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    Post  mudra on Sat Apr 19, 2014 4:31 pm



    Victory in Vermont


    Today, by a vote of 28 to 2, the Vermont state senate passed H.112, a bill to require mandatory labeling of foods sold in Vermont that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The bill also makes it illegal to call any food product containing GMOs “natural” or “all natural.” Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require four or five other states to pass GMO labeling laws before they can be enacted, Vermont’s law contains no “trigger” clauses, making it the first “clean” GMO labeling law in the country.

    Read the Press Release: http://orgcns.org/1paAI1i

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    Post  mudra on Sat Apr 19, 2014 5:58 pm

    It’s Official – Russia Completely Bans GMOs



    Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev recently announced that Russia will no longer import GMO products, stating that the nation has enough space, and enough resources to produce organic food.

    If the Americans like to eat GMO products, let them eat it then. We don’t need to do that; we have enough space and opportunities to produce organic food.” – Medvedev wrote:

    Russia has been considering joining the long list (and continually growing) of anti-GMO countries for quite some time now. It does so after a group of Russian scientists urged the government to consider at least a 10-year moratorium on GMOs to thoroughly study their influence on human health.

    “It is necessary to ban GMOs, to impose moratorium (on) it for 10 years. While GMOs will be prohibited, we can plan experiments, tests, or maybe even new methods of research could be developed. It has been proven that not only in Russia, but also in many other countries in the world, GMOs are dangerous. Methods of obtaining the GMOs are not perfect, therefore, at this stage, all GMOs are dangerous. Consumption and use of GMOs obtained in such way can lead to tumors, cancers and obesity among animals. Bio-technologies certainly should be developed, but GMOs should be stopped. We should stop it from spreading. ” – Irina Ermakova, VP of Russia’s National Association for Genetic Safety wrote:

    A number of scientists worldwide have clearly outlined the potential dangers associated with consuming GMOs. I recently published an article titled “10 Scientific Studies Proving GMOs Can Be Harmful To Human Health,” you can read that in full here. These are just a select few out of hundreds of studies that are now available in the public domain, it seems that they continue to surface year after year.

    read on:  Arrow http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/04/15/its-official-russia-completely-bans-gmos/

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    Post  Sanicle on Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:29 am

    It's sooooooooooo good to read this thread to know we are winning. The best I can do with the bad news threads is scan them these days. Too much negative same old, same old......... Thank you so much (yet again) for your positive slant Mudra.  Flowers 
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    Post  mudra on Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:03 pm

    Sanicle wrote:It's sooooooooooo good to read this thread to know we are winning.  The best I can do with the bad news threads is scan them these days.  Too much negative same old, same old.........  Thank you so much (yet again) for your positive slant Mudra.   Flowers 

    Thank You Sanicle. Where there are losses there are wins. One seems intimately connected to the other.
    I count the wins as I count my blessings , little threads of bright color that may well amount one day, I hope , to
    a greater tapestry we will have woven on mother Earth that we will all be proud to stand on.

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    Post  mudra on Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:57 pm

    Effective Immediately: France Bans All GMO Cultivation

    National Assembly has made a sweeping declaration with a new bill, effective immediately. No more genetically modified crops.

    On Tuesday, the French lower house of parliament adopted a law immediately banning cultivation of any GMO corn, due to environmental safety concerns. Recently, they also made a halt decree to prohibit planting the only GM crop allowed in the EU – Monsanto’s MON810 corn, with built-in insect resistance. Jean-Marie Le Guen, the minister in charge of relations with parliament, said:

    “It is essential today to renew a widely shared desire to maintain the French ban. This bill strengthens the decree passed last March by preventing the immediate cultivation of GMO and extending their reach to all transgenic maize varieties.”

    Farmers and seed companies are challenging the rule, as they have blocked similar decrees before, viewing safety concerns insufficient. But Le Guen bound the rule so that member state decisions could not be litigated against. The ban heads back to the Senate for final approval – if rejected, the French National Assembly gets to cast the final ruling. Future strains will be banned even if the EU states approve more.

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    Post  mudra on Thu Jul 10, 2014 2:04 pm

    Pushing-against-controllers-at-the-local-level

    Local Communities Dismantling Corporate Rule, part 1

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Prylnj4NQ8


    Local Communities Dismantling Corporate Rule, part 2

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lh8l4B4z7GE


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    Post  mudra on Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:37 pm

    BREAKING NEWS! We just scored a HUGE win today when a federal appeals court slammed the coal industry for objecting to common sense rules for protecting mountain streams and Appalachian communities from mountaintop removal mining. It's long overdue justice for the people of Appalachia, especially when the lower courts had previously sided with the coal industry!



    http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2014/federal-appeals-court-upholds-epa-efforts-to-protect-appalachian-waters-and-communities

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    Post  mudra on Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:08 am



    Residents in the small ocean-side community of Ogunquit, Maine, voted to become the first town in the state to prohibit the use of pesticides on public and private property for turf, landscape, and outdoor pest management activities. Ogunquit’s ordinance makes the town the second local jurisdiction in the United States in the last year to ban pesticides on both public and private property, and the first to be passed by popular vote, 206 to 172. Ogunquit’s ordinance is modeled on the first private/public pesticide ban in Takoma Park, Maryland, last year. GO OGUNQUIT! THE REST OF THE USA NEEDS TO FOLLOW!

    READ: http://www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/?p=13570

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    Post  mudra on Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:52 pm

    Hungary Destroys All Monsanto GMO Corn Fields

    February 10, 2012

    Hungary has taken a bold stand against biotech giant Monsanto and genetic modification by destroying 1000 acres of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, according to Hungary deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar. Unlike many European Union countries, Hungary is a nation where genetically modified (GM) seeds are banned. In a similar stance against GM ingredients, Peru has also passed a 10 year ban on GM foods.

    Planetsave reports:

    Almost 1000 acres of maize found to have been ground with genetically modified seeds have been destroyed throughout Hungary, deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar said. The GMO maize has been ploughed under, said Lajos Bognar, but pollen has not spread from the maize, he added.

    Read More: http://www.trueactivist.com/hungary-destroys-all-monsanto-gmo-corn-fields/

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    Post  mudra on Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:41 pm

    Polish Ambassador Permaculture Action Tour

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    Post  mudra on Fri Dec 19, 2014 1:30 pm

    New York bans fracking after health report

    New York state will ban hydraulic fracturing after a long-awaited report concluded that the oil and gas extraction method poses health risks, Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration said on Wednesday.

    New York Environmental Commissioner Joseph Martens said at a cabinet meeting he will issue an order early next year banning fracking, which has been under a moratorium since 2008. Once that happens, New York will join Vermont as the only states to completely prohibit fracking.

    The decision ends what has been a fierce debate in New York over the benefits and pitfalls of fracking, a process that involves pumping water, sand and chemicals into a well to extract oil or gas. Many in the state saw gas drilling as a key economic resource while others argued it was too dangerous.

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    Post  Carol on Thu Jan 22, 2015 12:58 pm

    Such a great thread mudra. Thank you for keeping us updated with "good" news. Thubs Up


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    Post  B.B.Baghor on Thu Jan 22, 2015 1:27 pm

    Thank you, mudra I love you for sharing good news again.
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    Post  mudra on Fri Jan 30, 2015 4:01 am

    Ewing announces fracking ban in Scotland

    The controversy over fracking in the UK has deepened as Scotland imposed a ban on giving the green light to new schemes amid ongoing public opposition to the process.


    Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing announced a moratorium on granting planning consents for fracking developments to allow a full public consultation on the issue.
    The move came as Lancashire County Council was forced to delay a decision on two proposed new fracking sites for at least eight weeks to consider new information from a shale company facing the prospect of its applications being turned down.
    In a week when the Government promised an outright ban on fracking in national parks and accepted Labour moves to set "necessary conditions" restricting the shale industry as it faced down calls for a UK moratorium, public opposition continues to outstrip support.
    A new online survey of 1,000 people found that two fifths (40%) were against fracking, while a quarter (25%) were in favour of it going ahead in the UK.

    read on: Arrow http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/scottish-politics/ewing-announces-fracking-ban-in-scotland.1422459054


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    Post  mudra on Fri Jan 30, 2015 4:01 am

    You are welcome Carol and BB.
    Thank You for your nice comments.

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    Post  mudra on Wed Feb 04, 2015 9:35 am

    2/04/2015 -- ALERT : Oklahoma BANS FRACKING injection after 4.0M+ earthquake swarm
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    Post  mudra on Wed Feb 04, 2015 5:44 pm

    TTIP: Activists triumph as contentious US free trade deal clause suspended




    A proposed free trade deal between the European Union and the United States has suffered a huge setback after the most controversial element was taken off the negotiating table in the face of huge public opposition in Britain and other parts of Europe.

    Plans to protect foreign investors from decisions by national governments have been set aside by negotiators after an unprecedented 150,000 objections in an EU-wide consultation exercise.  Some 52,000 came from Britain, even though David Cameron is one of the EU leaders keenest on what would the biggest trade deal ever. It is now unlikely that a deal will be struck by the end of this year.
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    Cameron attempts to rally support for controversial trade deal
    NHS needs protecting from US trade deal, says Labour
    TTIP just the tip of the iceberg of EU's relationships with corporations
    Campaigners fear the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would allow US multinationals to override laws protecting the environment, consumer rights and food standards by allowing them to sue EU governments. Critics also warn that the National Health Service could be undermined by US health giants bidding for NHS contracts for private firms. They fear that companies which lost NHS work could sue the Government. The EU insists the NHS would be exempt from the trade deal.  
    When the US-EU talks resume next month, they will not cover the proposed investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS). That part of the agreement is now “suspended” after the public revolt while the European Commission decides by this summer whether to abandon ISDS altogether. There is also strong public hostility in Germany, where opponents fear US companies could bypass national courts by going to international arbitrators.

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    Post  mudra on Tue Feb 17, 2015 4:28 pm

    Bolivia passes "Law of Mother Earth" which gives rights to our planet as a living system


    The Law of Mother Earth ("Ley de Derechos de La Madre Tierra") holds the land as sacred and holds it as a living system with rights to be protected from exploitation, and creates 11 distinguished rights for the environment. It was passed by Bolivia's Plurinational Legislative Assembly. This 10 article law is derived from the first part of a longer draft bill, drafted and released by the Pact of Unity by November 2010. Can we please spread this law? There has to be a way for the free market to interoperate with reverence for this planet. Period.

    In accordance with the philosophy of Pachamama, it states, "She is sacred, fertile and the source of life that feeds and cares for all living beings in her womb. She is in permanent balance, harmony and communication with the cosmos. She is comprised of all ecosystems and living beings, and their self-organisation."
    "It makes world history. Earth is the mother of all," said Vice-President Alvaro García Linera. "It establishes a new relationship between man and nature, the harmony of which must be preserved as a guarantee of its regeneration."
    The law enumerates seven specific rights to which Mother Earth and her constituent life systems, including human communities, are entitled to:

    Read on: Arrow https://www.minds.com/blog/view/370619333145006080/bolivia-passes-law-of-mother-earth-which-gives-rights-to-our-planet-as-a-living-system

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    After Decades of Struggle, Salvadoran Communities Declare Territory Free of Mining


    Carrying palm fronds and flowers, women and children walked into the center of town along roads strewn with fallen mangos. Blue-crowned motmots flitted from tree to tree while a pandemonium of parakeets flew past overhead, punctuating the quiet morning with their raucous squawking. It was nearly time for Palm Sunday celebrations, but people were also congregating to determine the future of their territory, nestled in the mountains of the Chalatenango department in northern El Salvador.

    The population of Nueva Trinidad voiced its resounding opposition to mining in an official municipal consultation process on March 29. In seven community voting centers, 99.25 percent of participating registered voters cast their ballots against metallic mining in Nueva Trinidad. The third consultation of its kind in the country, the local exercise in participatory democracy is the latest manifestation of the thriving national movement against mining in the small Central American nation.

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    Post  mudra on Sun May 24, 2015 8:32 am

    France has made it illegal for supermarkets to throw away food

    Here’s some good news. France has outlawed supermarket food waste, compelling groceries to instead donate the unwanted food to a charity or allow for it to be processed into compost, animal feed, or energy.
    Food waste is a serious issue and some chains’ practices of destroying or even adding chemicals such as bleach to their tossed out food are coming under scrutiny: “It’s scandalous to see bleach being poured into supermarket dustbins along with edible foods,” said Guillaume Garot, a French politician who sponsored the new bill.
    Consider the situation here on the home front. According to the Department of Agriculture the United States wastes an incredible amount of food.

    “…An estimated 133 billion pounds, or 31 percent of the 430 billion pounds of food available for human consumption in the United States in 2010, was not eaten. At 2010 retail prices, this translates into $161.6 billion worth of food.”

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    mudra wrote:France has made it illegal for supermarkets to throw away food

    Here’s some good news. France has outlawed supermarket food waste, compelling groceries to instead donate the unwanted food to a charity or allow for it to be processed into compost, animal feed, or energy.
    Food waste is a serious issue and some chains’ practices of destroying or even adding chemicals such as bleach to their tossed out food are coming under scrutiny: “It’s scandalous to see bleach being poured into supermarket dustbins along with edible foods,” said Guillaume Garot, a French politician who sponsored the new bill.
    Consider the situation here on the home front. According to the Department of Agriculture the United States wastes an incredible amount of food.

    “…An estimated 133 billion pounds, or 31 percent of the 430 billion pounds of food available for human consumption in the United States in 2010, was not eaten. At 2010 retail prices, this translates into $161.6 billion worth of food.”

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    This is outstanding! I hope the US follows suit along with other nations who aren't doing this already.


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    Post  mudra on Tue Jun 02, 2015 4:04 pm

    Carol wrote:
    mudra wrote:France has made it illegal for supermarkets to throw away food

    Here’s some good news. France has outlawed supermarket food waste, compelling groceries to instead donate the unwanted food to a charity or allow for it to be processed into compost, animal feed, or energy.
    Food waste is a serious issue and some chains’ practices of destroying or even adding chemicals such as bleach to their tossed out food are coming under scrutiny: “It’s scandalous to see bleach being poured into supermarket dustbins along with edible foods,” said Guillaume Garot, a French politician who sponsored the new bill.
    Consider the situation here on the home front. According to the Department of Agriculture the United States wastes an incredible amount of food.

    “…An estimated 133 billion pounds, or 31 percent of the 430 billion pounds of food available for human consumption in the United States in 2010, was not eaten. At 2010 retail prices, this translates into $161.6 billion worth of food.”

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    This is outstanding! I hope the US follows suit along with other nations who aren't doing this already.

    Maybe there is some hope for this Carol :

    Arash Derambarsh, the local councillor who kick-started the fight against food waste in his own Paris suburb, seeks to convince other countries to follow France's lead and eliminate food waste.



    The internet was in a frenzy when France recently passed legislation making it illegal for stores to purposely waste discarded food. As many pointed out in the comments section of True Activist’s coverage, such an intelligent plan deserves to go global – and now it just might!

    Arash Derambarsh, the local councillor who kick-started the fight against food waste in his own Paris suburb, has grand ambitions to convince more countries to follow France’s lead.

    Derambarsh believes it is “scandalous and absurd” that food is wasted and in some cases deliberately spoiled while the homeless, poor, and unemployed go hungry.

    And who can disagree? At present, the world wastes 1/3 of its food supply – and such a statistic is far from acceptable.

    Arash took action by persuading French MPs to adopt the regulation banning deliberate food waste after a petition he initiated gained more than 200,000 signatures and celebrity support in just four months.


    Read More: http://www.trueactivist.com/the-man-who-stopped-frances-food-waste-seeks-to-globalize-the-law/?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=fb&utm_campaign=sh

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    Post  B.B.Baghor on Tue Jun 02, 2015 6:07 pm

    That's such good news, this French decision, isn't it? Holland has taken an initiative too, with Instock:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCpknV6GTIk


    "Instock is the initiative where surplus food is rescued to turn it into delicious meals.
    Our chefs are cooking meals with products from the food supply chain that otherwise would
    be wasted. The menu is a surprise every day, as it depends on our ‘harvest of the day’.
    We love good food and inventive recipes, we make optimal use of our products and we like
    an open discussion. Together we can turn this issue into an tasty opportunity…..one plate
    a time. Our mission: reducing food waste. Want to contribute? Just come and eat with us!"

    Locations:
    Instock Pop-up Restaurant
    Polonceaukade 9, Westergasterrein Amsterdam

    Instock Toko
    Ferdinand Bolstraat 88

    Many more are starting, also in Fryslan, in the north of Holland. Yesterday a friend told me that
    many supermarkets begin to save the expired food and left overs for the Dutch Food-banks, growing in
    numbers and much welcomed by people that are short of money. Sometimes the only obstacle for
    sharing this food is how it's transported to the place where it can be shared and who will do the driving.
    I've been a customer of a Food-bank, last year, it's often located in Red Cross buildings, I've come to know
    it as a world with hardworking volunteers of all ages. And also I found several people treating me in an
    awkward way, once they knew I went there each Saturday. Shame and judgement is ready to appear,
    for some who are confronted with poverty of money, I noticed. Besides, on the other end of the spectrum
    are people who live rich on very little and know how to support others in order to make them feel rich too.


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