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Help the Bees: Tell EPA to Ban Killer Pesticide

Bees are an essential part of our food system, as they pollinate many of the flowering plants we grow food on. “Pollination by honey bees is key in cultivating the crops that produce a full one-third of our food,” Credo Action writes. But if you haven’t heard, you should know that bees have been seeing major colony collapse in recent years. Colony Collapse Disease has decimated bees across the U.S. since 2006, killing off approximately 30% of the population each year.

Genetically Modified ‘Frankenstein Potato’ Comes to Europe

The EU recently approved cultivation of a genetically modified potato through controversial means. [social_buttons] Since I’m living in Europe now, I have been slightly comforted to know that genetically modified (GM) crops could not be grown here. I thought that at least one small continent could remain free of this very unnatural phenomenon. Of course, …

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“Our Daily Bread” Uses Silence to Comment on Industrial Food

Last weekend Madison was host to Tales from Planet Earth, a local environmental film festival screening 50 films over three days. One film I saw was Our Daily Bread, a German film about the industrial food production and high-tech farming that managed to comment on the process without actually doing any talking. The image above, …

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Germany to Join Other European Countries in Ban Against Monsanto’s Genetically Modified MON 810 Corn

In the European Union, there is only one permissible genetically-modified crop — and that is Monsanto’s MON 810 engineered corn.Β  But current law allows individual countries to bar the production of genetically-modified crops, and the MON 810 ban has been gaining momentum throughout the continent. This is despite the European Union’s continuous fight to force …

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Urban Agriculturalist: Intercultural Gardens

Urban Agriculturalist is a series on the ways city and suburb dwellers use their land as a food resource. It is a truth well documented that community gardens foster unity among neighbors, but Germany’s Stiftung Interkultur has taken this logic a step further in the creation of its Intercultural Gardens. Communities in Berlin, Gottingen, Hamburg, …

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