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Genetically-Modified Lettuce May Be Headed To A Salad Bar Near You

Genetically modified lettuce has existed for years, but in limited form and not as part of the public produce line. If Syngenta has its way, however, this will change. The Packer is reporting that the biotech firm, in addition to its purchase of two North American seed companies two years ago, has recently entered into several confidentialy agreements with growers-shippers interested in customizing lettuce ...

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Pesticide Expert Weighs In On Impact of GMO’s

The biotech industry has long claimed that genetically-engineered foods would reduce the need for pesticides and increase food production necessary to feed an ever-growing population. Scientist Charles Benbrook, a pesticide policy expert and weed resistance specialist, argues against these claims. In an interview with Earthjustice, Benbrook refers to reports presented by The Organic Center, showing that her ...

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Northwest Community Says No To Chemicals, Yes To Sustainable Landscapes

In a quiet, eastside suburb of Seattle, a revolution is taking place. Residents of Sammamish are turning their yards into havens of native plantings, limited patches of lawn, and organic gardens. In the Pacific Northwest, where rainfall averages several feet a year, storm water runoff is a major concern. Pesticides and other chemicals in the run-off threaten marine life in streams and lakes. For Gail Twelve ...

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Chesapeake Bay Action Plan Sets Clear Goals For Cleaning Up Polluted Waters

The Clean Water Act, ennacted in 1972, established goals to eliminate high levels of toxic substances in the water by 1985, and to make surface water safe for human recreation by 1983. Three decades later, the Act seems little more than a good intention. While some bodies of water have seen improvements- like the Charles River in Boston or the Hudson in NY, a large number of major rivers, tribuataries, and ...

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Monsanto Recants Complaint Accusing Farmers of Violating Patent

Within the same week that Monsanto announced it was being investigated by the Securities Exchange Commision, and on the heels of its personnel records being hacked, the biotech giant has recanted a recent complaint against two Pennsylvania farmers. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Harold V. Wiser and Steve Wiser were accused by Monsanto of patent violations because they saved genetically-modified s ...

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Monsanto’s Shady Dealings Under Investigation by the Securities Exchange Commision

This week, biotech giant and GM-seed producer Monsanto announced it was being investigated by the Securities Exchange Commission. Although not many details of the investigation are available at this time, Rodale is reporting that the investigation is related "to financial incentives Monsanto offered to distributors who carry its glyphosate products and the financial reporting of those incentives." Monsanto ...

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Pesticide Company to Pay $54,000 for Using Outdated Labeling

The Environmental Protection Agency is reporting that on at least 52 different occasions, the pesticide manufacturer, Or-Cal, sold and distributed its slug and snail bait products with outdated labeling in 2008-2009. Earlier this week, the EPA reached a $54,080 settlement with the Oregon-based company for numerous violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. Or-Cal's products, with ...

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Waste Not, Water Not

[caption id="attachment_3963" align="alignleft" width="526" caption="These folks had one sprinkler head aimed at their grass, but another one to apparently refresh the sidewalk and roadway."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3965" align="alignleft" width="288" caption="Water from mis-aimed sprinklers more than 100 yards away creates a constant stream into the storm drain in front of my home nearly every mo ...

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California Attempts Return to Historical Method of Pest Control

In the days before pesticides saturated our farm lands, natural methods of pest control had to be used. Predators were often introduced as a way to keep pests under control. The Huffington Post is reporting that California is undertaking this historical method by introducing 15 million wasp eggs to various neighborhoods to purge the light brown apple moth- an invasive species from Australia that feeds on ne ...

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Guest Blog: If It Rains, Should You Pour (Lawn Chemicals)?

By Alan Cohen On the afternoon of June 8, 2011, I witnessed a worker finish a liquid application on a lawn on Fessenden Street (very close to a tributary of Rock Creek) in Gaithersburg, Md. I asked him if that made sense because of the approaching storms. He said the liquid would be dry before the rain, and it would not wash into the Creek, and the Bay. I had a different opinion, and asked him for his super ...

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