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In Unexpected Move, Big Island Mayor Approves Bill Restricting GMO Crops

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. Photo courtesy Hawai'i CountyIn a letter explaining his…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – December 6, 2013

Anti GE Tree Activists Kicked Off Florida University Campus, Spied on by FBI

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…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – December 2, 2013

Kauai Council Finally Overrides Mayor’s Veto of GMO Regulatory Bill

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…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – November 18, 2013

Kauai Council Votes Today to Save GMO Regulation Bill

Hawai’ian island has become latest battleground in fight over genetic modification

Lawmakers in Kauai today will decide the fate of a hotly debated bill that would require agri-biotech companies to disclose details about the pesticides they are using as well as the genetically modified crops they are growing on the Hawai‘ian island. Photo…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – November 14, 2013

Dramatic Footage of Russian forces storming Arctic Sunrise

Greenpeace video shows 'Arctic 30' being arrested after activists’ attempt to board Gazprom oil rig

The scene could have been from a fast-paced action flick — a helicopter hovers over a ship out at sea, a rope is flung down to the deck, masked gunmen drop down...  Except, the gun-battle or violent action sequence that should have…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – November 8, 2013

Environmentalists Beat Back Arizona Land Swap Bill Once More

Legislation seeks to privatize prime public land for foreign mining company – Resolution Copper

A land exchange bill that proposes to swap thousands of acres of federal and private land to make way for a massive copper mine in Southeast Arizona was unexpectedly pulled off the House floor last month, much to the surprise, and relief,…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – October 14, 2013

California Poised to be First State to Ban Lead Ammunition

Bill to phase out toxic bullets and shots that poison condors and other wild animals passes state senate

California may soon become the first state in the US to ban the use of lead ammunition in hunting. The state Senate passed legislation on Monday that would require all licensed hunters in California to use non-lead ammunition starting July 2019. Lead…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – September 11, 2013

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