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God’s Red Pencil? CRISPR and The Three Myths of Precise Genome Editing

For the benefit of those parts of the world where public acceptance of biotechnology is incomplete, a public relations blitz is at full tilt. It concerns an emerging set of methods for altering the DNA of living organisms. 293 more words

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Chief Seattle's famous 1852 speech

The Native people of Mother Earth lived in harmony and peace. As the white man started to travel and impose their ways on these kind people, one person who wrote about the effect of this infestation was Native American Chief Seattle in the 1850’s. 718 more words

Long-time Iowa farm cartoonist fired after creating this cartoon

FORT DODGE, Iowa —Rick Friday has been giving farmers a voice and a laugh every Friday for two decades through his cartoons in Farm News. 32 more words

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OCA Sues Two Infant Formula Makers for Falsely Labeling Products Organic

FINLAND, Minn. – The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) announced today that the nonprofit consumer advocacy group has filed suit against two infant formula makers—The Hain Celestial Group (NASDAQ: HAIN), owner of the Earth’s Best infant and toddler formula brands, and The Honest Co.—for falsely labeling “organic” products that contain ingredients prohibited under the Organic Food Production Act of 1990 (OPPA).

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Suburban Market Gardening

I filmed this video about Whisper Farms in suburban Pasadena, California. It’s an ordinary home that’s been pressed in to service as a for-profit market garden. 241 more words

Dole lied. People died.

Dole knew of Listeria; feds launch criminal investigation
BY CORAL BEACH | APRIL 29, 2016

UPDATED CONTENT 6:37 p.m. EDT — The U.S. Department of Justice in investigating Dole in relation to the Listeria monocytogenes outbreak, according to a news release posted on the company’s website. 204 more words

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