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Pipeline Company in Southern California Oil Spill Has Long History of Leaks
VENTURA, Calif., June 23, 2016 — The company that just spilled thousands of gallons of crude near the California coast in Ventura has a decade-long history of oil spills in the state, according to information uncovered by the Center for Biological Diversity.
Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 5:04PM
Unprecedented Offshore Fracking Threatens Alaska's Endangered Belugas
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, June 22, 2016 — The Center for Biological Diversity today urged federal officials to block an oil company’s plans to drill multiple new wells and conduct the first large, multistage offshore fracking ever done in Alaska’s environmentally sensitive Cook Inlet.
Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:40AM
Groups Question Lack of Transparency in Genetically Engineered Moth Experiments
WASHINGTON, June 15, 2016 — Environmental, food safety and organic farming organizations are demanding clear public information about a controversial plan to conduct an open air field trial of genetically engineered (GE) diamondback moths at Cornell’s agricultural experiment station in Geneva, New York. The GE moths are intended to control population levels with an engineered trait that causes female offspring to die in the larval stage. The diamondback moth is a pest for producers of cro...
Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2016 4:06PM
Familias boycott of Driscoll’s berries is gaining momentum
The membership of Familias has grown to more than 300 members. Some members are local, but many travel from California and parts of Mexico. Since 2013, Familias has improved the living and working conditions of their members. This includes increasing wages, securing clean bedding and mattresses, having retaliatory bosses removed, and securing back pay for over 30 farmworkers. Despite this substantial progress, their work is still not done.
Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:14PM
Evergreen State College Students Vote in Solidarity with Palestine and Farmworkers
On May 31, 2016, students at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA voted overwhelmingly to endorse resolutions expressing support for freedom and equality for Palestinians and labor justice for migrant workers at Sakuma Bros farm in northern Washington. The three resolutions asked students to (1.) condemn the presence of Caterpillar Inc. equipment on campus, to (2.) de-shelve Sabra hummus and (3.) prohibit the use of Sakuma Bros berries from campus dining services.
Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 1:10PM
Farmworkers Union Walk Out from the Fields This Morning
Burlington, WA — Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) members, an independent farmworker union based in Burlington, WA, and other farmworkers walked out of the Sakuma Bros Berry Farms this morning after more than 120 workers demanded an increase of the $0.24 per pound of strawberries that they were receiving. Workers are asking for an increase of their wage to $0.35 per pound of strawberries, along with the ongoing ask for a union contract.
Posted: Thu Jun 9, 2016 12:29PM
E.U. Countries Delay Approval of Toxic Chemical in RoundUp
WASHINGTON, June 6th, 2016 — Today in Brussels representatives from the European Union (E.U.) failed to pass a temporary reauthorization of glyphosate – a toxic chemical in the common pesticide RoundUp determined by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be a “probable carcinogen”. The committee was asked to grant re-authorization for between one and two years, to allow for completion of a safety assessment currently in progress at the European Chemicals Agency, but rejected the propo...
Posted: Mon Jun 6, 2016 1:11PM
Renewed Concern Over Labor Dispute at Washington Farm
Thousands of Consumers Ask Sakuma Brothers Farm to Negotiate a Fair Contract While Over 30 Organizations Ask Driscoll’s to Uphold Commitment to Freedom of Association PORTLAND, OR, May 26, 2016 – Leading fair trade advocacy organization, Fair World Project, joined over thirty other organizations in signing a letter asking Driscoll’s, the largest distributor of berries in the world, to make good on its commitment to enforcing the right to freedom of association and collective bargaini...
Posted: Thu Jun 2, 2016 3:32AM
President Obama Asked to Stop U.S. Military Project That Threatens Endangered Dugong
OKINAWA, Japan, May 26, 2016 — During President Obama’s visit to Japan for the G-7 summit, the Center for Biological Diversity called on him to abandon his controversial plan to build a large new military base in biologically rich and sensitive Henoko and Oura Bay. The bay is home to the dugong — a marine mammal related to manatees that is an ancient cultural icon in Okinawa — and other endangered species. That project is strongly opposed by residents of the island, which has had a hu...
Posted: Thu May 26, 2016 7:29PM
New UK Report Supports Strong Action on Antibiotics in Ag
WASHINGTON, May 20th, 2016 — A report commissioned by the government of the United Kingdom (see PDF) recommends reducing “the extensive and unnecessary use of antibiotics in agriculture” in order to curb the global spread of infections. The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance released its final report this week, calling for quick movement to ban or restrict the use of antibiotics in animals that are vital for human health, among other measures.
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 3:37PM
House Passes Most Environmentally Destructive Defense Authorization Act in History
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2016 — In a partisan vote today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which, if enacted into law, would gut protections for several endangered species, including the American burying beetle and lesser prairie chicken, and remove the Clean Water Act’s ability to control destructive invasive species. The must-pass legislation now moves to the Senate for further consideration.
Posted: Thu May 19, 2016 5:20PM
New Community Resource: It's a Trap!
(May 6, 2016) Today the National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (NLGSF) released a simple but critical piece of public education on undercover law enforcement, informants and cooperating witnesses. It's a Trap! (see PDF) provides basic information that everyone should know about the tactics of law enforcement, but that may be particularly important for political activists and those who are, or who are perceived to be, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim or South Asian.
Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 3:01PM
National Research Council GMO Study Compromised by Industry Ties
Washington, D.C., May 16, 2016 — One day before the National Research Council (NRC) is scheduled to release a multi-year research report about genetically engineered (GMO) crops and food, Food & Water Watch has released an issue brief detailing the far-reaching conflicts of interest at the NRC and its parent organization, the National Academy of Sciences.
Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 2:51PM
Study: Biodiversity Essential to Protect Ocean Fishes From Climate Change
WASHINGTON, May 16, 2016 — Biodiversity is essential to maintaining the health of our oceans in the face of climate change and ensuring an adequate supply of the fish that billions of people around the world rely on for protein, particularly in developing countries. That’s the conclusion of important new research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study suggests that maintaining biodiversity by reducing overfishing in reef ecosystems is crucial not...
Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 1:53PM
Vaquita Population Plummets to Just 60 Individuals
ENSENADA, Mexico, May 13, 2016 — Scientists announced today that fewer than 60 vaquita porpoises likely remain on Earth, down from 245 in 2008. The vaquita is the world’s smallest and most endangered porpoise, found only in Mexico’s northern Gulf of California. Without permanent and fully enforced protections, the species could be effectively extinct within six years.
Posted: Sat May 14, 2016 1:59PM
Groups Ask FDA to Protect Consumers from Misleading Labels on “Natural” Foods
COTATI, CA, May 10, 2016 – Americans are paying more attention to food labels, but that does not mean that current government regulations adequately ensure that those labels mean what consumers expect them to. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the opportunity to take significant strides towards protecting consumers from unscrupulous producers of meat and poultry products who sell their factory farmed meat with misleading “natural” labels.
Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 4:26PM
Hawai‘i Legislature Provides Landmark State-Funded Tax Credit Supporting Organic Farmers
(May 5th, 2016) Hawai‘i lawmakers hope to strengthen and expand the state’s organic farming sector after passing unprecedented legislation that would allocate $2 million in state-funded tax credit for certified organic food production (House Bill 1689 CD 1). The state-funded tax credit is the first of its kind in the United States, and is designed to complement existing federal programs that help organic farmers overcome the financial barriers of certification.
Posted: Sat May 7, 2016 3:26PM
EPA Uses Industry-funded Studies to Determine Glyphosate Does Not Cause Cancer
PORTLAND, Ore., May 2, 2016 — An EPA analysis relying heavily on unpublished, industry funded studies has determined that glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup, is “not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.” The EPA determination, released to the public on Friday, stands in sharp contrast to a finding last year by the World Health Organization’s cancer-research arm that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen.
Posted: Tue May 3, 2016 3:08PM
UFW wins election to represent 240 farm workers at Ventura County companies
Farm workers at two related Oxnard, Calif. companies with a total of 240 employees at peak season voted April 20, 2016 (today) to be represented by the United Farm Workers in an election conducted by the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Workers at Hiji Bros., Inc. and Seaview Growers Inc. cast ballots to decertify and replace the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5 with the UFW on a vote of 111 for the UFW, 61 for UFCW Local 5 and 6 for no-union. Hiji Bros. grows celery, lettu...
Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:35PM
SPLC survey: Presidential campaign leading to widespread fear, bullying in schools
(April 13, 2016) A survey of approximately 2,000 teachers by the Southern Poverty Law Center indicates that the presidential campaign is having a profoundly negative impact on schoolchildren across the country, according to a report released today.
Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 3:00AM