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GMOs & The Future of Tucson’s Food and Environment

The New Year has only just begun and there is already a lot going on in Arizona! Monsanto plans a 155-Acre facility in the Avra Valley just outside of Tucson. Read more by clicking here Public Meetings and Community organized events are forming now. The World According to Monsanto screening this Friday night at 6:30 pm and “GMOs & The Future of Tucson’s Food and Environment” presentation this Saturday at 2 pm are both in preparation for the open public meetings about Monsanto that start next Monday, January 9, at 5 pm at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive, in Oro Valley. If you live in District 1 (Ally Miller’s district), be sure to attend that first meeting. We need to show the supervisors that we emphatically say NO to Monsanto in Pima County, so we need a full house at that open public meeting and at all four of the others! Please refer to the Call to Action for January in this issue for a calendar of events you can follow. It will be updated as new events are scheduled. You also can learn about all of the open public meetings at this link. If you don’t know what district you live in, call 520-724-8126 and give them your address and ask them to tell you which district you’re located in, or type your address into go to http://web1.pima.gov/Elections/polling-locator/ to find out. If you don’t know much about...

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​Movie Review “Cowspiracy”

​Movie Review “Cowspiracy” Rachel Linden, Reporter & Environmental film review GMO Free News www.cowspiracy.com “Cowspiracy” (91 min) Indiegogo funded Documentary on Climate Change and its secret largest contributor, the meat/GMO feed industry. Who knew that the meat industry/GMO feed are the leading contributor to climate change by a long shot? Why are we not hearing messaging to that effect? So changing my light bulbs and driving less don’t have as much of an impact as shifting my diet does…why are we not seeing this on billboards or at the UN Climate Change Summit? I think this movie is a confronting look at climate change, my personal life and also a very inspiring message…I can make a difference, several times a day and thats huge. No one was having the meat is causing climate change conversation and it is time! However, in the last portion of the movie it veers from climate change movie to vegan anthem by showcasing the short comings of pasture grassed animals (meat/dairy) in helping feed a growing planet…with that said, I highly recommend this movie for viewing…it is well done work and a very competent display of information and it builds as it goes, drawing me into the issue. A must see film! Advice for the directors and those hosting public showings: Lets stay progressive and not alienate those who are part of the shift...

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Mexican judge bans planting of GMO soy

CROP SEEN AS THREAT TO HONEY BEE COLONIES Devon G. Peña | Seattle, WA | July 24, 2014 According to reports appearing in the Mexican print media, a federal district court judge in Yucatányesterday overturned a permit issued to Monsanto, the U.S.-based multinational corporation that is a leading purveyor of genetically modified crops (GMOs). The permit, which had been issued by the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food on June 6, 2012, allowedthe commercial planting of GM soy bean in Yucatán. The ruling was based on consideration of scientific evidence demonstrating (to the judge’s satisfaction) that GMO soy crop plantings threatenMexican honey production in the states of Campeche, Quintana Roo, and Yucatán. An op-ed piece appearing in yesterday’s La Jornada (July 23), applauded the decision with insightful commentary suggesting that the federal agencies involved in this dispute are guilty of corruption and collusion with the transnational Gene Giant. According to La Jornada, the permit(s) revoked by court order had been issued by SAGARPA (Mexico’s agriculture ministry) and SEMARNAT (Mexico’s environmental protection agency) despite longstanding recommendations for denial made by the nation’s own leading environmental institutions – theMexican National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity, National Commission of Natural Protected Areas, and National Institute of Ecology. As was reported here on March 16, the federal permit approval also came despite objections by several hundred scientific research scholars associated with Mexico’s Union of Concerned Scientists Committed to Society.  At the very heart of the court ruling is the all important conclusion that coexistence is not possible: The court is in effect agreeing with scientists, farmers, beekeepers, and indigenous communities thatMonsanto GM soy and honey production are incompatible. According to La Jornada,...

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US farmers report widespread GM crop contamination

3-3-2014 A third of U.S. organic farmers have experienced problems in their fields due to nearby use of GMO crops, and more than half of those growers have had loads of grain rejected because of GMO contamination, according to a new report from Food & Water Watch. GO TO THE SOURCE:  Inter Press...

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Roundup Accumulates in GMO Food

2-5-2014 An important new manuscript accepted for publication in the journal Food Chemistry disproves the widely held notion that GMO crops are ‘substantially equivalent’ to their traditional counterparts. It was submitted by a team of researchers from Norway and the United Kingdom and compared 31 soybean batches from Iowa. GO TO THE SOURCE: ...

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