3 reasons why bamboo plywood is better than hardwood | Architecture And Design

From www.architectureanddesign.com.au | December 8, 2015 Hardwood has been relied upon by designers and builders for centuries as a proven and flexible building material across architecture, furniture and interior design projects. However, the increasing International demand for tropical hardwood has led to the destruction of rainforests in countries such as Brazil and Indonesia, contributing to climate change. Contractors, architects and builders today have access to timber products from …

Russia confirms GMOs won’t be used to boost agriculture | Genetic Literacy Project

From www.geneticliteracyproject.org | June 24, 2015 Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich has announced that Russia will not use genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to increase productivity in agriculture, while he was speaking on Friday at a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. As a result of this decision Russian products will be “one of the cleanest in the world” in terms of technology use, Dvorkovich continued. “Of course, we must and will use the …

Dow Crop Chemical Labeled “Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans” | EWG

By Shannon Van Hoesen | June 23, 2015 WASHINGTON – The decision by an organization of the world’s leading cancer experts to classify the herbicide 2,4-D as a possible carcinogen underscores the risk posed by the U.S. government’s recent approval of 2,4-D for use on genetically engineered, or GMO, crops, EWG said in a statement. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a branch of the World Health Organization, said 2,4-D is “possibly carcinogenic to humans” because …

Vermont’s GMO labeling law could cost grocers up to $10 million per day in fines – Business Insider

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s first-in-the-nation law requiring the labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms could cost the nation’s grocers up to $10 million a day in fines, according to a letter from an industry organization that is suing the block the law. The letter to Gov. Peter Shumlin from the head of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, dated Wednesday, said companies could be fined up to $1,000 a day per unlabeled item — a can of soup or a box of …

Countries That Ban GMO Foods

By Morgan Chilson | June 2, 2015 Numerous countries around the world restrict the growing or importing of GMO crops. These International restrictions are always held up as examples pointing to the lack of regulation of genetically modified organisms in the United States. The reality is that many nations in the world are in flux about whether to allow or ban GMOs. While countries may ban the growing of GMO crops, most don’t completely ban imports of GMO foods. And some countries that banned …

The potential for organic food in Middle East

By Hannah Abdulla | April 10, 2015 The demand for organic food in the Middle East and North Africa is increasing, in part, prompted by ex-pat consumers. However, at present, the sector is only valued at US$110.1m compared to mature markets like the US, where organic food is worth billions. However, there is also a reliance on imports, pointing to some opinion that there is a big opportunity for International organic food manufacturers. Hannah Abdulla explores. Organic food is becoming an area of …

Genetically modified food in the UK and TTIP | openDemocracy

By Linda Kaucher | April 2, 2015 Unless we act to prevent it, we are likely to have genetically modified food on our supermarket shelves, soon. Following on from the anti-GM activism of the late 1990s and early 2000’s, it is widely believed that there is a ban on GM foods in the UK. However law changes in the EU, potential International trade law tie-ins via the upcoming Transatlantic Trade and Investment Agreement (TTIP) and the UK political climate combine to make us very vulnerable now to …

The organic way: Finland organization branches out to Mexico | Lake County News Chronicle

When Rose Welch and her husband Ronnie Cummins started the Organic Consumers Association in 1998, it was a tiny grassroots effort headquartered just north of Silver Bay, and formed mainly to pressure the federal government to keep strict organic standards. Now, the organization has seven employees in Finland, Minn., and a handful more spread across the country. Five years ago, they became International after they helped start an organic-focused nonprofit in Mexico. Welch still remembers those …

US Agencies, Gates Foundation, and Monsanto Trying to Force Unwilling African Nations to Accept Expensive and Insufficiently Tested GMO | Global Research

… assisting African nations to produce biosafety laws that promote agribusiness interests instead of protecting Africans from the potential threats of GM crops,” said Haidee Swanby from the African Centre for Biosafety, which authored the report commissioned by Friends of the Earth International. The new report also exposes how agribusiness giant Monsanto influences biosafety legislation in African countries, gains regulatory approval for its product, and clears the path for products such as GM …

Film to highlight CSG dangers prior to election | Echonetdaily

A film highlighting the invasive nature of coal seam gas will screen throughout the northern rivers and other areas in the lead-up to next month’s state election. Called Frackman, the film tells the story of accidental activist Dayne Pratzky and his struggle against the expansion of International gas companies in Queensland’s Darling Downs. Dayne embarks on a journey that transforms him from conservative pig-shooter to sophisticated global activist. Producer Simon Nasht said it was vital …