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Feeding Hawai‘i – June 18, 2014

Could small, biodiverse farms help the Aloha State transition to growing enough food to feed itself?

For Chris Kobayashi and her husband, Dimi Rivera, it all started with Japanese cucumbers. “In 1997 we said, ‘OK, let’s grow Japanese cucumbers, but let’s grow it organically,’” Kobayashi tells me as we walk around her farm in Hanalei Bay on Kaua‘i’s North Shore. “You know, because they are crispy, crunchy, and yummy and you can eat the skin and everything,”

Chris Kobayashi and Dimi Rivera pulling up taroPhoto by Ian UmedaChris Kobayashi, her husband, Dimi Rivera (extreme left) and a friend harvest taro on their 10-acre farm on Kaua‘i. Kobayashi says transitioning to small-scale, agroeological farms will be a lot of hard work,… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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That ‘Natural’ Vanilla in Your Ice Cream May Soon Be Coming from a Biotech Lab – June 12, 2014

Synthetic biology firms’ foray into food and fragrances faces resistance from greens and consumer groups

The first time I ever tasted real vanilla was in a scoop of French vanilla ice cream back in 2000 when I was visiting the United States. The ice cream’s smooth, rich flavor was far superior to the artificial, overly-sweet, “vanilla essence” usually used in ice creams and baked desserts in my home country. I’ve been an ardent fan of real vanilla bean products (extract, paste, and the bean itself) ever since. So last month, when a colleague mentioned that a lab-created, synthetic vanilla product might be hitting the US markets as early as this summer and that it would most likely be passed off as “natural,” I simply had to… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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Vermont Gov. Signs US’ First No-Strings-Attached GE Food Labeling Bill into Law – May 8, 2014

Law goes into effect in 2016. State girding up for legal challenge

It’s a big day for food safety activists in the United States. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin just signed the country's first no-strings-attached GE food labeling bill into law.

Vermont Governor making an annoucement in front state capitolPhoto courtesy Center for Food Safety

What this means is that the law will go into effect regardless of actions on the matter by other states. Food producers and manufacturers in Vermont will have to label products containing genetically modified organisms by 2016.

Vermont isn’t the first state to pass a GE food-labeling bill. Two other states – Connecticut and Maine – have also passed similar legislations, but… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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Even Bullets Haven’t Stopped Ramesh Agrawal From Fighting Big Coal – April 29, 2014

Goldman Environmental Prize winner’s crusade against coal mining highlights the risks environmentalists face in India

Ramesh Agrawal knew right from the start that he was putting his life on the line. When you take a stand against India’s politically powerful coal industry, that’s almost a given.

“I knew from their past history what they are doing to their agitators. So I knew anytime, anything can happen to me,” says the soft-spoken environmental activist who has spent the past decade helping villagers demand their right to information about the rush of industrial development projects in the mineral-rich Indian state of Chhattisgarh.

Ramesh Agrawal by a coal minePhotos courtesy The Goldman Prize Ramesh Agrawal at the site of a coal mine in… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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Showtime Series Uses Star Power to Drive Home the Truth About Our Warming World – April 11, 2014

Can a 60 Minutes-meets-Ocean’s Eleven show on climate change lure viewers away from Don Draper?

A Sunday night primetime television show, a documentary series at that, on climate change — that’s kind of ambitious, wouldn’t you say?

actor Harrison Ford with an orangutanHarrison Ford stirred up quite a flutter during his reporting trip to Indonesia when he bore down upon the country's foreign minister, asking repeatedly nothing was being done to curb illegal logging.

But add in a star cast of Hollywood heroes — Harrison Ford, Jessica Alba, Don Cheadle, and Matt Damon. Mix in some hotshot journalists — The New York Times’ Tom Friedman, CBS’ Lesley Stahl, and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. Have them travel around the country and different parts… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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