Inside agriculture’s sustainability inflection point

April 28, 2016 by  
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Dannon announced that it will work directly with farmers to transition away from genetically modified ingredients as sustainability pressures prod start-ups and big brands alike to change how food is grown.

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Scotland to ban genetically modified crops for good

August 11, 2015 by  
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The Scottish government is planning to ban the growing of genetically modified crops in Scotland , using a new EU rule that allows countries to opt-out of GM. The move will widen the political gap between Scotland and the Conservative government in England, who have already indicated that GM crops such as oilseed rape with be grown. “Scotland is known around the world for our beautiful natural environment — and banning growing genetically modified crops will protect and further enhance our clean, green status,” said Richard Lochhead, Scotland’s environment secretary. Read the rest of Scotland to ban genetically modified crops for good

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Monsanto may be to blame for soaring suicide rates among farmers in India

August 2, 2015 by  
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In India , the suicide rate among farmers is an alarming 47 percent higher than workers in other sectors, and the figures continue to rise year after year. Environmental activists are blaming the deaths on Monsanto , the multinational corporation that has the market cornered on the insecticide-infused crop known as Bt Cotton. The genetically modified cotton contains Bacillus thuringiensis bacterium, from which it gets its name, and Monsanto ‘s fierce restrictions concerning the saving and selling of seeds has put an enormous stress on farmers. Read on to learn more about the controversy between Monsanto and environmental activists in India. READ MORE >

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US approves farming of genetically modified apples to reduce food waste

February 16, 2015 by  
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The next wave of GMO food could soon be hitting store shelves in America after the U.S. government approved the planting of genetically modified apple trees. The apples, which are modified to resist turning brown, were created not by one of the biotech giants like Monsanto, but by a small company based in British Columbia called Okanagan . The apple was approved after the government determined that it poses no risks to other plants, but concerns remain that the modified apples could hurt U.S. fruit exports to countries that ban GMOs or that the GMO label could taint the reputation of one of America’s favorite fruits. Read the rest of US approves farming of genetically modified apples to reduce food waste Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arctic apples , Arctic GMO apples , genetically modified apples , genetically modified fruit , gmo apples , GMO approvals , GMO foods , GMO fruit , GMO Labeling , GMO policy , GMOs , Okanagan , Okanagan apples , Okanagan GMO

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Israeli solar power plant to generate electricity around the clock

February 16, 2015 by  
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Israeli alternative energy company Brenmiller Energy has solved one of the biggest issues with solar technology — how to generate electricity when the sun sets. The Tel Aviv-based company announced on Monday that it will build a 10-megawatt solar facility in the Negev desert city of Dimona that will generate renewable electricity for around 20 hours per day through an energy storage technology the company has been developing for the past three years. Biomass will be used as a backup during the four hours when the solar power system is not generating electricity. Read the rest of Israeli solar power plant to generate electricity around the clock Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biomass , Brenmiller Energy , energy storage , Israel , solar , solar power plant Dimona

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Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes may be released in Florida

January 28, 2015 by  
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In an attempt to curb outbreaks of two devastating tropical diseases in the Florida Keys, the FDA is proposing the release of millions of genetically modified mosquitoes into the area. Scientists  have bred male mosquitoes with virus gene fragments, so when they mate with the females that bite and spread illness, their offspring will die. This can reduce the mosquito population dramatically, halting the spread of diseases like dengue fever. Local residents aren’t impressed, though: there is no guarantee that  only non-biting males will be released, or that no modified DNA will enter a human’s bloodstream if they’re bitten. Read the rest of Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes may be released in Florida Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aedes aegypti , Brazil , break-bone fever , Cayman Islands , chikungunya , dengue , dengue fever , disease control , fda , florida , florida keys , Floridians , genetically modified , genetically modified mosquitoes , GMO , GMO mosquitoes , insecticide , Key West , killing mosquitoes , mosquito , mosquito larvae , mosquitoes , Oxitec , petition , petitions , tropical diseases , tropical mosquitoes

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Obama proposes offshore oil and gas drilling in Atlantic Ocean

January 28, 2015 by  
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Just days after the White House announced historic plans to protect 12 million acres in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil exploration, President Obama has proposed that a region of the Atlantic be opened up to offshore drilling . While the Obama administration claims any new drilling would happen a ‘safe distance’ from the coastline, politicians and activists alike are speaking out against hazardous plans that seem to be moving domestic energy development in the wrong direction. Read the rest of Obama proposes offshore oil and gas drilling in Atlantic Ocean Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arctic , Atlantic , Climate Change , cory booker , environmental destruction , fossil fuels , global warming , obama , offshore drilling , oil , oil prices , us energy policy , white house

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Biotech Beating Out GMO When it Comes to Food Production, Says Greenpeace

October 28, 2014 by  
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In the race to feed the growing population of planet Earth, biotechnology is quietly overtaking genetic modification, according to a new report by Greenpeace. The Guardian reports that the Greenpeace report set to be published this week highlights successes of biotechnology projects and claims they are outpacing GMOs when it comes to improving food production in what the environmental group calls a “silent revolution” in agriculture. Read the rest of Biotech Beating Out GMO When it Comes to Food Production, Says Greenpeace Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , biotechnology , crops , farming , food , genetically modified , GM , GMO , Greenpeace , soybeans

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INTERVIEW: Black Eyed Peas’ Will.i.am Tells Us Why Green Fashion is the Future

October 28, 2014 by  
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Green fashion already has a strong group of loyal followers, but how do we get the word out to a larger audience? We recently caught up with multi-platinum recording artist Will.i.am to see how he is using his influence and fashion expertise (did you know that he attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles before becoming a Black Eyed Pea?) to spread knowledge about the importance of sustainable fashion to the masses . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Coca Cola , eco friendly ties , eco-fashion , eco-friendly jackets , eco-friendly menswear , eco-friendly neckties , eco-friendly suits , ekocycle , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , H Brothers , Hallenstein Brothers , men’s eco fashion , men’s eco-clothing , recycled PET , recycled plastic bottles , recycled polyester , repreve , RPET , Scott Best , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable jackets , sustainable menswear , sustainable neckties , sustainable style , sustainable suits , sustainable ties , upcycled PET , upcycled plastic bottles , upcycled polyester , Will.i.am

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Oregon Counties Ban Genetically Modified Crops

May 23, 2014 by  
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Residents of southern Oregon’s agriculture-heavy Rogue Valley have voted to ban genetically modified crops from the area, setting up the next stage of a fight that has gained widespread attention. Companies that…

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