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Minnesotans vs. McDonald’s Toxic Taters
EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 May 2014

McDonald’s french fries are suspected of killing farm animals and poisoning wildlife and Minnesotans, including students and farmers.

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‘Extreme Levels’ of Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide Found in Soy Plants
EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Apr 2014

The study, coming out in June’s [2014] issue of Food Chemistry and available online, looked at 31 different soybean plants on Iowa farms and compared the accumulation of pesticides and herbicides on plants in three categories.

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Shocking Court Documents Expose SeaWorld’s Continued Cruelty of Orca Whales
EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Apr 2014

SeaWorld has faced intense criticism since the release of Blackfish, a documentary telling the story of orca whales kept in captivity at SeaWorld theme parks. Now court documents reveal that SeaWorld is pumping these marine animals full of psychotropic drugs.

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15 Plants to Help Save Bees
EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Apr 2014

With spring upon us, it’s a perfect time to think about what we can plant to help save the bees. Here’s a list of 15 plants to consider if you’d like to help.

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Report Exposes Products Driving International Killing and Trade of Whales
Whale and Dolphin Conservation, EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Mar 2014

Whale and Dolphin Conservation released a new report [23 Mar 2014] which highlights the global scale of killing and trade in whales in the twenty-first century. WDC demonstrates that consumption of whale and dolphin meat and by-products is not confined to just a few nations, as many believe.

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World’s First Battery-Powered Bus Transports 135,000 Passengers in 10 Days
Brandon Baker, EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Mar 2014

Electric buses have been rolled out at trade shows in recent years, but a suburb of São Paulo, Brazil began picking up riders earlier this month in what officials say is the world’s first battery-powered public transit bus.

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3 Years after Fukushima: How Survivors’ Mental Health Continues Deteriorating
Brandon Baker, EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Mar 2014

“After the Chernobyl disaster children were diagnosed many years later,” she told the BBC. “My boys may be fine now, but if there is any risk I need to find out as soon as possible.” She’s not comfortable relying on the government for information. Just two weeks ago, Japanese officials announced plans to restart reactors that were closed after the incident, calling nuclear energy a “vital source” of power.

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Yellowstone Announces End to 2014 Bison Slaughter Following One-Man Blockade
Buffalo Field Campaign, EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Mar 2014

Comfrey’s action demonstrated strong public opposition to the buffalo slaughter. The day following Jacob’s blockade, Yellowstone National Park issued their only press release for this year’s controversial bison operations, announcing that Yellowstone had no further plans to capture this season. “My action raised enough public awareness that Yellowstone announced a cease to their operations the following day,” Jacobs said.

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GMOs: Ban Them or Label Them?
Ronnie Cummins, EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Mar 2014

Since the controversial introduction in the mid-nineties of genetically engineered (GE) food and crops, and the subsequent fast-tracking of those crops by the federal government—with no independent safety-testing or labeling required—there has been a lively debate among activists, both inside and outside the U.S., about how to drive these unhealthy and environmentally destructive “Frankenfoods” off the market.

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Why You Should Eat Fermented Foods
Delia Quigley, EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Mar 2014

Every culture in the world has some form of fermented foods they eat with meals to aid in digestion. It isn’t necessary to eat very much, just enough to provide the proper enzymes to help break down food and make the nutrients available for absorption in the small intestine.

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Vegan Myths Debunked
EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Mar 2014

You’ve heard it all before: Vegans are so pasty and unhealthy—they certainly can’t be getting enough protein! And you have to have pockets full of cash to even think about going vegan. Right? Wrong. This infographic explains.

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400 Youths Arrested at White House Protesting Keystone XL Pipeline
EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Mar 2014

2 Mar 2014 – Today more than 1,200 youths from across the country marched to the White House to protest the Keystone XL pipeline. 400 youths were arrested while participating in a nonviolent civil disobedience sit-in, the largest youth act of civil disobedience at the White House in a generation.

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Monsanto’s Roundup Found in 75% of Air and Rain Samples
John Deike, EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Mar 2014

A new U.S. Geological Survey has concluded that pesticides can be found in, well, just about anything.

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How the GDP Measures Everything ‘Except That Which Makes Life Worthwhile’
Dr. David Suzuki, EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Mar 2014

“Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country. It measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.” —Robert F. Kennedy.

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Exxon CEO Joins Lawsuit against Fracking Project Because It Will Devalue His $5 Million Property
Rebecca Leber, EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Feb 2014

As Exxon Mobil’s CEO, it’s Rex Tillerson’s job to promote the hydraulic fracturing and fight regulatory oversight. Yet he has joined a lawsuit that cites fracking’s consequences in order to block the construction of a 160-foot water tower next to his and his wife’s Texas home.

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Humane Society Uncovers Unconscionable Animal Cruelty in Kentucky
John Deike, EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Feb 2014

The object of posting this undercover exposé isn’t about shock value or sensationalizing an activist cause; rather, it has been published to convey a sad and simple truth—unspeakable animal cruelty heavily permeates America’s food industry.

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Despite Majority Opposition, GMO Corn Gets Green Light in Europe
John Deike, EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Feb 2014

On Feb. 11, 2014 the European Commission gave DuPont Pioneer the green light to freely grow insecticidal corn, also known as TC1507. Nineteen of the European Union’s 28 states voted against the cultivation and openly criticized the commission.

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Will Thorium Save Us from Climate Change?
Dr. David Suzuki, EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Feb 2014

If the choice is between keeping nuclear power running or replacing them with coal-fired power plants, the nuclear option is best for the climate. But, for now, investing in renewable energy and smart-grid technologies is a faster, more cost-effective and safer option than building new nuclear facilities, regardless of type.

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50 Reasons We Should Fear the Worst from Fukushima
Harvey Wasserman, EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Feb 2014

Fukushima’s missing melted cores and radioactive gushers continue to fester in secret. Japan’s harsh dictatorial censorship has been matched by a global corporate media blackout aimed—successfully—at keeping Fukushima out of the public eye. But that doesn’t keep the actual radiation out of our ecosystem, our markets … or our bodies.

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World’s Poorest Suffer from Radioactive Sickness as Areva Mines for Uranium
Brandon Baker, EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jan 2014

More than 60 percent of Niger’s population lives on less than $1 per day, and even more have no electricity. Still, French company Areva keeps contaminating those residents and their environment while mining away for uranium—one of the few resources the world’s poorest country still has.

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6 Crimes against Nature Perpetrated by the Food Industry
Martha Rosenberg, EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Dec 2013

Treating animals like heads of lettuce—“forget it’s an animal” says one farming magazine—has created institutionalized ruthlessness toward animals, workers and the environment, harming humans who eat the products thanks to meat-related obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer, and greedy, short-sighted land-use policies.

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Japan’s New ‘Fukushima Fascism’
Harvey Wasserman, EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Dec 2013

The site has been infiltrated by organized crime. There are horrifying signs of ecological disaster in the Pacific and human health impacts in the U.S. But within Japan, a new State Secrets Act makes such talk punishable by up to ten years in prison.

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Attempts to Silence Environmentalists Continue
Dr. David Suzuki, EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2013

A recent report by human rights organization Global Witness documents the murders of more than 700 environmental and indigenous-rights activists over the past decade—more than one killing a week, on average. They reviewed databases, academic studies and news reports, and consulted with the UN and other international agencies.

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Chevron Sues Rainforest Communities It Contaminated
Kevin Koenig, EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Oct 2013

The implications of Chevron’s tactics are immense and should send shivers down the spine of anyone concerned about justice, human rights, the environment or corporate responsibility. The U.S. oil giant has taken “blame the victim” to a new extreme in its attempt to avoid the $19 billion guilty verdict handed down by an Ecuadorian court in February 2012.

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Halliburton Destroying Gulf Spill Evidence a ‘Misdemeanor’
EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jul 2013

This charge – knowingly destroying evidence during a government investigation in an attempt to cover up the cause of 11 human deaths and one of the largest disasters in the country’s history – is considered a ‘misdemeanor’ charge. Halliburton is required to pay a $200,000 fine.”

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Energy Efficient Process Discovered to Turn Seawater into Freshwater
Nathan August, EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jul 2013

The new method – electrochemically mediated seawater desalination – uses no membranes, is considerably simpler than conventional methods, and is so low-energy that it can be performed with the energy provided by store-bought batteries.

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Worldwide Honey Bee Collapse: A Lesson in Ecology
Rex Weyler, EcoWatch - Greenpeace, 17 Jun 2013

Scientists know that bees are dying from a variety of factors—pesticides, drought, habitat destruction, nutrition deficit, air pollution, global warming and so forth. The causes of collapse merge and synergize, but we know that humanity is the perpetrator, and that the two most prominent causes appear to be pesticides and habitat loss.

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Monsanto: A Corporate Profile Sheds Light on GE Seed Giant’s Dark History
EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Apr 2013

From its beginnings as a small chemical company in 1901, Monsanto has grown into the largest biotechnology seed company in the world with net sales of $11.8 billion, 404 facilities in 66 countries across six continents and products grown on more than 282 million acres worldwide. Today, the consumer advocacy nonprofit Food & Water Watch released its report, Monsanto: A Corporate Profile

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Citizens to Monsanto: ‘Get Out of Hawaii’
EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jul 2012

Monsanto operates about 8,000 acres in Hawaii for GE seed production. According to organizers, these operations use the most valuable agricultural lands and water in food production, as well as large amounts of chemicals and pesticides that are required to grow these crops. Hawaii is a global center for the open-air field testing of experimental GE crops, but no impact studies have been conducted.

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