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Frankenfish, Food Waste, & Geoengineering
#250, NOVEMBER 11, 2010
In this issue:
Quote of the Week
End the War Against the Earth
"When we think of wars in our times, our minds turn to Iraq and Afghanistan. But the bigger war is the war against the planet. This war has its roots in an economy that fails to respect ecological and ethical limits - limits to inequality, limits to injustice, limits to greed and economic concentration.
"A handful of corporations and of powerful countries seeks to control the earth's resources and transform the planet into a supermarket in which everything is for sale. They want to sell our water, genes, cells, organs, knowledge, cultures and future.
"The continuing wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and onwards are not only about 'blood for oil'. As they unfold, we will see that they are about blood for food, blood for genes and biodiversity and blood for water."
-Vandana Shiva: Time to End the War Against the Earth, the Age, November 4, 2010
Alert of the Week
Something Fishy at the FDA!
The FDA is poised to approve the sale of genetically engineered salmon in U.S. supermarkets - even though scientists warn it could harm human health.
But there's something even fishier going on. The agency wants to put this salmon on the market without requiring labels that it is genetically engineered. That means you won't know the difference between a mutant salmon and one that grew up naturally - leaving you in the dark about exactly what it is you're eating.
Tell the FDA that you demand the right to know what's in your food! The agency is hiding behind technicalities in the labeling law, when it only has to declare that genetically engineered salmon is 'materially' different - and should be labeled as such.
Please tell the FDA that you want genetically engineered food labeled. Consumers have the right to know what they're buying - and eating!
Article of the Week
The 10 Freakiest Things About Frankenfish
We have only until November 22, 2010, to generate the hundreds of thousands of comments that will be necessary to press President Obama and Food & Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to promise to label genetically modified salmon - if they decide to let this Frankenfish be sold in U.S. grocery stores and restaurants.
We need you to reach out to friends, family members and colleagues who don't yet know about the health and environmental risks associated with the production of genetically engineered animals for human food.
Please consider sharing our Huffington Post article, "10 Freakiest Things About Frankenfish" with your contacts via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and your favorite social networking sites.
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Video of the Week
Farmed Salmon Exposed
Our oceans are in trouble. Out-of-control, industrial scale fishing has brought many species to the brink of extinction, while pollution from farms, cities, and factories is making other commercially important seafood unsafe to eat.
The fishing industry claims that aquaculture fish farms can solve the crisis of overfishing and pollution. Yet, most industrial scale fish farms are neither sustainable nor healthy. OCA recommends that consumers boycott not only genetically modified salmon (if it's approved for sale by the FDA) but industrially farmed salmon as well, and to buy only wild caught salmon.
This film from the Pure Salmon Campaign exposes the problems with salmon farming.
New Egg Recall Also Connected to DeCoster
Help the Planet: Stop Wasting Food
USDA Issues Draft Environmental Assessment of GM Sugar Beets
Reducing Urban Water Use Around the World with Compost Toilets
The Doomsday Machine and the Race to Save the World
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