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FDA Decision to Expand Food Irradiation Masks Weak Import Inspections - by Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C. – “Today’s announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approving the use of ionizing radiation as a food safety measure for crustaceans continues to show how inadequate the FDA food inspection system is, especially for imported foods. Food & Water Watch continues to harbor concerns about the safety of foods treated with radiation, but irradiation continues to be used as a crutch by FDA as a substitute for hiring more inspection personnel and investing in...
Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 2:43PM
Unlabeled GMO Salmon? Groups Call on FDA to Rein In Industry Claims - by Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C.—Food & Water Watch and Center for Food Safety called on FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg on April 11 to put an end to erroneous statements by AquaBounty Technologies Vice President, who recently told the press that FDA has already decided that the company’s GMO salmon will be sold without a label. (see PDF)
Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:06PM
Celebrate the RH victory in the Philippines, continue the struggle - by Akbayan (Citizens Action Party)
On the Supreme Court decision declaring the Reproductive Health Law constitutional
Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:15AM
A Deadly Pig Virus Has Killed As Many As 6 Million Pigs In the US, Canada And Mexico - by 123
Factory farm conditions of filth are one of the factors in the development of a deadly virus
Posted: Wed Apr 9, 2014 8:28AM
National Day of Solidarity with Albuquerque, May 10th - by Javier
On May 10th, we are calling out for a nationwide display of Solidarity with the people of Albuquerque, James Boyd, The strikers behind prison walls, and all of those who have been murdered and imprisoned under the guise of ‘the justice system’. We are calling out for a nationwide display of resistance against a society that wishes to incarcerate us, kill us, beat us, and repress us. Spread this everywhere, and organize this everywhere! Link up with friends, large or small, and do the fuck...
Posted: Mon Apr 7, 2014 5:49PM
Arizona State Senator Blocks Funding for Long-Sought Medical Marijuana Research - by MAPS
After 22 years of hard-fought efforts, the non-profit pharmaceutical company Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) has finally obtained approval from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for a FDA clinical trial to examine the medical safety and efficacy of marijuana. The trial would study military veterans suffering from treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Yet the study’s ability to receive Arizona state funding is in jeopardy...
Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:55PM
Anonymous Operation Albuquerque - by Anonymous
Greetings city of Albuquerque, we are Anonymous. Recently, a video has been released to the public which shows Albuquerque Police Officers murdering a man in cold blood for 'illegally camping'. This man, which was schizophrenic, obviously had no intention of hurting these police officers, on the contrary, this man looks as if he is simply attempting to protect himself from visually fierce militarized thugs.
Posted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:07PM
Court Asked to Uphold California Ban on Cruelly Produced Eggs - by The Humane Society
An attempt by six states to overturn a California law that requires more humane treatment of egg-laying hens and higher food safety standards will face legal opposition from The Humane Society of the United States. In papers filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, The HSUS is seeking to file a motion to dismiss a lawsuit that would overturn AB 1437, a law that stops the sale of eggs from hens confined in inhumane battery cages by the start of next year. The ...
Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:45PM
Willful Medical Negligence in Israeli Prisons - by Stephen Lendman
Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:27PM
Nurses Demand State Dept. Certify that Keystone XL Will Not Have Adverse Health Effects - by National Nurses United
The nation’s largest U.S. organization of nurses today called on Secretary of State John Kerry and the Obama Administration to issue a finding that the Keystone XL “will not adversely impact the health and safety of the American people” prior to any final decision on the controversial project.
Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:18PM
Five Global Threats to Family Farmers - by Marilyn Borchardt
Among the specific threats identified by the report are new trade and investment deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) due to be adopted by twelve Pacific Rim states, and the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) between the US and the European Union. These agreements, notes report author Tanya Kerssen, threaten to override national laws—such as land-use guidelines and regulations on genetically modified organisms (GMOs)—that protect family farmers. Those who stand to ben...
Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 12:21PM
Walking the New Broadway - by Jeff Prant
Carbusters.org, the journal of the carfree movement, generously allows over 40 past issues to be downloaded. http://carbusters.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2010/07/Carbusters-40.pdf
Posted: Sat Mar 8, 2014 5:54PM
Until Republicans Stop Hating the Safety Net, Poverty Will Continue to Grow - by Bill Berkowitz
January 8 marked the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty. What usually happens with anniversaries of this magnitude—i.e. this past summer’s 50th anniversary of the March on Washington—is that it is recognized and discussed for a media minute before other issues reclaim the nation’s attention.
Posted: Sat Mar 8, 2014 6:01AM
U.S. Supreme Court Lets Stand Rulings Prohibiting Anti-Immigrant Housing Ordinances - by ACLU
NEW YORK - The U.S. Supreme Court on March 3 declined to hear two prominent cases involving anti-immigrant local ordinances in Hazleton, Pennsylvania and Farmers Branch, Texas that would have denied housing to immigrants that the cities considered "illegal aliens." The decision will let stand lower court rulings in the 3rd and 5th Circuits, respectively, that found the ordinances unconstitutional and permanently prohibited the ordinances from taking effect.
Posted: Mon Mar 3, 2014 12:22PM
1,000+ Health Professionals Call on President Obama to Act on Fracking - by Environment America
Washington, D.C. – On February 20, Environment America Research & Policy Center and its state affiliates delivered letters (see PDF) from more than 1,000 doctors, nurses, and other health professionals to President Obama and state decision-makers asserting that fracking should be stopped, given the overwhelming threats to public health. The letters come as public awareness of the health and environmental impacts of fracking is on the rise. For example, in a peer-reviewed study published las...
Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:13PM
After community outcry, City Harvest takes no donations from settlement-builder Leviev - by Adalah-NY
Contrary to 2012 media reports touting Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev’s support for the New York City anti-hunger nonprofit City Harvest, the organization received no support of any kind from Leviev during that period. In November 2012, after media reported on Leviev’s support for City Harvest fundraisers, Adalah-NY mobilized letters from organizations and from over 600 individuals calling on the award-winning organization to reject funds from and publicly disavow Leviev due to his compan...
Posted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:14AM
Obamacare Harms America's Workforce - by Stephen Lendman
Posted: Wed Feb 5, 2014 11:49PM
Want to end poverty? Brazil's answer: Give people money - by Howard Schneider
Though controversial, the government a decade ago decided that any family under the poverty line would be given enough money to put them over it. The transfers, which now go to 14 million people, has helped decrease income inequality in the country – incomes for the poorest are growing faster than Brazil’s top earners.
Posted: Wed Feb 5, 2014 5:27AM
Shalefield Stories: Residents on the Frontlines of Fracking Tell Their Personal Stories - by Environment America
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today Environment America Research & Policy Center joined residents living on the frontlines of fracking who recounted their stories of illness, water contamination, and damage to their livelihoods due to dirty drilling operations in a new booklet called Shalefield Stories. The new booklet was released today even as President Obama touted natural gas development in his State of the Union speech and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz asserted last week that the impacts of frack...
Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:14PM
Lawsuit over Treatment of South Dakota Indian Parents and Tribes Can Move Forward - by ACLU
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A federal court has ruled that a lawsuit charging state and local officials with violating the rights of Indian parents and tribes in state child custody proceedings can go to trial.
Posted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:57PM