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Mother who fought Monsanto wins the International Goldman Environmental Prize

Sofia Gatica organizer of Mothers of Ituzaingó

May 11, 2015, www.non-gmoreport.com | “A mother whose infant died as a result of pesticide poisoning, Sofía Gatica is organizing local women to stop indiscriminate spraying of toxic agrochemicals in neighboring soy fields. Gatica was recently awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in recognition of her courageous and successful efforts.”

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A mother whose infant died as a result of pesticide poisoning, Sofía Gatica is organizing local women to stop indiscriminate spraying of toxic agrochemicals in neighboring soy fields. Gatica was recently awarded…
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Expansion by Indonesia’s largest palm oil company frozen for disobeying RSPO standards

May 7, 2015, www.forestpeoples.org | “The RSPO’s Complaints Panel has upheld the Forest Peoples Programme in its complaint against Golden Agri Resources, which was seeking to expand 18 of its operations in Kalimantan. After concluding that it has ‘reasonable grounds’ to conclude that the company is in violation of several RSPO norms, the latest ‘determination’ by the Panel notes: ‘The Panel hereby prohibits GAR from acquiring or developing any new areas until this complaint has been dealt with to the satisfaction of the Complaints Panel.'”

‘Expansion by Indonesia’s largest palm oil company frozen for disobeying RSPO standards’
This is a big story for Indonesia! The RSPO’s Complaints Panel has upheld the Forest Peoples Programme in its complaint against Golden Agri Resources, which was seeking to expand 18 of its operations in Kalimantan. After concluding that it has ‘reasonable grounds’ to conclude that the company is in violation of several RSPO norms, the latest ‘determination’ by the Panel notes:

“The Panel hereby prohibits GAR from acquiring or developing any new areas until this complaint has been dealt with to the satisfaction of the Complaints Panel.”

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
Beyond Pesticides offers the latest information on pesticides and alternatives, as well as ongoing projects including children’s health, organic food, mosquito control and organic lawn care.
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Doctors and Environmentalists Are Fighting for a Ban Against Monsanto

April 30, 2015, www.takepart.com | “Multinational ag giant Monsanto may seem like an unstoppable force—but don’t tell that to the growing coalition of environmentalists and public health advocates in Argentina. They are fighting toward one audacious goal: to kick the company out of their country.”

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A big medical group joins the chorus calling for the company to be kicked out of Argentina.
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Court Declares Vermont’s Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Law Constitutional

April 27, 2015, www.centerforfoodsafety.org | “Today, Center for Food Safety (CFS) hailed the just-issued federal court decision from the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont affirming the constitutionality of Vermont’s genetically engineered food labeling law, Act 120. The ruling fully denied the preliminary injunction motion brought by the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association, Snack Food Association, and other plaintiffs to try and halt the law’s implementation, and granted the State of Vermont’s motion to dismiss on several claims.”

Ruling Denies Big Food’s Preliminary Injunction Motion April 27, 2015 (Washington, DC)–Today, Center for Food Safety (CFS) hailed the just-issued federal court…centerforfoodsafety.org
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Organic Trumps Conventional Across the Board: Highlights from The Rodale Institute’s 30-Year Report

April 26, 2015, foodtank.com | “After a 30-year side-by-side comparison of organic and conventional agricultural systems, the Rodale Institute reports that organic systems match, or even outperform, conventional systems in terms of yield, profitability, and energy efficiency, while having positive effects on soil health, water quality, and rural communities.”

After a 30-year side-by-side comparison of organic and conventional agricultural systems, the Rodale Institute reports that organic systems match, or even outperform, conventional systems in terms of yield, profitability, and energy efficiency, while having positive effects on soil health, water quality, and rural communities.
The Rodale Institute’s Farming Systems Trial® has concluded that organic methods are superior across the board.
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Vermont Becomes First to Have Mandatory GMO Labeling

April 23, 2015, naturalsociety.com | “Vermont became the first state to become GMO-labeled (a step toward becoming GMO-Free) in 2014, but Monsanto, Dow, Bayer and other biotech interests decided that consumers had no rights at the state level to determine what they wanted to eat. Vermont was brave enough to uphold the voted-upon law anyhow, and even put money aside for the legal fight they knew would ensue when the new legislation passed.”

Maryska AzzenaGoodNews FortheEarth

 Yay!
After months of consumer and activist comments and fighting Big Biotech lawsuits, Vermont has just become the first state to have mandatory GMO labeling.
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President Obama’s Earth Day Focus: Climate Change

ObamaApril 22, 2015, ens-newswire.com | “Climate change is the greatest threat that faces humans today, and as a nation, the United States must ‘act before it is too late,’ declared President Barack Obama in his 2015 Earth Day Proclamation. ‘The United States is committed to our role as a global leader in the fight against climate change,’ he proclaimed.”

President Obama’s Earth Day Focus: Climate Change
WASHINGTON, DC, April 22, 2015 (ENS) – Climate change is the greatest threat that faces humans today, and as a nation, the United States must “act before it is too late,” declared President Barack Obama in his 2015 Earth Day Proclamation. Visiting the Everglades today, Obama said, “Climate change can no longer be denied.”

Earth Day Inspires Actions Across the USA

PocanApril 22, 2015, ens-newswire.com | “On its 45th anniversary, Earth Day 2015 has gone mainstream. Across the United States people from all walks of life engaged in enthusiastic actions to protect the planet and voiced dire warnings about the consequences if we fail.”

Robert BrothersGoodNews FortheEarth Earth Day Inspires Actions Across the USA WASHINGTON, DC, April 22, 2105 (ENS) – On its 45th anniversary, Earth Day 2015 has gone mainstream. Across the United States people from all walks of life engaged in enthusiastic actions to protect the planet and voiced dire warnings about the consequences if we fail.

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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