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  • Hawaii's GMO Battle: Federal Judge Strikes Down Kauai's Pesticide Regulations

    By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

    2014 829 crop fwFarmers outside a County Council chamber listen to a discussion about pesticide regulations and the planting of GMO crops on the island of Hawaii, November 5, 2013. (Photo: Jim Wilson / The New York Times)

    A federal judge in Hawaii has struck down a local ordinance that would have regulated pesticide use at farms on the island of Kauai, where four of the world's largest agrichemical companies take advantage of long growing seasons to develop genetically engineered crops seeds, also knows as genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

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  • Five Things About Canada Every American Climate Activist Should Know

    Five Things About Canada Every American Climate Activist Should Know

    By Joseph Boutilier, Truthout | Op-Ed

    For being such a global issue - with the potential to unite across borders both physical and virtual - the climate movement remains shockingly isolated in domestic dialogue. Canadians and Americans must unite in the name of climate justice and political action. To successfully address the climate crisis, we must recognize the complex intersections of Canadian and American government and corporate policies that are critical to our shared future.

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  • Street Sweepers, Part I: The Battle for the Cecil

    Street Sweepers, Part I: The Battle for the Cecil

    By Aaron Cantu, Beacon Reader | Report

    Skid Row's population of street people is growing, a byproduct of the rising number of homeless people in Los Angeles County, which shot from 50,214 in 2011 to 57,737 last year - a bigger jump per capita in that period frame than all other cities in the nation. With those numbers expected to rise, there is a desperate need on the part of activists and some officials to locate supportive housing as quickly as possible. However, they're running into impediments put in place by a coalition of local developers, overseas investors, and city officials that grind even the most obvious solutions to homelessness down to illusory pipe-dreams.

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