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Sea Shepherd Catches Japanese Whaling Fleet With Dead Minkes Inside Ocean Sanctuary – January 6, 2014

Conservation group urges Australia to take action, monitor Japan's "scientific research"

The anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd says it located a Japanese whaling fleet inside the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary on Sunday and has recorded evidence that the fleet has already slaughtered at least four whales. The group is now urging Australia to take action against the incident.

Bloody deck of whaling shipPhotos by Tim Watters/Sea Shepherd AustraliaThe bloodied deck of the Nisshin Maru.Though commercial whaling is banned by the International Whaling Commission, Japan continues to hunt whales claiming it's for "scientific research."

Commercial hunting of whales is prohibited in the sanctuary, but Japan claims that it is capturing the animals for “scientific research.” However, the… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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Hawai‘i Citizens Brave Stormy Weather to March Against Big Biotech – December 16, 2013

Rally and non-GMO potluck celebrate recent successes, look ahead to further battles

Slashing rain, rolling thunder, lightning flashes — the island of O‘ahu woke Sunday morning to a severe storm advisory and warnings of flash floods. But the crummy weather that kept most people away from the beaches didn’t deter a spirited crowd of local citizens and activists from gathering in the town of Hale‘iwa on the island’s North Shore to celebrate the anti-GMO movement’s recent successes and keep up the pressure against the agri-biotech industry in Hawai‘i.

 

protest walk down the highwayPhotos by Maureen Nandini Mitra

Sporting a motley mix of rain gear, some 700 people trickled into a 7-Eleven parking lot on the south end… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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In Unexpected Move, Big Island Mayor Approves Bill Restricting GMO Crops – December 6, 2013

Bill 113 blocks biotech companies from setting up shop on Hawai‘i’s largest island

In a move that took many anti-GMO activists by surprise yesterday, Hawai‘i County Mayor Billy Kenoi signed a bill banning biotech companies and farmers from growing any new genetically altered crop on Big Island.

Hawaii mayor Billy Kenoi Photo courtesy Hawai'i CountyIn a letter explaining his decision, Mayor Billy Kenoi acknowledged that the bill had
been “divisive and hurtful” at times and said it was “time to end the angry rhetoric
and reach out to our neighbors.”

Bill 113 effectively halts the expansion of GMO crops on Hawai‘i’s largest island (after which the state is named) by prohibiting open-air cultivation of… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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Anti GE Tree Activists Kicked Off Florida University Campus, Spied on by FBI – December 2, 2013

Colleges and universities offer little room for informed discourse on plant biotech

A few months ago, while reporting an article about genetically engineered trees for Earth Island Journal’s Autumn issue (read the story here), I had a mighty hard time locating plant biologists or genetic engineers at academic institutions who were willing to talk about the possible risks of growing GE trees in massive plantations. It seemed there was little debate over this controversial issue within the biotech community on college campuses — the very places where most of the research into GE trees is carried out.

students studying on campus greenPhoto by Steve McFarlandCritics say there's little debate over this controversial issue within the… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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Kauai Council Finally Overrides Mayor’s Veto of GMO Regulatory Bill – November 18, 2013

Agri-biotech companies will now have to disclose pesticide use details and GMO field locations on island

After a tense, two-day delay, the Kauai County Council finally voted 5-2 on Saturday to override Mayor Bernard Carvalho’s veto of a bill that seeks to regulate the biotech industry on the Hawai‘ian island. A tumultuous month after the council initially approved it, Bill 2491 is finally law.

Supporter outside county buildingPhoto by Pesticides on KauaiFile photo of bill supporters outside the Kauai County Building. Saving the bill requried some creative last-minute maneuvering by councilmembers.

The new law, which will go into effect in August 2014, requires agricultural companies and large farms to disclose the type and volume of restricted-use pesticides they are… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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