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Even Bullets Haven’t Stopped Ramesh Agrawal From Fighting Big Coal

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…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – April 29, 2014

Showtime Series Uses Star Power to Drive Home the Truth About Our Warming World

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? Harrison Ford stirred up quite a flutter during his reporting trip to Indonesia when he bore down upon the country's…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – April 11, 2014

Kentucky Lawmakers Using Animal Welfare Bill to Sneak in Ag Gag Provision

Senate ag committee introduces amendment that would penalize whistleblowers and undercover investigators at factory farms

Industrial Ag interests are at it again, trying to block public scrutiny of their operations in Kentucky this time. I just learned that the Kentucky state senate is using a popular animal welfare bill as a cover to quietly slip through an…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – March 26, 2014

Trouble in Paradise

Hawaiians Push Back Against Big Ag

There is a whiff of bubblegum scent in the air as I drive toward Waimea Town and past the sprawling, fields of red earth operated by the agri-biotech companies flanking Kauai’s Highway 50. Just before reaching the bridge over Waimea River, which separates the fields from the town, I hang a left and pull into a gravel parking lot. There are only two other vehicles there. Wendell Kabutan and Klayton Kubo are…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – Spring 2014

California State Senator Introduces New GMO Labeling Bill

SB 1381 is a cleaner version of Prop 37, say bill proponents

California’s gearing up for round two of the GMO labeling debate. This time though the battle will be duked out in the state legislature rather than in the public arena. Photo courtesy Senator Evans' OfficeLast Friday, state Senator Noreen Evans, a Democrat…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – February 25, 2014

New Hawai’i Bills Seek to Undermine Kauai and Big Island’s GMO Regulatory Laws

Identical House and Senate bills aim to strengthen Hawaii’s Right to Farm Act and protect “modern farming practices”

Update 2, 3:20 p.m: Follow the Money: GMO seed company lobbyist threw fundraising events in December for three state senators who introduced SB 3058 yesterday. (Please scroll to the bottom of the copy to read more.) UPDATE, 10.00 a.m Big Biotech and…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – January 24, 2014

Big Biotech Does As Expected – Sues Kauai Over GMO Law

Suit claims economic harm and discrimination. Law supporters prepare for protracted battle

As was expected, Big Biotech’s legal juggernaut has rolled into action in Hawai’i. On Friday afternoon, three big agrochemical companies — Pioneer-DuPont, Syngenta, and Agrigenetics Inc (a subsidiary of Dow Chemical) — filed a suit in a federal court in Honolulu seeking…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – January 13, 2014

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