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Rachel's Precaution Reporter #33

"Foresight and Precaution, in the News and in the World"

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Table of Contents Edition

Broad Coalition Invokes Precaution for Pesticides in Alaska
  "DEC has selectively ignored credible, peer-reviewed scientific
  evidence that these chemicals are harmful to people's health and that
  children are particularly vulnerable. They are serving the interests
  of the corporation and not fulfilling their mandate to protect public
  health." -- Pam Miller, Executive Director of Alaska Community Action
  on Toxics.
Europe: Activism Against Genetically Modified Crops Is Growing
  The Norwegian government is planning to build a cave inside a
  frozen mountain in the Arctic to store seeds from all the world's
  crops, to prevent them from becoming contaminated with genetically
  modified organisms (GMOs). The plan "reflects compelling evidence that
  conventional plants are being contaminated by transgenic ones," which
  has sparked a movement of citizens taking direct action against GMO
  crops.
Family Farmers in Sweden Strongly Oppose GMOs
  In a letter to government officials, farmers in Sweden ask why the
  precautionary principle is being ignored as genetically modified
  organisms (GMOs) make their way into European crops. They suggest
  strict conditions under which the use of GMOs might reasonably
  proceed.
Moratorium On Terminator Seed Technology Stays
  Terminator technology is a technique for sterilizing a crops's
  seeds, to prevent them from being planted year after year, thus
  forcing farmers to purchase new seed each year. If adopted, terminator
  technology would transfer control of the world's food crops from local
  farmers to corporations like Monsanto, the St. Louis chemical giant.

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