Monthly Archives:February 2011

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Monsanto’s risky Roundup – Reuters runs with the report

We reported last week that a top scientist had expressed serious doubts about the safety of Monsanto’s gene-modified (GMO) plants and its Roundup weedkiller: Dr. Don M. Huber, who coordinates the Emergent Diseases and Pathogens committee of the American Phytopathological Society, as part of the USDA National Plant Disease Recovery System, warned Agriculture Secretary Tom […]

February 25th

Action alert: Tell Secretary Salazar not to trash Joshua Tree

(From Working Assets’ Credo Action) Developers are trying to put the nation’s largest garbage dump right next to Joshua Tree National Park. The proposed Eagle Mountain landfill would cover 3,500 acres of federal land, bordered on three sides by Joshua Tree’s unique beauty, and fragile ecosystem. The proposal by developers Kaiser Ventures has been struck […]

February 24th

California: New bill introduced to protect the Delta from the Peripheral Canal

Two Delta legislators, Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) and Assemblyman Bill Berryhill (R-Ceres), have introduced legislation to ensure that the imperiled Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is protected from potential conveyance projects to export water to San Joaquin Valley agribusiness and southern California. Wolk’s legislation, coauthored by Berryhill, establishes specific criteria and assurances that will enable the […]

February 23rd

Scientist urges USDA to rescind approval of Monsanto’s GMO alfalfa

By Rady Ananda Food Freedom A plant pathologist experienced in protecting against biological warfare recently warned the USDA of a new, self-replicating, micro-fungal virus-sized organism which may be causing spontaneous abortions in livestock, sudden death syndrome in Monsanto’s Roundup Ready soy, and wilt in Monsanto’s RR corn. Dr. Don M. Huber, who coordinates the Emergent […]

February 21st

High speed rail not dead yet in Florida

The pandering and posturing continue on high-speed rail. In Florida, Tea Party-backed governor Rick Scott ended weeks of dithering Wednesday and outright rejected the $2.4 billion in Federal funding for the Orlando to Tampa line, calling it a “boondoggle” the state couldn’t afford in these tough times. He follows in the footsteps of GOP anti-rail […]

February 21st

BLM agrees to protect old growth forest in Oregon

As everything melts down in Washington, there’s a little good news from the West Coast. The Bureau of Land Management, which supervises our nation’s forests, has settled a lawsuit by agreeing to more protections for old growth forest. Here’s the scoop from the Western Environmental Law Center: Conservation organizations Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, Oregon Wild, and […]

February 18th

Japan suspends antarctic whaling

Good news from the high seas: After repeated run-ins with the anti-whaling Sea Shepherd Society that have prevented its whaling fleet from a successful hunt, Japan’s government announced it is suspending whaling, possibly for the rest of the season. Whaling was banned under an international agreement in 1986, but Japan has exploited a loophole in […]

February 16th

California’s Delta Plan: Doomed to failure

For those fighting against the construction of the peripheral canal and the export of more water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the release of the Delta Plan by the The Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) on Monday was anything but a “Valentine.” The document is the first of four drafts that will be developed and released over […]

February 16th

Is Obama’s green-friendly budget DOA?

President Obama sent his 2012 budget over to Congress today, and it’s got lots of goodies for green energy and the environment. The only question is, how much, if any, of that will survive the meat grinder of the GOP/Tea Party dominated House of Representatives, where it’s already going over like the proverbial lead Zeppelin… […]

February 14th

Monsanto blocks research on GMO safety

Monsanto has been systematically blocking researchers from using its patented gene modified (GMO) seeds to learn if there are problems with them, according to an explosive op-ed in yesterday’s LA Times by Doug Gurian-Sherman of the Union of Concerned Scientists. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise, but it’s encouraging that it’s hitting the mainstream media. Soybeans, […]

February 14th

Chevron sues Amazon natives it poisoned with toxins

Real classy, Chevron. Not content with ruining the lives of thousands of indigenous people across the Amazon by poisoning the land they live on and the water they drink, Chevron is suing them. Hunh? You heard right. Chevron is suing Amazon tribesmen whose only crime was imagining they might get Chevron to take responsibility and clean up […]

February 14th