Fuels errand

5 March 2021 — DesSmogUK

This year’s spring budget was like the worst kind of meal: A lot of fanfare before it, yet in the tasting rather bland, leaving much to be desired.

There were crumbs to be had. Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced plans for the “world’s first” green bond, designed to give UK savers the chance to buy bonds which help support green projects, and gave the Bank of England a new mandate to align with the government’s net zero target.

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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 5 March 2021

5 March 2021 — Sustainable Pulse

Glyphosate Releases DDT and Chlordecone from Soil into Water by Increasing Erosion – New Study

The toxic pesticide chlordecone was used on banana plantations in the French West Indies until 1993 but continued to pollute the waters surrounding the islands long afterwards. This pollution puzzled researchers, who expected the hydrophobic chemical to adhere to contaminated soil and not enter the watershed. A new study finds that use of the herbicide glyphosate, […]

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GMO Soy, Popular Resistance, and Corporate Power

4 March 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Book Review
Why does GMO soy dominate Argentine agriculture? ‘Seeds of Power’ exposes the forces that have overwhelmed voices of resistance.

December 2013: Demonstrators in Buenos Aires support anti-Monsanto resistance in Cordoba

Amalia Leguizamón
SEEDS OF POWER: Environmental Injustice and Genetically Modified Soybeans in Argentina
Duke University Press, 2020

reviewed by Brian Tokar

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The Ministry for the Future: A passionate call to save the earth

1 March 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Book Review

Kim Stanley Robinson’s exciting new novel delivers a powerful vision of Earth in crisis and Earth transformed, but fails as a program for change

Kim Stanley Robinson
Orbit, 2020

reviewed by Martin Empson

With all the environmental threats that humanity faces, it can be hard to be optimistic. This is reflected in the plethora of disaster novels that have appeared in recent years, whether inspired by climate change or pandemic, that explore in the appalling consequences of disease, floods, famine and so-on.

Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest novel also deals with these threats, in particular the twin ecological crises of biodiversity loss and climate change, so I approached it with trepidation — after 2020, who needs more doom and gloom?

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The Monsanto Papers – Deadly Secrets, Corporate Corruption, and One Man’s Search for Justice

1 March 2021 — USRTK

USRTK Research Director Carey Gillam’s new book is out now from Island Press and garnering glowing reviews. 

The St. Louis Post Dispatch calls Carey’s book “a fast-paced, engaging account of how Monsanto and Bayer’s fortunes changed dramatically in such a short span of time.” Read more reviews here

The Monsanto Papers is the inside story of Lee Johnson’s landmark lawsuit against Monsanto. For Lee, the case was a race against the clock, with doctors predicting he wouldn’t survive long enough to take the witness stand. For the eclectic band of young, ambitious lawyers representing him, it was a matter of professional pride and personal risk, with millions of their own dollars and hard-earned reputations on the line.

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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 26 February 2021

26 February 2021 — Sustainable Pulse

Editors’ picks

COUNT DOWN: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race

In 2017, Dr. Shanna Swan and her research team made an alarming discovery: Western men have experienced a 50% decline in sperm counts over the past 40 years. How did this happen and what does this mean for our future? Dr. Swan came to her conclusions after examining 185 studies involving close to 45,000 healthy […]

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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 19 February 2021

19 February 2021 — Sustainable Pulse 

Editors’ picks

UK Supermarket Co-op Backs Strong Regulation of Gene-Edited Crops

In response to a civil society appeal for UK supermarkets to back strong regulation of new gene-edited crops and animals, the Co-op has made a clear statement of its support. The #NotInMySupermarket campaign is a response to the current UK government consultation on removing regulations and labelling from plants and animals in the food chain […]

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Drama on Downing Street

19 February 2021 — DesSmogUK

  It’s the climate soap opera that’s gripped the nation in recent weeks, and it shows no signs of ending quite yet.

By now, you’ll be familiar with the main plot points. Campaigners have long opposed plans for a new coal mine in Whitehaven, West Cumbria, which if approved would release nine million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year into the atmosphere for the next quarter of a century, just as the UK tries to radically reduce its emissions to net zero by 2050.

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GMWatch mythbuster exposes UK government misinformation on gene editing

16 February 2021 — GMWatch

Gene Editing Misinformation

DEFRA’s evidence-free leaflet is a wish list for GMO boosters and misleads the public

UK farm and environment ministry DEFRA published an “Explainer” document on gene editing as a guide for members of the public who want to respond to the UK government’s consultation on its plan to deregulate gene editing. It may also have been meant to assist the media, as parts of the text also occur in DEFRA’s press release for the launch of the public consultation.

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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 5 February 2021

5 February 2021 — Sustainable Pulse

Editors’ picks

Farm Protests in India Are Writing the Green Revolution’s Obituary

In September 2020, India’s Narendra Modi government circumvented parliamentary procedures to push through three bills that eased restrictions on private players in agricultural markets. The move enraged farmers—especially in the northwestern state of Punjab, an epicenter of the Green Revolution since the 1950s. After protesting in vain for two months, tens of thousands of Punjab […]

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