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In The News – Chamber of Commons Heat Sheet

In the News:  A Report from The Chamber of Commons  April 7,2013



–  Spring 2013 Heirloom Gardener Magazine

“Regulators Discover a Hidden Viral Gene in Commercial GMO Crops – new findings in products approved as safety for past 20 years, EFSA (European Food Safety Authoriy) reports this has serious ramifications for crop biotechnology…..but ……even greater ones because if it is a viral gene it may not be safe for human consumption

“EU Freezes Approval of GM Crops to 2014” – The European Commission has decided to freeze the approval process for genetically modified food crops…..the Commissions’ prior approval of GM crops has poisoned relations with 27 EU members.  Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Luxembourg and Poland have provisions that allow them to block the cultivation of GM crops on their territory     Ground Truth website

March 31, 2013 – “ Bumper crops in India, no GE required” – “Agroecology” the best hope for feeding a hungry world. Farmers in the state of Bihar are setting yield records for rice, potatoes and wheat – without the use of genetically engineered (GE) seeds or pesticides.

March 31, 2013 – “Bees need help now! Time to up the ante” – with other options exhausted …..beekeepers are suting EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).  Bees are in trouble and they’re vital to our food system and … economy. They’re responsible for pollinating one in three bits of food we eat.

American Beekeepers cannot survive for long with the toxic environment EPA has supported.

Green Gazette – Longest-Running GMO Study Finds Tumors in Rats – This French study involved 200 rats and spanned two years.  Previously the longest study lasted just 240 days, says Michael Hansen, senior scientist at Consumers Union and an expert on GMO Research.



For a Better World: issues and challenges in fair trade – Issue 6 Spring 2013 (a free publication you can find at your Food Co-op or visit their website at  :

– Why Industrial Hemp?  Article

–  TRADE POLICY REFORM CORNER ACTION ALERT:  NAFTA has had negative and often unintended consequences for many people in North America, including farmers, workers and consumers.  Right now there’s a similar trade agreement being negotiated by 12 countries including USA, Mexico, and Canada called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) The TPP threatens to have effects similar to NAFTa but on a larger scale, threatening human rights, the environment and jobs.

From Peace House Calendar:Trans-Pacific Partnership Action

April 28 & 29


Jackson County People’s Assembly on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Just weeks prior to a new TPP negotiating round in Peru, we call on the 99% who are harmed by corporate globalization to oppose the TPP.  We will join cities and towns around the world that are holding community assemblies to discuss the problems with the TPP and the free trade model. Elizabeth Swager of Oregon Fair Trade Campaign will be down to brief community leaders on the TPP negotiations, and to strategize for a scheduled meeting with Senator Wyden’s staff the next morning.Multi-national community resistance put a freeze on the WTO. It stopped the Free Trade Area of the Americas. It can stop the TPP.  4:30 p.m. at the Grass Shack Café,  205 Fern Valley Rd., Phoenix, Oregon (Ext 24 off I-5).



Delegation to Senator Wyden’s office re the TPP

Tell Senator Wyden NOT to FAST TRACK the TPP!  Noon at his office in the Federal Courthouse, 310 West 6th St., Rm 118 in Medford.

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National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s website

– “Downstream from your Jeans” by Corrine Platt-Rikkers – GMO seeds that need forever-increasing amount of pesticides and water is costing farmers dearly.  Associated water pollution and “dead zones” discussed.



Community Rights vs. Corporate Control – April 14 4 pm at Josephine County Fairgrounds, Flower Building, A Free public event with Kai Huschke from Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

Move to Amend


FUKUSHIMA – Get Involved – Stand Together and Take Action for an End to all Things Nuclear

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Watch for next  IN THE NEWS – next Monday

Catie Faryl (541) 535-1854