Bayer’s proposed $66B Monsanto takeover renews call for monopoly investigation

September 15, 2016 by  
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With little warning, Germany chemical giant Bayer made a bid to take over U.S.-based Monsanto for $66 billion. Together, the fused companies would create the world’s largest seed and pesticide company, which many argue would equate to a monopoly. The U.S. Department of Justice has already investigated Monsanto’s monopoly over the nationwide market, and the merger will most certainly give the company more influence over agriculture than it has ever had before—a terrifying thought. Monsanto has been the subject of heated debates at all levels, from public meetings in community centers to the federal level. The company’s top-selling product, RoundUp, contains glyphosate as its active ingredient, which has been linked to cancer, respiratory ailments, and autism. Glyphosate is already banned or highly restricted in Europe and other parts of the world, but regulators in the U.S. have failed to act swiftly, in part due to the heavy influence of Monsanto. The pesticide maker has also lobbied widely and even filed lawsuits to block GMO labeling and bury the World Health Organization’s report on glyphosate as a carcinogen . For years, environmentalists and health advocates have been fighting against Monsanto, but the company’s deep pockets have made it an uphill battle. With the Bayer takeover threatening to increase those resources, public concern should be on the rise. Related: Mark Ruffalo confronts Monsanto chief: “You are poisoning people” “The attempted takeover of Monsanto by Bayer is a threat to all Americans,” said Bernie Sanders on Wednesday, decrying the Bayer bid. “These mergers boost the profits of huge corporations and leave Americans paying even higher prices. Not only should this merger be blocked, but the Department of Justice should reopen its investigation of Monsanto’s monopoly over the seed and chemical market.” Bayer’s proposed bid led Friends of the Earth Europe’s senior food and farming campaigner Adrian Bebb to issue sharp criticism . “Bayer’s buyout of Monsanto is a marriage made in hell, which threatens to further lock in industrialized agriculture at the expense of nature, farmers and the wider public,” said Bebb. “While public support for local and greener food continues to boom, this mega corporation will be doing its best to force damaging pesticides and GM seeds into our countryside.” Via The Guardian Images via Mike Mozart , Paul and Cathy/Flickr and Bayer  

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First-of-its-kind university building in Spain achieves LEED Platinum certification

September 15, 2016 by  
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The first building faces Madrid Street and is connected to an existing building via several walkways and a big foyer linking the new park with the rest of the campus. Concrete pillars are distributed along a grid reflected on the ventilated ceramic facade of the building, with large spans solved using post-tensioned slabs. Related: Green-Roofed University Building in Japan Serves Double Duty The facade was designed as a uniform surface clad with ceramic panels and windows scattered throughout to break up the monotony of the rhythm. The building combines two innovative concepts-a flexible approach to designing educational spaces and a growing commitment to environmental sustainability. + Estudio Beldarrain Via World Architecture News Photos by Francisco Berreteaga

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Waste Heat From Data Center to Warm a Conservatory

December 17, 2009 by  
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Just as data farms need to have that warmth removed, day in/day out, greenhouses, by contrast, need a supply of consistent warmth, summer and winter. Put the two together and you have a marriage made in heaven. For example; between the Ella Morris and Muessel-Ellison Botanical Conservatories and Potawatomi Greenhouse and Indiana’s University of Notre Dame.

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New Data on BPA Reveals More Negative Effects

December 17, 2009 by  
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Research from French National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA) showed that the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) may impact digestion and warned that consumers – especially pregnant women and children – should avoid food that’s come into contact with BPA-containing plastics. This is on top of earlier research which showed that BPA may cause problems with brain development , breast cancer , and a slough of other health concerns

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Garden Girl Natural Skin Care Products: Affordable Luxury

December 17, 2009 by  
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Garden Girl Skin Care Products are completely natural bath, body and beauty products that are completely free of phthalates, parabens, sulfates, petroleum products and mineral oil. Read more of this story »

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