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Effective Immediately: France Bans All GMO Cultivation
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Tags: Activism GMO food Monsanto take action

Heather Callaghan

Activist Post

The French National Assembly has made a sweeping declaration with a new bill, effective immediately. No more genetically modified crops.

On Tuesday, the French lower house of parliament adopted a law immediately banning cultivation of any GMO corn, due to environmental safety concerns.

Recently, they also made a halt decree to prohibit planting the only GM crop allowed in the EU – Monsanto’s MON810 corn, with built-in insect resistance.

Jean-Marie Le Guen, the minister in charge of relations with parliament, said:

It is essential today to renew a widely shared desire to maintain the French ban. This bill strengthens the decree passed last March by preventing the immediate cultivation of GMO and extending their reach to all transgenic maize varieties.

 

Farmers and seed companies are challenging the rule, as they have blocked similar decrees before, viewing safety concerns insufficient. But Le Guen bound the rule so that member state decisions could not be litigated against.

The ban heads back to the Senate for final approval – if rejected, the French National Assembly gets to cast the final ruling. Future strains will be banned even if the EU states approve more.

Of course big biotech companies are not satisfied to let bans rest. If companies like Monsanto have any say, they’ll be back. The EU actually wants to give them that final say.

Additionally, DuPont and Dow Chemical are poised to crash the EU again, if allowed. They already jointly developed Pioneer 1507 GM corn and most of the member states did not gather enough votes to block it.

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Teen Shows US Can Save $100 Million by Switching Fonts
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I imagine how it would be if ALL offices would do the same. SiNeh~

Teen Shows US Can Save $100 Million by Switching Fonts

A 14-year-old from Pittsburgh says he's found a way to save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, and his idea started as a school science fair project.

Suvir Mirchandani was still in middle school when his science fair project showed that changing the typeface on printed documents could save a lot of ink -- and, ink, it turns out, is much more expensive than paper. By following Suvir's font style recommendation, 24% less ink would be used and $20,000 per year could be saved in a single Pennsylvania school district.

Editors at the Journal of Emerging Investigators which publishes scientific papers by teenagers urged Mirchandani to go further and estimate the savings for the federal government if it switched from Times New Roman to Garamond, a similar serif typeface but more sleek and streamlined.

 

 

According to the Office of Management and Budget, the printing-related expenditure budgeted in 2014 for the federal agencies is $1.8 billion. Mirchandani's study estimates savings of $136 million per year if the U.S. Federal Government were to switch to Garamond.

 

In 2012, the General Services Administration has already estimated savings of $30 million by a switch in fonts to those that are more cost-efficient. However, the government report recommended using Times New Roman, Garamond, and Century Gothic.

The teenager's study shows a much greater savings with Garamond and a much worse outcome for the Century Gothic choice.

(WATCH the video below or READ the story at CBS News)

LEARN More about the government's response in CNN video at the bottom:

 

Japan's Whaling Harpooned by the International Court of Justice
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Tags: commercialwhaling internationalcourtjustice internationalwhalingcommission iwc japan moratorium scientificwhaling UN whaling

Japan's Whaling Harpooned by the International Court of Justice

SWITCHBOARD NRDC March 31, 2014

http://tinyurl.com/n97op5v

Today the UN International Court of Justice ruled that Japan’s whaling program in the Antarctic is illegal.

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Even after the International Whaling Commission (IWC) banned commercial whaling, Japan has continued to kill whales – and sell the meat for profit – by exploiting a loophole in the convention that allows countries to take whales “for purposes of scientific research.”  Today’s decision finds in no uncertain terms that Japan’s hunt was NOT “for purposes of scientific research” and therefore in violation of international law and the IWC’s ban on commercial whaling.

This is a huge victory for whale conservation.  The landmark ruling means that thousands of whales will no longer be slaughtered under the guise of science.  It also means that whales will once again be safe in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

In a vote of 12 to 4, the court ruled that there were several aspects of Japan’s “scientific whaling” program – which has killed thousands of whales since its inception – that cast doubt “on its characterization as a programme for purposes of scientific research.”  Those factors include the fact Japan did not consider using non-lethal methods; the scale of Japan’s program and number of whales taken; the open-ended time frame of the program; its limited scientific output to date; and the lack of cooperation between Japan and other domestic and international research programs in the Antarctic Ocean.

The court then ordered Japan to revoke all permits and “license[s] to kill” in the Antarctic and refrain from granting any new permits.  The decision is final, with no possibility of appeal.

Commendably, Japan has said that it will abide by the decision.

This is a historic ruling that will revitalize our ongoing efforts to save the whales.  There are only three countries that still kill whales for commercial purposes – Japan, Iceland, and Norway.  Today’s decision sets the legal bar that there is no place for commercial whaling in the 21st Century.  Now is the time to end commercial whaling once and for all.

Photo Credit: NOAA

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