Archive for August, 2015

Ethics-Related Retraction Tarnishes the Sheen of Golden Rice

Ethics-Related Retraction Tarnishes the Sheen of Golden Rice

| August 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Genna Reed  The controversial genetically engineered ‘golden rice’ fortified with Vitamin A was in the news again after the most recent feeding trial led by professor Guangwen Tang was retracted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The reason? The Tufts University author could not provide full evidence of consent from the parents of […]

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United Water’s Breach of Trust in New York’s Rockland County

United Water’s Breach of Trust in New York’s Rockland County

| August 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Mary Grant At the end of July, United Water backed out of a water conservation task force in Rockland County, N.Y., in the wake of a scathing report about the company’s practices. This is its latest offense in an ongoing effort to build a boondoggle of a desalination plant, a project that could generate […]

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86-ing Michigan’s Line 5 Pipeline

86-ing Michigan’s Line 5 Pipeline

| August 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Mariah Ureta – Michigan Organizer It is inspiring to see the progress that can be accomplished in as little as four months. I began working with Food & Water Watch in Michigan this past May, right after I finished college. Right away, I went to work with a coalition of Michigan groups in the […]

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A Witness to Africa’s Water Challenges

A Witness to Africa’s Water Challenges

| August 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Eric Weltman This summer, my family took an extraordinary and illuminating vacation in Africa. We covered five countries, where we saw an abundance of wildlife, including thousands of giraffe, zebras, elephants and other animals. My personal highlight was visiting a Maasai village in Kenya where I showed a classroom of students how to juggle. […]

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A Franken-Sized Salmon?

A Franken-Sized Salmon?

| August 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Tim Schwab For those of you who have read the Mary Shelley novel “Frankenstein,” you remember that the name refers to the scientist Victor Frankenstein, not the monster he constructed from body parts found in the local cemetery. The story has captured the public’s imagination for nearly 200 years, and “franken” has become a […]

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Slap in the Face Trial Run

Slap in the Face Trial Run

| August 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

 Over the weekend I received a message from one of our readers.  As usual, I will not share the name of the writer nor specific details about their location, but I felt strongly that this would be a great opportunity to remind us all of a couple of very important aspects of living a peaceful […]

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Ten Years Later, the “Halliburton Loophole” and America’s Dirty Fracking Boom

Ten Years Later, the “Halliburton Loophole” and America’s Dirty Fracking Boom

| August 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Wenonah Hauter This past Saturday, Aug. 8 marked a notable 10th anniversary. But it was certainly nothing to celebrate. Ten years ago, President George W.  Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The giant energy bill included massive giveaways for the fossil fuel, nuclear and ethanol industries, and provided only token incentives for renewables and improved […]

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The Survival Buzz #182: Prepping For a Road Trip

The Survival Buzz #182: Prepping For a Road Trip

| August 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps plus news and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog. This week started out great, prepping wise.  I finally completed the job I started weeks ago organizing my food storage.  Everything is labeled, dated, and properly ensconced in Mylar bags, buckets or mason […]

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5 Best Comebacks To Win Every Argument Against Prepping

5 Best Comebacks To Win Every Argument Against Prepping

| August 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Let’s face reality.  As much as we believe in family preparedness and prepping, the majority of our peers think we are nuts.  Although we would never tell them that they are the one’s that are nuts, we might possibly put up a good argument in favor of prepping. Prepping is insurance, right?  You know it […]

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Whistle While They Fret-Mental Preparedness In Action

Whistle While They Fret-Mental Preparedness In Action

| August 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

So tonight I was literally locked IN my hotel room. I couldn’t get out for anything!!  The steel door handle wouldn’t turn far enough for me to unlock the door.  After attempting to open the door for several minutes and ruining a good pair of shoes in a desperate attempt to kick the handle downward, […]

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