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Strawberries Top Dirty Dozen List of Produce Containing Pesticides – April 13, 2016

Report finds 146 different pesticides on fruit and vegetable samples tested by federal agencies

Keep your hands off those strawberries folks! Unless they are organic that is. Apparently nearly all conventionally grown strawberry samples tested by federal officials had detectable pesticide residues, and some had traces of as many as 17 different pesticides lingering around.

photo of strawberriesPhoto by bionicgrrrl In California, where most US strawberries are grown, each acre of strawberry field is treated with a whopping 300 pounds of pesticides.

With summer and its bounty of luscious fruits and vegetables just around the corner, the Environmental Working Group has come out with its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of produce that are heavily contaminated… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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Short Film on the Hidden Life of Cougars Reveals their Social and Caring Side – March 11, 2016

The Secret Life of Mountain Lions debunks long-held perceptions of cougars as solitary, anti-social animals

A short film about the life of a Wyoming cougar named F61 and her three spotted kittens has been going viral on the Internet. Released on Vimeo on March 1, The Secret Life of Mountain Lions provides a rare and intimate glimpse into the family lives of America’s second-largest cats. 

Based on footage gathered over the years by the conservation group Panthera's Teton Cougar Project, the film debunks long-held perceptions of cougars as solitary, anti-social animals. Instead it reveals a cat family that is playful, affectionate, and interdependent, and shows how certain behaviors are passed down from one generation to the next. For instance,… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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Berta Cáceres, Honduran Indigenous Rights Leader, Murdered at Home – March 3, 2016

Cáceres was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2015 for her courageous opposition to mining and other mega-development projects

We woke up to tragic news this morning. Honduran indigenous Lenca leader Berta Cáceres was shot dead in her home town early today, less than a year since she was awarded the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize in recognition of her courageous efforts to save her community and land from mining and other mega-development projects.

Her crime: The simple act of saying “No” to environmental destruction.

Berta CáceresPhoto courtesy of Goldman Environmental PrizeIn 2013, Berta Cáceres spearheaded a blockade in an area called Rio Blanco to prevent the construction of a massive hydroelectric dam on the Gualarque River.

Gunmen broke down the door of… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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Thai Officials Reject Controversial Tiger Temple’s Application for a Zoo Permit – March 2, 2016

Big cats held at the temple will be rescued at the rate of five individuals a month

Efforts to rescue the tigers held captive in Thailand’s infamous Tiger Temple may not be moving as fast as most wildlife activists would like, but there may be hope for the big cats yet. In the past month, five more of the 147 tigers held at the monastery in Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province have been relocated to wildlife refuges run by the country’s national parks department, bringing the total number of tigers rescued since January up to 10.

tourists play with tigers in a mud pitPhoto by Sharon GuynupThe temple's wildly successful operation is based around claims that the first tigers to arrive at the temple… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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Fight Senate Bill Seeking Voluntary GMO Labeling, Say Right to Know Advocates – February 23, 2016

Draft legislation an attempt to block Vermont’s mandatory labeling law that goes into effect on July 1

Big Ag’s effort to withhold information about the kind of food we put on our table continues. Now there’s a new bill in the Senate that seeks to preempt state or other local laws that would require mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods.

Photo of GMO Labeling ProtestPhoto by CT Senate DemocratsA new bill in the Senate would preempt state or other local laws requiring mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods, including a Vermont labeling law that goes into effect in July.

Introduced last week by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman, Sen. Pat Roberts, the draft legislation would amend the Agricultural Marketing… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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