p.m., April 16 at 716 N. Main Street in downtown Gainesville, Florida. DISCOUNT TICKETS FOR SIERRA CLUB MEMBERS AND GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO: Cinema Verde Film Screenings

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Oil Industry Gets An Earful As It Eyes Florida’s Everglades : NPR

  As oil production goes, Florida isn’t much of a player. The state     produced less than 2 million barrels last year, which is how much oil   Texas pumps from its wells each day.

That’s about to change as the revolution in oil drilling technology comes to Florida.

A Texas company has already received permission from the state […]

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