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Colorado Supreme Court Overturns ‘Big Food’ Challenge, Keeps GMO Labeling Bill Alive – March 19, 2014

Initiative can now appear on the state's November 2014 ballot

The Colorado Supreme Court overturned a major challenge by mainstream biotech, pesticide and grocery interests last week, allowing for the possibility of a genetically modified organisms (GMO) labeling bill to appear on the state's November 2014 ballot.

photo of marchers, one carrying a sign that reads, why not label it - let us decide!photo by desrowVISUALS.com on FlickrIn order for the ballot initiative to come before voters, it needs 86,105
petition signatures to be submitted to the state by early August.

In order for Ballot Initiative #48 – a bill that would mandate the labeling of GMO foods on product packaging… more

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Fukushima Survivors’ Mental Health Continues Deteriorating – March 12, 2014

Three years on, cases of post traumatic stress disorder are on the rise

So much of the impact of a disaster like the earthquake and tsunami three years ago in Fukushima, Japan is tangible—radioactive leaksfood scarespetitions and lawsuits have all taken place since March 11, 2011.

officials measuring radiation levels in FukushimaPhoto courtesy IAEA ImagebankExperts measure radiation as part of an IAEA workshop exercise in the evacuated zone around TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

The emotional distress faced by many in the areas near the six-reactor Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is far less palpable, though. Predictions on the nuclear future of Japan and other large nations like the U.S. are much easier to find than… more

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Americans in Biggest Cities Driving Less – December 5, 2013

"The driving boom is over"

Even if you saw agitating, bumper-to-bumper traffic during your morning commute, know that the numbers say things are changing.

The average American drives 7.6 percent fewer miles today than when per-capita driving peaked in 2004, according to a report issued today by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund (PIRG). The study is a review of data from the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration and Census Bureau on the nation's 100 most populated, urbanized areas, which are home to more than half of the U.S. population.

From 2006 to 2011, the average number of miles driven per resident fell in almost three-quarters of the country's largest city's, according… more

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Can Genetically Modified Foods Trigger Gluten Sensitivity? – November 26, 2013

New study links GMOs to conditions that either may trigger or exacerbate gluten-related disorders

A new report links genetically modified organisms (GMOs) with gluten-related disorders and suggests GMOs might be an important environmental trigger for gluten sensitivity, estimated to affect as many as 18 million Americans.

GMO corn fieldPhoto by Lindsay EyinkA GMO corn research field. The report has found that some GMO foods can cause an imbalance in gut flora.

The report, released by the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), cites U.S. Department of Agriculture data, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency records, medical journal reviews and international research. The authors say the data link GMOs to five conditions that either may trigger or exacerbate gluten-related disorders, including… more

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Koch Brothers Could Make $100B Profit if Keystone XL Pipeline is Built – October 21, 2013

New report reveals billionare brothers own up to 2 million acres in Alberta's tar sands region

The progressive think tank International Forum on Globalization (IFG) released a report today investigating how Koch Industries and its subsidiaries stand to make as much as $100 billion in profits if the Keystone XL pipeline is built. The report, Billionaires’ Carbon Bomb: The Koch Keystone XL Pipeline, finds that the Kochs hold up to 2 million acres in Alberta and have spent upwards of $50 million on Congress and think tanks that heavily push for the pipeline.

map of Koch holdingsImage courtesy International Forum on GlobalizationA Google map showing the Koch assets in the tar sands region as well as interests along… more

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