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The Criminalization of Pot Killed My Best Friend (and Ruined My Life)

(79) Comments | Posted September 21, 2010 | 4:23 AM

Some days I wonder if my best friend is the lucky one. He's dead. Since he -- I'll call him George* -- died, I quit my corporate job that I hated, became a full-time freelance writer, and published my first book. I've traveled all over North America. I've fallen in...

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The Sloppy Science "Proving" Frankenfish Are Safe

(61) Comments | Posted September 14, 2010 | 5:34 PM

Try this recipe for your next dinner party: Begin with eggs from a genetically engineered (GE) female Atlantic salmon with DNA from both Chinook salmon and Ocean Pout (an eel-like fish). Add irradiated sperm from an Arctic Char (a different fish species), mix, and put under pressure to produce a...

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US Senate, Bill Gates Give Planet a Middle Finger for Earth Day

(51) Comments | Posted April 22, 2010 | 8:02 PM

A broad coalition including Bill Gates, Tim Geithner, the US State Department, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the World Bank, and others have a plan to help the world's hungry by working in opposition to the recommendations of scientists worldwide, including the findings of a report commissioned by the World...

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Don't Punish Small Farms for the Crimes of Big Business

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2010 | 2:50 PM

Next week, the Senate is set to vote on historic food safety legislation. The House has already passed a bill, so this Senate vote will mark one of the last steps before Obama signs food safety reform into law. As we've experienced food safety outbreaks from one food after another...

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Lousy School Lunch Bill, One Step Closer to Passage

(48) Comments | Posted March 25, 2010 | 4:12 PM

Why do Democrats put their least loyal Senator in charge of one of their highest profile issues? Michelle Obama started her government-wide "Let's Move" program to improve children's health and nutrition, but Blanche Lincoln's the author of the Senate child nutrition bill that just passed out of the Senate Agriculture...

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Sewage Sludge Compost: The Sludge Hits the Fan in San Francisco

(54) Comments | Posted March 5, 2010 | 6:14 PM

When San Francisco, one of the greenest cities in America, offered its residents free compost, many were excited to take it. Few of the gardeners who lined up to receive the free compost at events like last September's Big Blue Bucket Eco-Fair suspected that the 20 tons of free bags...

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