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Genetically modified mosquitoes (Oxitec) set off uproar in Florida keys PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 22:05
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Potential solution to outbreaks of dengue fever, other mosquito-borne diseases awaits FDA approval

 

Oxitec's dye-marked Oxi513A male mosquitoes ready for release in Brazil.

 

Oxitec’s dye-marked Oxi513A male mosquitoes ready for release in Brazil.

 

Courtesy Oxitec Ltd.

KEY WEST, Fla. — In late October, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Department of Agriculture tested insecticidal aerial spraying techniques over a warfare range in Jacksonville, Fla. The purpose: to evaluate how to lower populations of the blood-feeding Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits dengue fever.

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Genetically modified mosquitoes (Oxitec) set off uproar in Florida keys PDF Print E-mail
Earth News
Written by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 22:05
Jun132015

 

Potential solution to outbreaks of dengue fever, other mosquito-borne diseases awaits FDA approval

 

Oxitec's dye-marked Oxi513A male mosquitoes ready for release in Brazil.

 

Oxitec’s dye-marked Oxi513A male mosquitoes ready for release in Brazil.

 

Courtesy Oxitec Ltd.

KEY WEST, Fla. — In late October, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Department of Agriculture tested insecticidal aerial spraying techniques over a warfare range in Jacksonville, Fla. The purpose: to evaluate how to lower populations of the blood-feeding Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits dengue fever.

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Genetically modified mosquitoes (Oxitec) set off uproar in Florida keys PDF Print E-mail
Earth News
Written by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 22:05
Jun132015

 

Potential solution to outbreaks of dengue fever, other mosquito-borne diseases awaits FDA approval

 

Oxitec's dye-marked Oxi513A male mosquitoes ready for release in Brazil.

 

Oxitec’s dye-marked Oxi513A male mosquitoes ready for release in Brazil.

 

Courtesy Oxitec Ltd.

KEY WEST, Fla. — In late October, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Department of Agriculture tested insecticidal aerial spraying techniques over a warfare range in Jacksonville, Fla. The purpose: to evaluate how to lower populations of the blood-feeding Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits dengue fever.

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The U.S. Navy’s brutal new war on the Arctic PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 13 June 2015 10:55

This fishing season, the government plans to detonate thousands of pounds of toxic munitions in the Gulf of Alaska , TOMDISPATCH.COM

 

 

The U.S. Navy's brutal new war on the Arctic
This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.

I lived in Anchorage for 10 years and spent much of that time climbing in and on the spine of the state, the Alaska Range. Three times I stood atop the mountain the Athabaskans call Denali, “the great one.” During that decade, I mountaineered for more than half a year on that magnificent state’s highest peaks.  It was there that I took in my own insignificance while living amid rock and ice, sleeping atop glaciers that creaked and moaned as they slowly ground their way toward lower elevations.

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Monsanto GMOs Defeated by Oregon Organic Farmers as Federal Judge Upholds Seed Ban PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 07:02

Activists Wins at Key Stage in Court

By Steven Rosenfeld Alternet May 30 2015

 

 

A coalition of Oregon organic farmers has beaten Monsanto—the corporate agriculture giant—in a landmark federal lawsuit that will make national waves by the way that their rural county banned the use of genetically modified seeds.

On Friday, Mark D. Clarke, a federal magistrate judge, dismissed a legal challenge brought by commercial farmers who use Monsanto's genetically modified alfalfa seeds. The non-organic farms sought to overturn a 2014 ordinance passed by Jackson County voters that banned the use of such seed stock, claiming that the anti-GMO ordinance violated their right to farm.

However Judge Clarke concluded that exactly the opposite was the case. He held that the county's no-GMO seed ordinance could take effect next week, citing earlier state legislation that protected commercial farms—in this case organic farmers—from harm from other commercial enterprises, such as the commercial farms whose GMO-laced alfalfa pollen gets carried by the wind and can't be stopped from tainting organic crops.

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