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The US-EU trade deal could take Monsanto's GM crops off the table
A debate over food standards with the largest US trading partner could affect what Americans are eating for dinner
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 15 May 2013 09.30 EDT
As President Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron stood smiling for the cameras at a press conference on free trade this week, a secret lurked behind them: the average American couldn't care less about whether the US has a good trade deal with Europe, or whether Europeans buy our products or we buy theirs. With over 12 million unemployed people at home, no one's worried about whether we have enough ripe cheese from France or beer from Germany.
Yet a confluence of events over the past week shows that Cameron's visit is important to Americans. One of the things he and other leaders will be negotiating are what kinds of American food they want brought into their countries cheaply.
Here's why what Europe wants matters: the EU, which loathes American food safety practices, could, by exerting pressure on the negotiations, actually end up improving the quality or variety of food available to Americans.
The US Department of Agriculture dealt Monsanto a rare blow merely by insisting that its new seeds – the ones resistant to powerful herbicides – require at least another year of examination for safety. The delay was met with surprise.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun May 19, 2013, 12:23 PM (10 replies)
May 14, 2013
Everyone heard the story about Cleveland. But there was a *second* basement dungeon in the news the same week, and it received almost no media coverage.
While that house in Cleveland represents our collective horror at the cruelty inflicted on innocents, there was a house in Worcester, Mass., where Geoffrey Portway had built his own dungeon: a soundproofed, double-locked basement with a child-sized coffin, a steel table with restraints, an Internet connection, and butchering tools. This "Ariel Castro" was apparently caught before he abducted and killed a child.
This Worcester house represents our collective apathy and incompetence to act. It is a symbol of how easily we could rescue other children if we really cared.
Thousands of other houses of horror are KNOWN to law enforcement right now (you've seen the maps), and thousands of children could be rescued immediately. By choosing to not fully fund law enforcement to investigate the leads on the maps, our government has chosen to leave those children in peril.
Here's the ICE bulletin. See paragraph 9 if you're feeling strong:
And here's the story about the maps, once again:
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun May 19, 2013, 01:44 AM (0 replies)
Join their advocacy group(s). Lend a helping hand, as they ask.
Mere murmurs of concern or support are insufficient.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed May 8, 2013, 04:45 PM (0 replies)
Unfortunately, they've redesigned their website and now, IMO, it's junk. The excellent newswire archive appears lost, including multiple previous articles on Arnett and the Florida puppeteer. google: protect.org kansas arnett florida puppeteer
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue May 7, 2013, 11:54 AM (0 replies)
Mexican women delivered to N.J. farms for sex with workers, authorities say
By Ted Sherman/The Star-Ledger
on May 01, 2013 at 1:09 PM, updated May 01, 2013 at 7:03 PM
NEW YORK — Sold into prostitution, the young women were forced to have sex with workers on New Jersey farms and in dingy brothels around New York — some with as many as 25 men a day, authorities say.
Most got paid nothing.
Today, federal authorities said they have charged 13 people in connection with the far-flung sex trafficking ring that transported dozens women and girls — including one as young as 14 — from Mexico to be put to work in the sex trade.
Prosecutors said the enterprise, which operated for at least five years, was part of a larger network of sex traffickers working a pipeline that stretched from Tenancingo, Mexico, directly into the New York region.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said members of the ring lured their victims to the United States with promises of a better life.
...The U.S. Attorney’s office declined to identify where in New Jersey the ring was operating and state officials were unaware of the operation.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu May 2, 2013, 02:43 PM (10 replies)
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After being banned from a DU group solely due to posting a Gail Dines lecture video, the impulse isn't to post her work on DU again, although from the looks of things (below) she has a massive amount of very legitimate support. Dines would appear to differ with the views expressed in the study cited in the OP. Further confirmation needed.
Letter of Support for Iceland’s Anti-Pornography Initiative
Posted by admin | Under Gail Dines' Blog
March 18, 2013
Innanríkisráðuneytið (Minister of Interior)
Dear Mr. Jónasson,
We are writing to express our support for current efforts in Iceland to develop and implement legal limits on violent Internet pornography. As scholars, medical and public health professionals, social service providers, and community activists, we commend your government’s determination to confront the harms of pornography. As part of a comprehensive approach to violence prevention, sex education, and public health, legally limiting Internet pornography will reduce the power of this multi-billion dollar global industry to distort and diminish the lives, opportunities, and relationships of Icelandic citizens.
Especially commendable is your government’s commitment to protect children from the harms of pornography. We recognize in other contexts (e.g., advertising) that children’s unique developmental needs mandate protecting them from predatory corporate interests. As pornography invades children’s lives and psyches at ever earlier ages and with ever more distressing effects, this recognition must be applied to pornography. It is naïve and unrealistic to expect parents and schools to counter effectively the influence of this powerful and pervasive industry. Rather, society must act on its compelling interest in providing a safe and nourishing environment for children. We applaud your government’s effort to exercise collective responsibility for children’s well-being by placing limits on a toxic media environment from which they cannot otherwise be sufficiently shielded.
We understand that your deliberations remain at an early stage and that many important aspects of the proposed legislation remain to be worked out. That said, we commend your government’s stated intention to define pornography narrowly (as sexual material involving violence and degradation), thus ensuring Icelandic citizens’ access to the fullest possible range of online information consistent with the protection of children and of women’s civil right to equality. As your efforts continue to develop, we would urge you not to be dissuaded by dark invocations of totalitarianism or of an unregulated black market in pornography. The pornography industry could hardly be any less regulated than it is currently, nor could the motivations and methods of the Icelandic initiative differ more starkly from those of authoritarian governments.
From adopting the so-called “Nordic” approach to prostitution in 2009 to banning strip clubs in 2010, and having stood virtually alone among nations in holding banks to account in the wake of the global financial crisis, Iceland is a global leader both in gender equality and in confronting corporate power. We are inspired by your boldness and innovation in protecting children, honoring women’s rights to safety and equality, and maintaining the integrity of Icelandic culture against the onslaught of an unrestrained industry of sexual exploitation. As a group of similarly committed scholars, activists, and professionals across the globe, we stand with you and look forward to seeing the final result of your efforts.
• Dr. Esohe Aghatise, Executive Director, Associazione Iroko Onlus, Turin, Italy
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Apr 27, 2013, 03:23 PM (2 replies)
GMO Food Labeling Drive Heats Up
Health24, April 26, 2013
Straight to the Source: http://www.health24.com/Diet-and-nutrition/News/GMO-food-labeling-drive-heats-up-20130426
U.S. GMO food labeling drive has biotech industry biting back
Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:39pm EDT
By Carey Gillam
CHICAGO April 25 (Reuters) - New efforts to force labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops, including a bill introduced by U.S. lawmakers Wednesday, have struck a nerve with biotech crop developers who say they are rushing to roll out a broad strategy to combat consumer concerns about their products.
Executives from Monsanto Co., DuPont, and Dow Chemical, among the world's largest developers of biotech crops and the chemicals used to help produce them, told Reuters this week they are putting together a campaign aimed at turning the tide on what they acknowledge is a growing public sentiment against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) used as ingredients in the nation's food supply.
Last year, the industry spent $40 million to defeat a labeling measure in California. But similar initiatives are underway now in more than 20 states, and the move by the big biotech firms is designed to thwart the spread of such initiatives, which the companies say would confuse consumers and roil the food manufacturing industry.
"Even when we prevail, we lose," said Cathy Enright, executive vice president for food and agriculture for the global Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO,) which includes Monsanto, DuPont, Dow Chemical as members.
"To try to oppose this state by state, that is unsustainable," she said.
The big biotech firms are still working out details of their plan, but it will likely have a large social media component, the company executives said. The group will focus on conveying what it says are the many benefits of biotech crops. Participants have not yet set a budget for the campaign, Enright said.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Apr 27, 2013, 02:28 PM (0 replies)
Bipartisan Seattle coalition supported by Senators Patty Murray & Maria Cantwell opposes gmo salmon.
Council Opposes Genetically Engineered Salmon
Seattle City Council, April 22, 2013
Straight to the Source: http://council.seattle.gov/2013/04/22/city-opposes-genetically-engineered-salmon/
Seattle -- Seattle City Council adopted a resolution today opposing the commercial production of genetically engineered (GE) salmon. A proposal is currently before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that would allow GE salmon commercial production. The Mayor concurred with the resolution.
The City's action supports a bipartisan coalition, supported by Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, which is seeking to ban the genetically engineered fish or require it to be labeled as transgenic. More than 400,000 fishermen, environmentalists, food safety advocates and others have written to the FDA with concerns about the FDA's preliminary finding that this project should be allowed to proceed.
"This is a threat to the livelihood of Northwest and Alaska fishermen," said Councilmember Richard Conlin, sponsor of the resolution. "I'm also deeply concerned about potential health concerns related to consuming genetically engineered salmon. That's why we felt the need to act."
AquaBounty Technologies Inc., is seeking permission from the FDA to alter Atlantic salmon with genes taken from the Pacific Chinook salmon and the eel-like Ocean Pout. Adding these growth genes from other species causes fish to produce growth hormones continuously, allowing them to grow larger and faster than natural salmon.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Apr 27, 2013, 01:54 PM (0 replies)