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Farm Bill Complicates Plight of Honeybees
WASHINGTON - The hand of nature, usually unseen and unappreciated, is coming down hard on California agriculture. The honeybees that pollinate its $21 billion bounty of almonds, avocados, berries, melons and other produce that make it the nation's farming giant are disappearing from an unexplained...
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Green Product Seals Are Gray Area
Arm & Hammer is selling fabric softener sheets that it says are "more sensible for the environment." Gillette makes cans of shaving gel that carry a little icon of a globe and promise "no CFCs." Even giant Wal-Mart has an "Earth friendly" section of its Web site, offering organic cotton...
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US Organic Food Industry Fears GMO Contamination
Widespread contamination of U.S. corn, soybeans and other crops by genetically engineered varieties is threatening the purity of organic and natural food products and driving purveyors of such specialty products to new efforts to protect their markets, industry leaders said this week. A range of...
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Overwhelmingly White, the Green Movement is Reaching For The Rainbow
"What's a nice black guy like me doing in a movement like this?"Van Jones strides the stage at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, a charismatic lawyer who grew up in rural Tennessee, graduated from Yale Law, and founded the Ella Baker Center for jobs and justice in Oakland. Tall, 39, his...
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Obesity Becoming World Crisis
It's already being called the next deadly global pandemic. Projected to be a bigger threat to life than AIDS and malaria combined, obesity is quickly becoming the world's most severe health-care crisis. As waistlines grow alarmingly, so do concerns over the impact an unhealthy population could have...
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US Consumers Oblivious to GM Food Fears
Concerns over genetically modified foods have failed to make much impact in the United States, where consumers and the US media are less fired up about the issue than in Europe, activists say. Dr Michael Hansen, a biologist with the major New York-based Consumers Union , says the media doesn't talk...
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Georgia School as Laboratory for Getting Along
DECATUR, Ga. - Parents at an elementary school here gathered last Thursday afternoon with a holiday mission: to prepare boxes of food for needy families fleeing some of the world's horrific civil wars. The community effort to help refugees resembled countless others at this time of year, with an...
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Lawsuits Allege Milk Wasn't Organic
SEATTLE - Some of the nation's largest retailers and grocery chains sold milk labeled "organic" that was not truly organic, recently filed lawsuits allege. The federal complaints focus on the sale of milk from Boulder, Colo.-based Aurora Organic Dairy, which recently agreed to change its practices...
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Fair Trade Labels Ensure Returns For Farmers
KANDY, SRI LANKA - Organic farmers in this hilly, central region of Sri Lanka are convinced that they have a simple fair trade model that could be replicated in other parts of the world."What we have created is the most sustainable model of fair trade and organic food in the world,'' insists Sarath...
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Disappointed With Farm Bill Subsidies, Reformers To Step Up Fight
As the 2007 farm bill takes final shape in Congress, an unprecedented wave of Bay Area activism aimed at forcing substantial change finds itself washing up on the shores of political reality. "I think we had a chance to make it a really great farm bill, and it turned out to be the same old pork-...
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