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FDA’s Approval of GE Salmon Based on Bad Science, Say Consumer Advocates

Agency’s move sets a low bar for future approvals of genetically engineered animals for human consumption

More than 20 years after the first genetically engineered plant hit American grocery stores, the FDA has approved the first transgenic animal for human consumption: a salmon. The AquaBounty Salmon, as it is known, is an Atlantic salmon genetically engineered to grow…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – November 25, 2015

Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

President says transporting crude oil from Canada won't help the economy, lower gas prices, or increase the United States' energy security

In a huge win for environmentalists, President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline proposal today. Had transport company TransCanada's proposal been approved, the pipeline would have transected six states, carrying crude oil 1,700 miles from Canada’s Alberta tar stands to refineries on…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – November 6, 2015

Building Islands and Burying Reefs in the South China Sea

China’s land reclamation activities in the Spratly Islands are causing permanent damage to marine habitat

Island-building isn’t new. San Francisco built Treasure Island in the 1930s for the Golden Gate International Exposition. Miami’s exclusive Star Island was constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers back in the 1920s. And of course there are more recent examples, such…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – July 21, 2015

Americans Are Paying Attention to Food Waste, But Still Throw Away More Food Than They Think

New survey finds nearly three-fourths of Americans believe they toss less food than the average consumer

We all throw away food. In fact, in the United States, an estimated 40 percent of all food is trashed as it makes it way from farm to table, or more aptly, as it doesn’t. But how aware are we of our…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – June 24, 2015

China to Shut Down Domestic Ivory Trade

Announcement offers hope amid African poaching crisis and dwindling elephant numbers

Last week was a big one for African elephants. China, the world’s largest market for illegal ivory, announced that it would phase-out its legal, domestic ivory market. With elephants under dire threat from poaching, the news could not be more welcome to…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – June 2, 2015

Robert Bullard

In 1978, Dr. Robert Bullard was pulled into what would become, thanks to his efforts, the field of environmental justice. Conducting research for a lawsuit filed by his wife, he discovered that most of the solid waste in Houston was being disposed of in predominantly black neighborhoods. Black communities made up just 25 percent of the population, so he realized “that it was race” driving this inequity. The study didn’t end there,…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – Summer 2015

North Carolina Could Become Fifth State With an Ag-Gag Law

Bill sitting on Governor McCrory’s desk would make it illegal to document or film animal abuse on factory farms

Whistleblowers beware. Last week, the North Carolina senate passed HB 405, a controversial “ag-gag” bill that would make it illegal to document unethical or illegal practices on industrial farms in the state. Passed by the House in April, the bill has been…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – May 26, 2015

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