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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

Sea Shepherd Catches Japanese Whaling Fleet With Dead Minkes Inside Ocean Sanctuary

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…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – January 6, 2014

Hawai‘i Citizens Brave Stormy Weather to March Against Big Biotech

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…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – December 16, 2013

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

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