Boulder, CO Passes “Bee Safe” Resolution Restricting Use of Bee-Toxic Neonicotinoids

May 6, 2015, www.beyondpesticides.org | “The City of Boulder, Colorado yesterday became the most recent locality in the U.S. to restrict the use of bee-toxic neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides on city property. The resolution moved forward primarily as a result of efforts by grassroots activists with the local organization Bee Safe Boulder, but also received strong support from city officials.”

Boulder City, CO Passes “Bee Safe” Resolution Restricting Use of Bee-Toxic Neonicotinoids
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2,000 free trees up for grabs in Spokane

Ric Weidner prepares one of the cherry trees before planting it in the ground. The wind was howling and temperatures were hovering in the mid 40's but a couple hundred people turned out for the event. To celebrate the Japan United Sates Cherry Blossom Cen

March 20, 2015, www.krem.com | “SPOKANE, Wash. — The City of Spokane and its partners are giving away 2,000 trees in an effort to reduce stormwater runoff.”

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Local residents can come grab two trees each for two tree give away events. The first event was held April 17 and 18; the second event will be held at the end of October. The local residents who do come and claim trees have been asked to plant their trees in a way to help mitigate water from the storms.

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Ex-NASA Engineer to Plant One Billion Trees a Year Using Drones

April 25, 2015, www.goodnewsnetwork.org | “A start-up plans to help solve the world’s climate problems by using drones to plant forests of seedlings.  “We are going to counter industrial scale deforestation using industrial scale reforestation,” says Lauren Fletcher, the founder of BioCarbon Engineering.  The environmental engineer who worked 20 years with NASA wants to use drone technology to plant up to one billion trees a year, without having to plant each one by hand.”

A start-up plans to help solve the world’s climate problems by using drones to plant forests of seedlings – a billion trees each year.
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Farmers Are Figuring Out They Can Make Bank Growing Non-GMO Crops

GMO SoybeansApril 20, 2015, www.takepart.com | “There’s one on the edge of nearly every corn-belt town in the Midwest. Towering high above the flat landscape, the grain elevator is often the tallest structure around, save, perhaps, for a water tower. It’s here, really, that the industrial food chain starts—where the harvests of countless family farms comingle, the dent corn or soy shifting from plant to commodity. A farmer sells his or her crop to the elevator, and then the elevator sells the harvest of numerous farmers to food companies, ethanol distilleries, or whoever else is in the market for vast amounts of commodity grain.”

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Corn and soy growers are giving up their genetically engineered seed to meet new consumer demand.
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France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels

April 8, 2015, csglobe.com | “A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels.  Green roofs, as they are called, have an isolating effect which helps to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building during the winter or cool it in the summer. They are capable of retaining rainwater and reducing problems with runoff, and also offer birds a place to call home in the urban jungle.”

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A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in…
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A new home for honeybees, just off the tarmac

March 08, 2015, www.pri.org | “The practice of maintaining beehives on airport property began in Germany a decade and a half ago and has spread, reaching Chicago, St. Louis and Seattle in the United States. The hives are typically kept in the buffer zone on the outskirts of the airport.”

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Airports don’t have a particularly eco-friendly reputation. But they typically have large swaths of land that can’t be developed. And at several airports in the US and…
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CTNBio Meeting to Approve GE Trees Cancelled – FuturaGene Taken Over

'BREAKING NEWS: BRAZILIANS RISE UP AGAINST GENETICALLY ENGINEERED TREES. 300 peasants, organized by La Via Campesina, took over the building where the Brazil National Biosafety Technical Commission (CTNBio) was meeting to decide on the approval of GE eucalyptus trees. The meeting was cancelled. On the same morning in Itapetininga, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1,000 women of the Brazil Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) took over operations of Futuragene, the developer of GE trees, and destroyed GE eucalyptus seedlings. When the Brazilians say they don’t want GE trees, they mean it.

READ the whole story, in English: http://stopgetrees.org/victory-ctnbio-occupied-meeting-cancelled-no-approval-ge-trees/

READ, in Portuguese (with video): http://www.mst.org.br/2015/03/05/apos-ocupacao-na-suzano-outros-300-camponeses-ocupam-predio-da-ctnbio-em-bsb.html

WATCH the video: http://youtu.be/M7K-xJyvek8

#StopGETrees #Brazil #GETrees #GMTrees #GMOTrees #EucalyptusTrees #CTNBio #Futuragene #gmofreebrazil #gmofreecanada #gmofreeusa'

March 5, 2015, stopgetrees.org | “On the morning of 5 March 2015, 1,000 women from the MST took over operations of genetically engineered tree company Futuragene in Brazil.

“BREAKING NEWS: BRAZILIANS RISE UP AGAINST GENETICALLY ENGINEERED TREES. 300 peasants, organized by La Via Campesina, took over the building where the Brazil National Biosafety Technical Commission (CTNBio) was meeting to decide on the approval of GE eucalyptus trees. The meeting was cancelled. On the same morning in Itapetininga, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1,000 women of the Brazil Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) took over operations of Futuragene, the developer of GE trees, and destroyed GE eucalyptus seedlings. When the Brazilians say they don’t want GE trees, they mean it.”

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More Farmers Predicted to Go Non-GMO and Organic in 2015

 

'MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH: Farmers are showing STRONG interest in growing NON-GMO corn & soy for their 2015 crops, as reported in IOWA, the heartland of GMO farming. Non-GMO crops are more profitable. “You have people questioning the value of the Roundup gene,” says Iowa State University weed specialist Bob Hartzler. And guess what, Monsanto? There are Non-GMO varieties that yield as well as GMOs! Change is in the air.

READ: http://organicconnectmag.com/more-farmers-predicted-to-go-non-gmo-and-organic-in-2015/

#GMO #NONGMO #Iowa #Roundup #Glyphosate #BoycottGMOs #BANGMOs #gmofreecanada #gmofreeusa'

February 22, 2015, organicconnectmag.com | “A growing number of farmers are considering planting non-GMO corn and soybeans as well as organic grains. A combination of factors including low prices for corn and soybeans, higher GMO seed costs, premium prices for non-GMO and organic grains, and failing GMO traits may push more farmers to go non-GMO or even organic.”

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 “Some companies have seen a 50% increase in the sales of non-GMO seed.”
MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH: Farmers are showing STRONG interest in growing NON-GMO corn & soy for their 2015 crops, as reported in IOWA, the heartland of GMO farming. Non-GMO crops are more profitable. “You have people questioning the value of the Roundup gene,” says Iowa State University weed specialist Bob Hartzler. And guess what, Monsanto? There are Non-GMO varieties that yield as well as GMOs! Change is in the air.
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Organic vegetable garden at Amrita University

February 16, 2015, www.amritapuri.org | “Encouraged by Amma’s message that everyone should be able to eat vegetables grown organically at least once in a week, the college students at Amrita University’s Amritapuri campus have started an organic vegetable garden using natural methods of cultivation. The garden is flourishing with the growth of colorful, delicious produce, including spinach, okra, tomatoes, tapioca, green chilies, cauliflower, pumpkins, and bananas. The students take turns coming every day to water and tend to the plants, with Wednesdays set aside for all the students to work together.”

Robert BrothersGoodNews FortheEarth “Encouraged by Amma’s emphasis on the importance of growing and eating organic produce, students at the Amritapuri campus of Amrita University have started an organic vegetable garden. Recently, a few students asked Amma how to address a consistent problem they faced – the birds in the nearby area had taken to eating the tomatoes even before they were plucked. Amma replied, “It’s alright; let the birds also benefit from the garden. In fact, we should be giving them the tomatoes first. Aren’t they also a part of the nature we are trying to reconnect with?”

The students take turns every day to water and tend to the plants and Wednesdays are set aside for all the students to come and work together. With their continued determination and enthusiasm, the students plan to expand the garden to accommodate a larger variety of fresh produce and to accomplish their long-term goal of making the Amritapuri campus 100% organic.”

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Trees Planted by Ruch Elem. Students

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February 12, 2015, www.kdrv.com | “Eighth graders in Ruch are taking learning outside the classroom. The students from Ruch Elementary planted trees near Lone Pine Creek in Medford.  The group partnered with the Lomakatsi Restoration Project to learn about the area. Organizers say the nearly 80 trees planted will help shade the fish bearing stream. The project was created to help students engage in hands-on outdoor activities.”

8th Graders Plant 80 Trees & Shrubs along Lone Pine Creek, Medford, OR
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“Lomakatsi had a great time out at Lone Pine Creek in Medford this week leading students from Ruch Community School in hands-on riparian restoration. A total of 80 native trees and shrubs were planted along the creek, including ponderosa pine, Oregon ash, Oregon grape, incense cedar and big leaf maple, to provide habitat for fish and wildlife and improve water quality. The students also helped remove invasive parrot feather from the creek with guidance by a representative from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife…”
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