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Organic food producers expect more profits following US-Japan agreement

September 27th, 2013

The US-Japan agreement on organic foods opens up new markets for American and Japanese food products, already a $36 billion dollar combined two-way transfer. Producers see the agreement as a win-win.

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Calm down! Monsanto says that Monsanto’s genetically modified wheat is safe

May 31st, 2013

As American resistance to genetically modified (GMO) foods appears to grow — with several states proposing labeling laws and Internet chatter on the issue at an all-time high*– a new GMO surprise has sprouted.

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High speed rail chugs ahead around the world, with the U.S. as caboose

August 15th, 2012

High Speed Rail presents so much promise: It’s the greenest way to travel on anything powered by an engine. It bolsters economic development and connects cities. Its build-out creates thousands of jobs. And riding on it comes with WiFi and doesn’t require a body search. At least not yet.
So why aren’t we moving faster in the U.S. toward this 21st Century vision?

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Japanese Greenpeace activists sentenced in whale meat theft case

September 10th, 2010

A pair of Greenpeace activists have been sentenced to suspended one-year jail terms after the two were found guilty of stealing a box of whale meat the group claimed provided proof of embezzlement in state-run research whaling.

The Aomori district court convicted Junichi Sato, 33, and Toru Suzuki, 43, of theft and trespass charges. The one-year jail terms were suspended for three years.

Sato and Suzuki admitted they stole a box of salted whale meat in 2008, but claimed they acted in the public interest to highlight embezzlement in Japan’s whaling program. Greenpeace executive director Kumi Naidoo, who was in Japan for the reading of the verdict, said, “Activists are not criminals and to treat them as such has a chilling effect in society, undermining the quality of democracy.”

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Whaling commission votes to keep ban on hunting, despite violations

June 25th, 2010

Whale conservation groups were steeling themselves for the worst, but they were in for a surprise.

A 24-year ban on commercial whaling that was in danger of being lifted will remain in place. The International Whaling Commission, which was created by the United Nations in the 1980s to regulate whale hunting worldwide, decided Wednesday that there was too much opposition and too many unanswered questions to allow some countries to hunt whales with fewer restrictions. The decision came at the end of the commission’s three-day meeting this year in Morocco.

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Report: 70% of corporate executives plan to increase spending on climate change initiatives

May 25th, 2010

Whatever the state of the political debate about climate change, the issue increasingly looks settled in the board room. Despite challenging economic conditions and regulatory uncertainty, global executives believe that the climate change agenda will significantly impact business performance and strategy over the next few years according to a new survey by Ernst & Young.

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From ‘The Cove’ to the Red Carpet: Dolphin activist Ric O’Barry keeps making waves

March 4th, 2010

Marine mammal activist Ric O'Barry: 'We would like to see the Justice Department investigate SeaWorld.  This girl did not have to die.'
Marine mammal activist Ric O’Barry: ‘We would like to see the Justice Department investigate SeaWorld. This girl did not have to die.’

By Melissa Segrest
Green Right Now

This is an interesting time to be Ric O’Barry.

On one hand, the marine mammal activist is counting down the hours until Sunday, when he may win an Oscar for his role in the documentary The Cove – a compelling and gruesome expose about the secret slaughter of dolphins in Japan.

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