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FDA Approves Unlabeled GMO Salmon Despite Widespread Opposition from Scientists, Consumers - by via Food & Water Watch
Ignoring Calls for More Comprehensive Studies, FDA Fails to Protect Public
Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 3:11PM
Costilla County, CO Introduces GMO-Free Zone to Protect Traditional Farmers - by via Center for Food Safety
SAN LUIS, COLORADO (November 12, 2015)—THE CENTER FOR FOOD SAFETY (CFS) is proud to support a new ordinance introduced today in Costilla County, Colorado that would establish a “Center of Origin” GMO-Free Zone of Protection to preserve the county’s unique agricultural products and traditional farming systems. The ordinance is intended to protect the county’s traditional acequia (community irrigation ditch) farmers and their land race heirloom maize varieties that are unique to the U...
Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 1:55PM
Western Governors' Association Calls for Massive Weakening of Endangered Species Act - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— At the behest of Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, the Western Governors’ Association is hosting a “workshop” in Cody, Wyo., through Friday to discuss legislative changes designed to weaken the Endangered Species Act, including further delaying protection decisions and loosening scientific standards. Although the stated goal of the workshop is to encourage bipartisan conversations to improve the Endangered Species Act, the speakers at the gathering overwhelmingly represented industr...
Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:08AM
Public Meeting on Risky Arctic Drilling Designed to Stifle Public Input - by Center for Biological Diversity
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, November 9, 2015 — The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today is wrapping up a series of public meetings on Liberty, the latest Arctic offshore drilling project proposed in the Beaufort Sea. Center for Biological Diversity attorney Kristen Monsell is attending to raise concerns that the project threatens polar bears and ocean health — and to object to a meeting format that doesn’t allow a public vetting of these concerns.
Posted: Mon Nov 9, 2015 3:13PM
Los Angeles Sued Over Racially Discriminatory Oil Drilling Permitting - by Center for Biological Diversity
LOS ANGELES, November 6, 2015 — Youth groups and community organizations sued the city of Los Angeles today for allowing oil companies to drill hundreds of contaminating wells near homes without conducting mandatory environmental studies, and for exposing black and Latino residents to disproportionate health and safety risks by imposing less-protective rules in their neighborhoods.
Posted: Fri Nov 6, 2015 4:22PM
ALDF Sues USDA to Label Foie Gras for What It Is—Diseased - by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
San Francisco. CA, November 5, 2015— The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), the nation’s leading legal advocacy organization for animals, today filed suit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its “undue delay” in responding to an ALDF petition to require the labeling of foie gras.
Posted: Fri Nov 6, 2015 12:42AM
TPP Text Reveals Broad New Powers to Attack Food Safety, Food Labeling Laws - by via Food & Water Watch
11.5.15, WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the Obama administration released the long-secret text of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal that would weaken consumer protections, undermine U.S. food safety standards and prevent commonsense food labeling. The language included in the TPP is more aggressive than previous trade deals and provides broad new powers for other countries and foreign corporations to challenge U.S. food safety and food labeling measures.
Posted: Thu Nov 5, 2015 8:37PM
Nurses: Final TPP Text Even Worse Than Advertised - by via National Nurses United
Release of the full text of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade confirms nurses concerns about broad threats to public health and safety in the U.S. and other nations, National Nurses United said today. Photo: Led by Senator Bernie Sanders,more than 1,000 protesters march from the AFL-CIO headquarters to the office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Potesters rallied to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Posted: Thu Nov 5, 2015 1:32PM
Fracking-Harmed Residents Travel to D.C. to Call On EPA to Stop Ignoring Its Own Science - by via Food & Water Watch
10.28.15, WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today residents from communities across the country with fracking contaminated drinking water joined with advocates at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board public meetings to demand that EPA stop ignoring its own evidence of fracking water pollution, and correct the faulty declaration that the agency did “not find evidence that [fracking has] led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources”.
Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 9:09PM
Bacon, Ham, Sausage May Be Labeled as Carcinogens in California - by Center for Biological Diversity
OAKLAND, Calif. — The World Health Organization today classified the consumption of processed meats like bacon, ham and sausage as carcinogenic to humans, and red meat as probably carcinogenic. Under California’s Proposition 65, today’s decision should trigger a similar classification in California, requiring these meats sold throughout the state to include a label warning that the products are known to the state of California to cause cancer.
Posted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 2:43PM
Sam Farr's Response re: "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015" - by via Sam Farr
I too opposed this legislation for a myriad of reasons. Unfortunately, this legislation passed in the House by a margin of 275 to 150 and has been received in the Senate where it was referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.
Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 11:11PM
Public Interest Groups Support California Intent to Label Glyphosate Carcinogenic - by via Center for Food Safety
SACRAMENTO, CA (October 19, 2015)—Today, nearly 20 food, farming, public health and environmental organizations submitted a letter (see PDF) in support of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s (OEHHA’s) determination to list glyphosate as a substance known to the State of California to cause cancer under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (aka Proposition 65).
Posted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 2:17PM
ACLU Comment on Leaked Targeted Killing Documents - by American Civil Liberties Union
NEW YORK, October 15, 2015 — The Intercept released documents today showing that the government’s targeted killing operations are rife with intelligence shortcomings and frequent civilian casualties. The papers also reveal that the reality of the operations is far from the public picture presented by the government.
Posted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:39PM
ACLU Sues Psychologists Who Designed and Ran CIA Torture Program - by American Civil Liberties Union
SPOKANE, Wash., October 13, 2015 — Three former Central Intelligence Agency prisoners represented by the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit today against the two psychologists who designed and implemented the CIA’s torture program.
Posted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:35PM
Often in the shadows, 12 special interests wage aggressive anti-solar campaigns - by via Environment America
Phoenix, AZ –The Koch brothers, Duke Energy, and Arizona Public Service are among 12 special interest groups waging aggressive anti-solar campaigns across the country, often coordinated and behind the scenes, according to a new Environment America Research & Policy Center report (see PDF).
Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2015 6:28PM
New Campaign Targets Popcorn Companies’ Use of Bee-Toxic Insecticide - by via Center for Food Safety
WASHINGTON, DC (October 14, 2015)—Center for Food Safety today launched a new campaign asking Pop Secret and Pop Weaver, two of the largest popcorn companies in the country, to source their popcorn from seeds that are free of neonicotinoid insecticides. Corn seeds are routinely coated in neonicotinoids even if there is no pest problem present; consumers are asking the popcorn companies to stop this practice in their supply chain in order to protect bees and other important pollinators.
Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2015 3:23PM
Chumash Heritage Marine Sanctuary Moves Forward - by via Sierra Club
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today that the nomination for a new Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary has been accepted. The acceptance recognizes the site as deserving special status, and puts it officially under consideration for protec- tion as part of the National Marine Sanctuary Program. The proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary would be the first one to focus on indigenous culture and history as a primary core value along with...
Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 5:54PM
Fundraising Call Out for Oso Blanco - by Flint
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Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 4:56PM
New Database Shows Nanotechnology in Common Food Products - by via Center for Food Safety
October 5, 2015 (Washington, DC)—Center for Food Safety (CFS) today released a new searchable database of consumer food products that contain nanotechnology. Common food related products that contain nanotechnology include candies (M&M’s, Skittles), baby bottles, and plastic storage containers. Nanotechnology is a powerful but novel platform for taking apart and reconstructing nature at the atomic and molecular level with important human and environmental health ramifications. The databas...
Posted: Fri Oct 9, 2015 3:39PM
Court: EPA Failed to Protect U.S. Waters From Aquatic Invasive Species - by Center for Biological Diversity
ANN ARBOR, Mich.— In a 3-0 decision that has ramifications for waters across the country — from Long Island Sound to the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico to San Francisco Bay — the U.S. Court of Appeals’ 2nd Circuit today ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency failed its responsibility under the Clean Water Act to protect U.S. waters from aquatic invasive species introduced by ship’s ballast water discharge. Ballast water invaders cost citizens, businesses, industry an...
Posted: Mon Oct 5, 2015 4:52PM