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Posted on March 31, 2014

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Posted on October 17, 2012

Suddenly, and without much warning, biotech companies are rushing to get gene-altered products onto the shelves of local stores.

Review by Colin Graham, of
The Ecological Risks of Engineered Crops, Jane Risseler and Margaret Mellon; The MIT Press, 1996, 128 pp.

Consumers can help puncture the inflated claims of giant agrochemical companies. The science of gene splicing has appeared rather suddenly as an arcane, sometimes hopeful, but more often threatening technology. Polls show that 80% of British Columbians would, if given the choice, avoid transgenic food.

Posted on October 17, 2012

Seed exchange ensures the survival of genetic diversity.

by David Hiatt

I first started saving seeds when I discovered that a variety of squash that I was fond of growing was no longer being offered by Stokes; fortunately, I had about 10 seeds left, so at the end of the next year I saved a fruit for seeds and have been growing it and saving seeds for some time.

Posted on October 17, 2012

The community marketplace not only provides health benefits, it also contributes to the quality of life in rural settings.

Community marketplaces and related endeavours, such as farmers' markets, seed exchanges, and simple networking, are among the best features of rural life. Indeed, such amenities also produce benefits for city dwellers, as produce is frequently brought into urban settings to be sold country style. Vancouver's Granville Island is one of the most successful of such city marketplaces.

Posted on October 15, 2012

The image of Prince Edward Island as a pastoral paradise is a thing of the past, as agricultural pesticides pollute the rivers of the Maritime province.

by Sharon Labchuk

The carefully constructed image of Prince Edward Island as a pastoral paradise was shattered this summer. Over the course of one month, nine rivers were poisoned by agricultural pesticides. Thousands of fish were found belly-up, and frogs, snakes, worms, slugs and insects were exterminated.

Posted on October 15, 2012

Author finds the concept of patented products difficult to digest.

by Liza Morris

The frequent use of such fearful terms as "Frankenstein foods" and "terminator seeds" to describe the products of the biotechnology industry is a clear sign of the public's growing concern over the proliferation of genetically modified food crops worldwide.

Posted on October 14, 2012

Declining oil supplies will lead us toward local food production for local use.

by Colin Graham

In the last issue of this journal, David Fleming analysed the double speak of the International Energy Agency, and found it is putting out a coded message to the effect that world oil supplies are running out.

Posted on October 10, 2012

Cubans made the most of the break up of the Soviet Union. Losing their source of pesticides and fertilizers, they're growing some of the cleanest produce in the world.

by Robert E. Sullivan - Earth Times News Service

The Cuban revolutionary threat is back. In an innocuous, unmarked building in the Miramar suburb of Havana technicians from Fidel Castro's communist government are training cadres from all over Latin America.

Posted on October 10, 2012

People are far ahead of the government in demanding the banning of toxics.

by Ingmar Lee

I've been a professional BC silviculture worker since 1979, and since that time I've planted more than 1,000,000 trees. I'm 40 years old, and in spite of having no history of cancer on either side of my family, I've survived three cancer surgeries so far.

Posted on October 10, 2012

by Delores Broten

What can we do with sewage sludge? This is an increasingly troublesome issue, as more towns and cities put in efficient water treatment plants to improve the quality of the water they put back into lakes, rivers and the ocean. Back on land, the result is sewage treatment plant sludge, containing valuable nutrients, the toxics of industrial society, and all our diseases. Burning sludge is a nasty pastime, which releases heavy metals and dioxins into the air, and wastes the organic material which has passed through the human digestive tract.

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