Daily Archives: September 22, 2012

Dire Warnings Issued on Diminishing Arctic Ice

Published on Sep 21, 2012 by VOAvideo

The extent of Arctic sea ice this week shrunk to a new low in the era of satellite record-keeping that began in 1979. VOA New York correspondent Peter Fedynsky reports the increased expanse of water near the top of the world could have implications for global shipping, wildlife and even international diplomacy.

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Tests Show Levels of Arsenic in US Rice

Published on Sep 21, 2012 by VOAvideo

Preliminary results of a large study by the U.S. government and research by a non-profit organization show measurable amounts of arsenic in samples of rice and rice products for sale in U.S. markets. One form of the chemical, inorganic arsenic, is a known human carcinogen. VOA’s Zulima Palacio reports that while the private study cautions that people should limit their consumption of rice products, government scientists say they are making no recommendations until their study is complete, sometime next year.

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Two Billion Dollar Political Food Fight Turns Voters Off


Maria Echaveste, Peter Hart, and Laura Quinn discuss why voters are disengaged by the Election 2012. Peter Hart argues that the negative campaigning by both candidates is turning voters off.

Complete video available for free at
http://fora.tv/2012/09/06/Democratic_Campaign_Leaders_Share_Election_2012_Strategy

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Aid Cuts Threaten Millennium Development Goals, Warns UN

Published on Sep 21, 2012 by VOAvideo

The Secretary General of the United Nations has warned that declining aid donations mean many of the UN Millennium Development Goals are likely to be missed. The UN says official development assistance in 2011 was less than half the $300 billion needed annually to meet the targets set in 2000. As Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA, researchers say up till now good progress has been made in tackling poverty and improving healthcare.

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European Farmers Working to Boost Global Grain Supplies

Published on Sep 21, 2012 by VOAvideo

The head of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization says there’s no need for panic over global food prices. Those remarks from Jose Graziano da Silva, in Istanbul Thursday, were soothing words at a time when food prices are volatile and drought in many of the world’s top grain producing regions has raised fears over food security. As Selah Hennessy reports from London, farmers in Britain, Russia and other parts of the world are working to fill the gap in global grain supplies.

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Listening Post – Google and the video that enraged Muslims

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Divest For Our Future

http://divestforourfuture.org/

The Divest for Our Future campaign is a partnership between Better Future Project, Students for a Just and Stable Future, and 350.org.

All are welcome to use the provided resources on this site or start their own Divest for Our Future campaign.

We invite any current students or alumni interested in starting or joining an existing campus fossil fuel divestment campaign to get involved.

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BBC News – French GM-fed rat study triggers furore

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19654825
19 September 2012 Last updated at 13:16 ET
French GM-fed rat study triggers furore
Jonathan Amos By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News
A furious row has erupted over a French study claiming to have found tumours and other problems in rats fed on genetically modified maize and exposed to a common, associated herbicide.
The rodents ate the GM diet over a two-year period – a normal lifetime.
The study’s length made its results far more reliable than previous research, said team-leader Gilles-Eric Seralini.
But independent scientists criticised the work for its statistical methods and for using the wrong type of rat.
They said the albino Sprague-Dawley strain of animal had a tendency to develop cancers, especially the mammary tumours seen in some of the study subjects.

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The Hindu : Opinion / Lead : GM crops are no way forward

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/article3812825.ece?homepage=true
Published: August 24, 2012 01:00 IST | Updated: August 25, 2012 17:12 IST
GM crops are no way forward
Satyarat Chaturvedi

Food security is not about production alone; it is also about bio-safety, and access to food for the poorest

We are predominantly an agricultural economy, with the agricultural sector providing employment and subsistence to almost 70 per cent of the workforce. There have been some remarkable contributions from the agriculture sector to food grain production in the last six decades, when from a meagre 50 million tonnes in the 1950s, the country has been able to produce a record 241 million tonnes in 2010-2011. Despite these achievements, the condition of the farming community is pitiable considering that 70 per cent of our farmers are small and marginal, and there is a complete absence of pro-farmer/pro-agriculture policies which has led us to an environment of very severe agrarian distress.

Pros and cons
In this situation, food security has been one of the main agendas of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government and also one that the government has been struggling with. There is a strong opinion among policymakers that biotechnology holds a lot of promise in achieving food security and that transgenic crops, especially, are a sustainable way forward. But given the opposition and controversies surrounding Genetically Modified (GM) crops and the differences of opinion among stakeholders, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture decided to take on the mammoth task of an objective assessment of the pros and cons of introducing GM crops.

We expect the observations in our report to answer the big question on the role of GM crops in achieving food security. We hope the recommendations will be acted upon at the earliest. The committee felt this was all the more necessary in the light of the Prime Minister’s exhortation at the Indian Science Congress about the full utilisation of modern biotechnology for ensuring food security but without compromising on safety and regulatory aspects.

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Mitt Tells the Truth | On Democracy

http://billmoyers.com/2012/09/21/mitt-tells-the-truth/
On Democracy
Mitt Tells the Truth
September 21, 2012
by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship

Like everyone else, we watched the movie of the week — that clandestine video from Mitt Romney’s fundraiser in Florida. Thanks to that anonymous cameraperson, we now have a record of what our modern day, wealthy gentry really thinks about the rest of us — and it’s not pretty.

“We are the rich. We own America. We got it, God knows how, but we intend to keep it.” —Frederick Townsend Martin

On the other hand, it’s also not news. If you had reported as long as some of us have on winner-take-all politics and the unenlightened assumptions of the moneyed class, you wouldn’t find the remarks of Romney and his pals all that exceptional. The resentment, disdain and contempt with which they privately view those beneath them are an old story.

In fact, the video’s reminiscent of our first Gilded Age, back in the late 19th century. The celebrated New York dandy Frederick Townsend Martin summed it up when he declared, “We are the rich. We own America. We got it, God knows how, but we intend to keep it.”

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