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Friends of the Earth’s blog is a staff-run blog that provides policy analysis, insight and commentary about the environment and other progressive issues, advances our campaigns, and builds momentum for a healthy and just world.

Genetic Modification, Pollution and Corn Ethanol

May. 19, 2010 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

The most popular herbicide in the U.S.is glysophate, which is marketed through several different agribusinesses. Glysophate is called RoundUp by Monsanto. Monsanto is among many agri-giants that have actually genetically engineered corn to be resi...

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How Does Ethanol Contribute to Global Warming?

May. 19, 2010 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

How does ethanol contribute to global warming? The yellow dots on this map are ethanol plants. They are sources of CO2 emissions, a major greenhouse gas contributing to global warming. Corn ethanol contributes to global warming through several pat...

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Guide to Biofuels: Glossary

May. 19, 2010 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

Glossary: Agrofuels another term for biofuels. Fuels made from plants. Biodiesel a blend of diesel and a fuel made from plants. Biofuels – see agrofuels. Biomass – the material used to make biofuels… in the US, the dominant ...

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Just Say "No" to Offsets

May. 18, 2010 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

After months of tedious negotiations, Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman last week introduced a draft of their cap-and-trade bill, the American Power Act. The bill pampers the country's worst industrial polluters while eliminating key component...

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European Parliament votes to regulate nanofoods

May. 12, 2010 / Posted by: IIlluminato / Categories: Blog

Novel Foods: Risk Assessment for Nano-Foods Source: European Parliament The European Union (EU) Parliament's Environment Committee voted May 4, 2010 that food produced using nanotechnology should be excluded from the EU's list of novel foods -- fo...

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Nano banned from organic in Canada

May. 12, 2010 / Posted by: IIlluminato / Categories: Blog

Canada bans nanotechnology in organics US National Organic Standards Board still needs to define “nanotechnology” Canada has banned nanotechnology in organic food production. An amendment was added to Canada’s national organic ru...

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Short Sea Shipping and the Environment

May. 11, 2010 / Posted by: KTrout / Categories: Blog

Friends of the Earth is hosting a forum on short sea shipping, or regional shipping, at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA, on May 25, 2010. The forum addresses the potential environmental drawbacks and benefits associated with short sea ship...

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The 3rd Annual International NanoActivist NGO Summit

May. 7, 2010 / Posted by: RConnors / Categories: Blog

Last week Friends of the Earth and the International Center for Technology Assessment co-hosted the 3rd Annual International NanoActivist NGO Summit in our new Washington, DC office. The conference re-convened and expanded the base of interested p...

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Biofuels Also Create Dangerous Spills

May. 6, 2010 / Posted by: CDAngelo / Categories: Blog

With the recent oil rig catastrophe and subsequent spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the biofuels industry is claiming it produces a cleaner alternative. But biofuels can produce environmentally harmful spills as well. Biofuel spills, leaks and fires h...

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