We’ve Been Sold a Lie for Two Decades About Genetically Engineered Foods...

Dec 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food Europe has been right all along to renounce GE crops. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet March against Monsanto 2014-05-24 Photo Credit: Die Grünen Kärnten/Flickr CC Editor’s note: The terms GE (genetic engineering) and GMO (genetically modified organism) are often used interchangeably, but their meanings are different. GMOs, which are produced when plant breeders select genetic traits that may also occur naturally, have been around for centuries. Common examples are seedless watermelons and modern broccoli. The subject of much recent debate are GE foods, which have only been around in recent decades and are produced by transferring genes between organisms. The resulting GE organisms—either plant-, or in the case of GE salmon, animal-based—would not otherwise occur in nature. This article is about GE foods. In 1994, a tomato known as Flavr Savr became the first...

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Court Fails to Protect Bees and Beekeepers From Toxic Pesticides...

Dec 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Pesticide-coated seeds remain unregulated by EPA as pollinator populations plummet Center for Food Safety   VIA ALTERNET December 1, 2016 bee keeper with bee colony Photo Credit: Pazargic Liviu/Shutterstock On November 21, a judge in the Northern District of California delivered a crushing blow to the nation’s beekeepers and imperiled honey bees. The judge ruled against the beekeepers and public interest advocates in a lawsuit seeking to protect honey bees and the broader environment from unregulated harms caused by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) lax policies for seeds coated with certain insecticides known to cause massive die-offs of honey bees. “It is astounding that a judge, EPA or anyone with any common sense would not regulate this type of toxic pesticide use, especially when the seed-coatings are so broadly applied and there is so much at...

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6 Ways Your Diet Can Help Combat Post-Trump Stress Disorder...

Nov 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food A healthy, balanced diet can help alleviate post-election anxiety. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet President Barack Obama toasts a glass of beer to Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband, Professor Joachim Sauer, in Krun, Germany, Sunday, June 7, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Photo Credit: President Barack Obama toasts a glass of beer to Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany (Pete Souza/WhiteHouse.gov) In her recent article, “American Women Are Suffering from Trump Traumatic Stress Disorder,” Sarah Jones, the publisher of PoliticusUSA, described the negative impact Trump’s victory has had on the gastrointestinal tracts of female voters: At first I thought it was just me. But then all of my friends told me they too were unable to stop crying and in between crying, were throwing up or so nauseated they...

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Why Are the Residents of This Small Village So Happy? They’re Managing Their Farmland as Commons...

Nov 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food Their fundamental premise is that the value of farmland lies in its contribution to food production, lasting ecosystems and human life—not financial gain. By Véronique Rioufol, Sjoerd Wartena / Levellers Press  VIA ALTERNET Senior woman with a basket of harvested vegetables against a hothouse Photo Credit: Alexander Raths/Shutterstock The following essay was published in the book Patterns of Commoning, edited by David Bollier and Silke Helfrich (Levellers Press, 2015) A feeling of joy and achievement runs through the group of ten people gathered in Robert’s kitchen. After three years of planning, they have come to celebrate: Ingrid and Fabien will soon be able to settle down and develop their farming business. The farm is theirs! In this small, pastoral village of the French Pre-Alps, establishing young farmers is an act of will. Everywhere,...

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WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WITH YOUR FOOD SCRAPS?...

Nov 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock Waste watchers By Ask Umbra®  GRIST Tweet Q. Dear Umbra, When disposing of food waste, what’s better: putting it down the garbage disposal, or disposing of it in the solid waste stream? I know my water treatment plant incinerates solids, and my waste provider landfills its waste. Which uses less energy? Jake Worcester A. Dearest Jake, This is the kind of question we face multiple times every day, but I daresay it’s especially timely this season. Soon enough, we’ll all be poised over our collective sinks, scraping forks at the ready, wondering what to do with all those turkey carcasses, potato skins, and Aunt Mildred’s leftover brussels sprouts. Garbage disposal? Garbage? Feed it all to the dog? What’s a conscientious eater to do? You probably already know this, Jake, so at the...

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MADAGASCAR DROUGHT: 330,000 PEOPLE ‘ONE STEP FROM FAMINE’, U.N. WARNS...

Nov 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE GUARDIAN Food and Agriculture Organisation says 330,000 people are on verge of ‘a food security catastrophe’ following sustained drought that has decimated crops Southern Madagascar has been hit by three successive years of drought, leaving aid agencies struggling to meet the growing need for humanitarian assistance. Photograph: Luc Genot/FAO Global development is supported by About this content Peter Lykke Lind in Antananarivo The severe drought afflicting southern Madagascar has left 330,000 people on the brink of famine, a senior UN official has warned. Three successive years of failed rains have left the island nation wrestling with crop failure and a chronic lack of food and clean drinking water, with agencies warning last month that nearly 850,000 people are experiencing “alarming” hunger levels. “Three hundred and thirty thousand are on the verge of...

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While the nation was watching the election, the EPA just approved another toxic herbicide for Monsanto...

Nov 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]  by: L.J. Devon, Staff Writer  NATURAL NEWS (NaturalNews) As universities across the country hold cry-ins, counseling sessions, and post-election therapy events for narcissistic, cry-baby college students, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has quietly approved Monsanto’s new drift-prone herbicide, which will further poison, emasculate, and weaken the population. The soils are suffering from persistent over farming, bio-solid toxins, and chemical-intense agriculture. Soil and crops are so nutritionally depleted; the effect can be witnessed in the panicky, easily manipulated, fragile-minded behaviors of people. EPA bows to Monsanto again, keeping farmers trapped in the herbicide-dependent agricultural cycle The EPA is run by people who have worked for the biotech industry, who buckle under the pressure of the demands of multinational corporations like Monsanto. The EPA cannot protect anything if they lack the courage to say no...

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US MILITARY PLANS TO DUMP 20,000 TONS OF HEAVY METALS AND EXPLOSIVES INTO THE OCEANS...

Nov 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report US Navy forces engage in maneuver training in the Philippine Sea, November 28, 2013. The massive amount of heavy metals and highly toxic compounds the Navy introduces into the environment will not be cleaned up by the Navy, nor will the Navy contribute to medical tests for people whose health may suffer. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman / US Navy) The US Navy has been conducting war-game exercises in US waters for decades, and in the process, it has left behind tons of bombs, heavy metals, missiles, sonar buoys, high explosives and depleted uranium munitions that are extremely harmful to both humans and marine life. Truthout recently reported that the Navy has admitted to releasing chemicals into the oceans that are known...

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MONSANTO IS SCRAMBLING TO BURY THIS BREAKING STORY – PLEASE SHARE...

Nov 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Food Babe   I am frankly shocked this information is not making front page news right now. Monsanto will do anything to bury this story… and as of right now, it’s working. Not a single mainstream media outlet has covered this appalling new report that shows millions of people being poisoned by a chemical that does not belong in our food. This chemical is ending up in processed foods like Cheerios, Ritz Crackers, and Oreos and being consumed by humans across the world. The health of millions of people is on the line and this news must go mainstream! That’s why I’m calling on every single one of you who reads this post to share this breaking story now. The only way this injustice will be corrected is if enough of us stand up and demand that something be done to...

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An Ambitious Vision for the Next 50 Years: The New Landscape Declaration...

Nov 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Jared Green  THE DIRT After three months of intense deliberation, the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) has released their New Landscape Declaration, a poetic, powerful statement that many will feel captures the aspirations of landscape architects to steer the world onto a more sustainable course. At the ASLA 2016 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Barbara Deutsch, FASLA, president of the LAF, said the declaration will help landscape architects have a “multiplying effect” beyond their numbers. The declaration, which is written for a global audience, will soon be translated into 30 languages. “On June 10-11, 2016, over 700 landscape architects with a shared concern for the future were assembled by the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Inspired by LAF’s 1966 Declaration of Concern, we crafted a new vision for landscape architecture for the 21st century....

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THE DESIGN OPPORTUNITIES OF AGRICULTURE...

Nov 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Heidi Petersen   THE DIRT Farmers at Grow Dat Farm / Claire Bangser In New Orleans’ City Park, Grow Dat Youth Farm nurtures young leaders through the important and meaningful work of growing food. Started in 2011 on 4 acres, the program has grown to 7 acres and produces 20,000 pounds of produce a year. It is a successful operation, to be sure. Yet, as Johanna Gilligan, with Grow Dat, said at the ASLA 2016 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, the farm struggles with systemic issues, something a thoughtful landscape architect could help them solve. Agricultural Plots / Grow Dat Youth Farm Landscape architects are “generalists and synthesizers who design in complexity,” said Connie Migliazza, ASLA, WRT San Francisco. The skill set of the landscape architect is perfectly suited to agriculture: they are trained...

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SEE HOW QUICKLY EATING ORGANIC CAN RID YOUR BODY OF PESTICIDES...

Nov 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TAKE PART A new study suggests that just two weeks of eating a changed diet is enough to drastically reduce the amount of lingering ag chemicals.   Willy Blackmore is TakePart’s Food editor. There are pesticides—and other agricultural chemicals too—in your body right now. With organic food production accounting for less than 1 percent of the world’s farmland, herbicides, fungicides, plant growth regulators, and all the rest are part of the global dietary reality—and when we eat foods treated with them, the chemicals stick around. Do they pose a health risk? Do they ever go away? Do we need to be worried about them? Should you be paying way more for organic groceries to avoid them? The short answer is that no one really knows, but a new study funded by a Swedish...

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The Bizarre History of How Corporate Food Industry Flooded Our Farmlands with GMOs...

Nov 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Books It’s one elaborate con job. By Linda Bonvie, Bill Bonvie / Skyhorse Publishing Photo Credit: Sandra Matic / Shutterstock The following is excerpted with permission from the forthcoming book Badditives! The 13 Most Harmful Food Additives in Your Diet—and How to Avoid Them by Linda Bonvie and Bill Bonvie (January 2017). Copyright 2017, Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. No matter what you may have heard about how completely “safe” genetically modified foods are, it is part of an elaborate con job—one designed to protect the profits of both Big Food and the biotechnology industry at the expense of your family’s health. Perhaps the best indicator of how patently false those notions are comes from those consumers whose honesty you can always depend on—animals. As Jeffrey M. Smith, executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, notes...

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THE NEW YORK TIMES CUTS THROUGH THE HYPE ON GMOS...

Nov 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   They’re likely safe to eat, but they sure haven’t lived up to their high-yield, low-pesticide promise. Tom Philpott  MOTHER JONES Eighty percent of US corn, by far our biggest crop, is genetically modified. What has that gained us? James Brey/iStock Genetically modified seeds emerged in the mid-1990s and have since conquered million of acres of US farmland. Today, upward of 80 percent of corn, soybean, and cotton acreage is planted with crops engineered to withstand herbicides or insects, as have large portions of our sugar beet and alfalfa crops. Beyond the massive marketing triumph and financial success of companies like Monsanto and Syngenta—which sell both the seeds and the related herbicides—what has the industry achieved in terms of public benefits? Have they helped farmers churn out more food per acre and reduce...

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A FOOD FOREST GROWS IN BROOKLYN...

Oct 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TAKE PART Swale aims to turn public art into public service by providing free fruits and vegetables to all. (Photo: Swaleny.org) Sarah McColl has written for Yahoo Food, Bon Appétit, and other publications. She’s based in Brooklyn, New York.   In the spring of 2010, The New York Times made a mistake that required more than a sidebar correction. “On Second Thought, Don’t Eat the Plants in the Park,” read the City Room blog headline. The story retracted earlier advice to pick the delicious day lily shoots in Central Park. It’s illegal, for starters—but there was something else.   “It’s like the old adage here,” Adrian Benepe, the city’s parks commissioner, told the paper. “If 15 people decide to go harvest day lilies to stir-fry that night, you could wipe out the entire...

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‘This Is Unimaginable’: Hurricane Matthew’s Devastation Includes Tens of Thousands of Farm Animals...

Oct 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Officials are tracking down farm animals who desperately need assistance. By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet New aerial imagery captured by the Waterkeeper Alliance is an eye-opening view of the massive clean-up North Carolina faces post Hurricane Matthew. Rising flood waters have devastated farming communities and from the air one can view entire towns engulfed in the aftermath of the storm. “This is more water than we could ever imagine,” North Carolina’s Agriculture Commissioner remarked after viewing the footage, “…crops that are flooded out, farms surrounded by water and flooded poultry houses.” In addition to the multi-million dollars in damages caused to farms, agriculture groups are reporting animal deaths in the tens of thousands. Gov. Pat McCrory has recommended the carcasses be composted. “You can do it right there on the farm, without...

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PARIS ALLOWS ANYONE TO PLANT AN URBAN GARDEN...

Oct 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Lacy Cooke  INHABITAT.COM View Slideshow Paris just passed a new law that allows anyone to plant an urban garden within the city’s limits. Upon receiving a permit, gardeners can grow plants on walls, in boxes, on rooftops, under trees, or on fences. They can cultivate greenery in front of their homes or offices. They can grow flowers, vegetables, and fruit. Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo’s goal is to create 100 hectares of living walls and green roofs by the year 2020, with one third of that greenery dedicated to agriculture. Locals are encouraged to be “gardeners of the Parisian public space” under the new law. Gardeners must use sustainable methods, avoiding pesticides and promoting biodiversity in the city. They are asked to sign a “Charter of revegetation” and grow “local honey plants,” and...

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AGROFORESTRY CAN BOOST PROFITS AND HELP SAVE THE PLANET...

Oct 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Paul Brown / Climate News Network     Trees planted as windbreaks for crops in Minnesota. (Eli Sagor via Flickr) LONDON—Feeding the world’s growing population in a rapidly warming world will not be possible with modern intensive agriculture that relies on cutting down more forests to plant crops, according to new research. The only way to produce enough crops and mitigate climate change at the same time is to adopt what the researchers have called agroforestry, a system of growing crops alongside trees and shrubs. In a paper published in Sustainability journal, scientists from the department of crop sciences at the University of Illinois, US, say one of the most difficult aspects of the idea is changing farmers’ attitudes. Adopting agroforestry Matt Wilson, a graduate student who has been talking to farmers...

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Widespread Mercury Contamination Across Western North America, Study Finds...

Oct 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Environment It’s in the air, soil, sediment, plants, fish and wildlife. By Susan Kemp / U.S. Geological Survey   VIA ALTERNET   Red deer on the bank of azure lake. Rocky Mountains of Canada Photo Credit: kavram/Shutterstock An international team of scientists led by the U.S. Geological Survey, recently documented widespread mercury contamination in air, soil, sediment, plants, fish, and wildlife at various levels across western North America. They evaluated potential risk from mercury to human, fish, and wildlife health, and examined resource management activities that influence this risk. Wetland habitats, such as the Great Salt Lake wetlands, provide critical feeding areas for many fish and wildlife species. (image: Collin Eagles-Smith, USGS)Mercury is widespread in the environment, and under certain conditions poses a substantial threat to environmental health and natural resource conservation. We gathered...

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SEEDS OF CORPORATE POWER VS. FARMERS’ RIGHTS...

Oct 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Karen Hansen-Kuhn, Foreign Policy in Focus | Report (Photo: Pascal Frei; Edited: LW / TO) The consolidation of corporate power in agriculture has been in the news a lot lately, first with the proposed ChemChina-Syngenta and Dow-DuPont mergers, and now with Bayer’s proposal to purchase seed giant Monsanto. National Farmers Union president Roger Johnson testified in Congress that the proposed mergers would enable just three corporations to control 80 percent of the USseed supply (and 70 percent of the global pesticide market). The result is that farmers have fewer and fewer choices about the kinds of seeds they want to plant. The concentration of processing and distribution also limits options and further squeezes farmers at a time when prices are tumbling around the globe. This expansion of corporate control is also happening in...

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Those Burgers Aren’t Just Making Us Fat—They’re Messing With Our Immune Systems, Too...

Oct 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food New research reveals that high-fat diets can impair memory and make our immune systems attack our own bodies. By Lucy Goodchild Van Hilten / AlterNet Photo of a doctor’s hand holding a cheeseburger Photo Credit: Ocskay Mark/Shutterstock A junk food diet is clearly not healthy. Burgers widen our waistlines, raise our cholesterol levels and tighten our arteries. But scientists now think that even before it shows up as additional pounds on the scale, junk food is changing our bodies in other, surprising ways. It’s actually a form of malnutrition that could be making our immune systems attack our own bodies. In a recent study published in the Journal of Immunology, scientists at Australia’s University of New South Wales investigated a typical western diet—one that’s high in saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids....

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DECLINE OF BEES FORCED CHINA’S APPLE FARMERS TO POLLINATE BY HAND...

Oct 5, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Dave Goulson  CHINA DIALOGUE.NET The decline of wild bees in China threatens more than just its apple and pear harvests, says pollination expert Dave Goulson. About 75% of all crops require pollination by bees or other species (Image copyright: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Nepal) In the last 50 years, the global human population has nearly doubled, while the average calories consumed per person has increased by about 30%. To cope with the ever growing demand for food, more land has been brought into agricultural production, mainly by clearing forests, and farming has become much more intensive. Fertilisers, pesticides, and development of new plant varieties have allowed farmers to increase the average yield of food per hectare to increase by 130% in the same period. It is obvious that this pattern cannot...

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REPORT: NEW TECHNOLOGY CAN MINIMIZE IMPACTS OF INDUSTRIAL FISH FARMS...

Oct 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Researchers say controversial aquaculture operations like one planned for the Southern California coast could be environmentally sustainable. A fish farm in China. (Photo: Xinhua/Chu Yang via Getty Images) Katharine Gammon has written for Nature, Wired, Discover, and Popular Science. A new mom, she lives in Santa Monica.   The United States imports more than 90 percent of its fish, and more than half of that is grown on overseas fish farms. So why not establish aquaculture operations closer to home? “The benefits of creating a robust aquaculture system are significant, and Southern California could serve as a model for the nation,” said Jerry Schubel, president of the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. Advertisement The aquarium was a partner in a study released Tuesday analyzing the viability of aquaculture operations in...

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1 IN 5 SEAFOOD SAMPLES MISLABELED WORLDWIDE, FINDS NEW OCEANA REPORT...

Sep 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] OCEANA Oceana calls on President Obama to track all seafood from boat to plate as ocean leaders prepare to gather in DC for the Our Ocean Conference.     Amelia Vorpahl: avorpahl@oceana.org 202-467-1968, 202-476-0632 (cell) Dustin Cranor: dcranor@Oceana.org 954.348.1314 WASHINGTON – Today, Oceana released a new report detailing the global scale of seafood fraud, finding that on average, one in five of more than 25,000 samples of seafood tested worldwide was mislabeled. In the report, Oceana reviewed more than 200 published studies from 55 countries, on every continent except for Antarctica. The studies found seafood fraud present in each investigation with only one exception. The studies reviewed also found seafood mislabeling in every sector of the seafood supply chain: retail, wholesale, distribution, import/export, packaging/processing and landing. An interactive map of the global seafood...

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6.8 MILLION TEENAGERS ARE FOOD-INSECURE...

Sep 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Young adults are increasingly victims of a failing economy that is leaving them starving. By Michelle Chen    THE NATION.COM Teens from the Food Project’s Summer Program harvest melons on a farm in suburban Lincoln, Massachusetts. (Reuters / Brian Snyder) A teenager’s everyday life should be concerned with first crushes, final exams, and new friends at school, not whether they’ll get to eat today. But for some, their most vital years of youth are a time of gnawing hunger. New research by the Urban Institute reveals hidden starvation nationwide among adolescents. The interview-based study suggests that nutritional deprivation is intensifying and forcing barely mature youth into “expedited adulthood.” This is happening even when they live in otherwise stable families; the pattern suggests a new normal for teen hunger, which is apparently impacting not just socially dislocated teenagers...

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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT COULD FEED THE WORLD’S GROWING POPULATION AND PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT...

Sep 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Tim Radford / Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG     African farmers using cattle to thresh wheat in Eritrea, a region vulnerable to climate change. (David Stanley via Flickr) LONDON—More than half of all the world’s maize crops and around a third of all wheat and rice will be grown in regions vulnerable to climate change in the next 50 to 100 years, according to new research. At the same time, the world’s population will grow to 9 billion, and global food production will need to rise by from 60% to 110% by 2050 to keep up with demand. Such changes will inevitably hit the poorest nations hardest, and will put at hazard the planet’s remaining wilderness areas and the surviving wild plants and animals that keep ecosystems stable. But a...

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Consumers Urged to Avoid Buying Salmon to Let Depleted Fisheries Recover...

Sep 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Coastal ecosystems and wildlife are impacted by disappearing salmon. By Dr. David Suzuki / AlterNet   Raw salmon fish steak with ingredients like lemon, pepper, sea salt and dill on black board, sketched image with chalk of salmon fish with steak and fishing rod Photo Credit: Martin Gaal/Shutterstock Salmon have been swimming in Pacific Northwest waters for at least seven million years, as indicated by fossils of large saber-tooth salmon found in the area. During that time, they’ve been a key species in intricate, interconnected coastal ecosystems, bringing nitrogen and other nutrients from the ocean and up streams and rivers to spawning grounds, feeding whales, bears and eagles and fertilizing the magnificent coastal rainforests along the way. For as long as people have lived in the area, salmon have been an important food...

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10 Reasons You Should Start Foraging for Your Own Food...

Sep 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Nature is teeming with edibles. You just need to look. By Pascal Baudar / AlterNet Man holding fresh Chestnuts picked from the forest floor Photo Credit: Sam Spicer/Shutterstock In the past few years, foraging—collecting edibles in the wild—has become more popular as people have rediscovered the joy of connecting with nature and enjoying its bounty. Done properly, foraging can be a fun activity, and benefit nature too. I’m not talking about commercial foraging (which can have drawbacks), but a more fun and personal approach to the concept of eating wild food. Personally I actually like to use the term wildcrafting, instead of foraging. The difference is subtle but important: Wildcrafting is not about taking from nature, but working with it and even helping the environment. Wikipedia has an excellent definition for wildcrafting:...

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THE PATENT THAT COULD DESTROY MONSANTO AND CHANGE THE WORLD …...

Sep 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] ECOSNIPPETS.COM   If there’s anything you read – or share – let this be it. The content of this article has potential to radically shift the world in a variety of positive ways. And as Monsanto would love for this article to not go viral, all we can ask is that you share, share, share the information being presented so that it can reach as many people as possible. In 2006, a patent was granted to a man named Paul Stamets. Though Paul is the world’s leading mycologist, his patent has received very little attention and exposure. Why is that? Stated by executives in the pesticide industry, this patent represents “the most disruptive technology we have ever witnessed.” And when the executives say disruptive, they are referring to it being disruptive to the chemical...

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‘A Five-Alarm Threat to Our Food Supply’: Experts Describe Bayer-Monsanto Merger...

Sep 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food A scary future for farmers around the world. By Katherine Paul / AlterNet NEW YORK CITY – MAY 23 2015: environmental activists joined a global day out against Monsanto’s GMO programs & demanding that foods be labeled. Photo Credit: a katz / Shutterstock.com It’s been about a week since Monsanto and Bayer confirmed their intention to say “I do”—ample time for media, lawmakers, consumer and farmer advocacy groups, and of course the happy couple themselves, to weigh in on the pros and cons. Reactions poured in from all the usual suspects. Groups like the Farmers Union, Food & Water Watch, Friends of the Earth and others didn’t mince words when it came to condemning the deal. (Organic Consumers Association tagged it a “Marriage Made in Hell” back in May, pre-announcement, when the two mega-corporations were still...

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