October 6, 2015 Leave a comment

At the Sustainable Ocean Summit you will hear, for the first time in one location, projections of ocean use trends, locations, opportunities, risks, and constraints for the next 50 years for each major industry sector.The “Ocean + 50” session will bring together future ocean industry scenarios and what these mean for the ocean business community, for the ocean economy overall, and for the ocean itself – focusing especially on the next 15 years, the time frame of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.Expert presentations will describe the future of shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, renewable energy, cruise tourism, marine mining and submarine cables in this first-ever comprehensive platform on the future of ocean industries.The rich and comprehensive SOS 2015 conference program convenes the global ocean business community around issues of material importance to our ocean future and our ocean economy.An increasing number of CEOs and senior industry representatives from shipping, fisheries, oil and gas, aquaculture, tourism, seabed mining, renewable energy, ports, technology, innovation, investment and other areas are signing on as speakers and participants for the SOS 2015’s unprecedented, global, multi-industry look at “Sustainable Development and Growing the Blue Economy – the Next 50 years”.

North of Scotland

October 6, 2015 Leave a comment

Its supposed to be getting over 70 mph winds and rising seas but so far it is 42 knot winds and 4 metre seas up here in Shetlands. The storm may be later.

Barilla bans animal experiments

July 7, 2015 1 comment

I have exciting news to share from the frontlines of our work with industry-leading corporations to end experiments on animals. Following discussions with PETA, Barilla—the world’s largest pasta company—has issued a comprehensive new policy banning tests on animals for its products and their ingredients.

The policy, which the company has posted on their website and will distribute to all its scientific partners, reads, in part:

At Barilla we do not test our products or raw materials on animals, nor do we fund, commission, co-author it or otherwise support it, either directly or through third parties. … We insist that our suppliers use alternatives to animal testing methods. … We are committed to publishing and sharing any new research that uses alternatives to animal testing. We will be continuously collaborating with third parties to put in place new non-animal-alternative testing methods.

Barilla—which has a robust research and development program—previously conducted a very limited number of experiments on animals to assess ingredients’ health claims on the advice of outside collaborators.

By now agreeing to ban tests on animals and pledging to work with PETA and others to develop and share non-animal testing methods, Barilla is a role model for other food and beverage companies that are still conducting tests on animals even though more humane and accurate methods are available.

Barilla joins a growing list of companies—including PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Ito En, Welch’s, Lipton, and Ocean Spray—that have worked with PETA to reduce and replace experiments on animals.

It’s easier than ever to shop cruelty-free, whether in the supermarket or for personal-care and household products. Find out which companies test on animals, download the cruelty-free shopping app, get coupons, and learn more here.

How to Stop Wasting Food – and Start Saving Money

May 22, 2015 Leave a comment

Originally posted on Monese blog:

Did you know that 7 million tonnes of food is thrown away every year by Britons alone? Almost 50% of it comes from homes, costing households on average £470 a year, or £700 a year for a family with children. That’s nearly £60 a month that could be spent freely elsewhere. We’ve put together a few tips to help you waste less food and get back that cash you’ve been throwing in the bin.

1. Get realistic

There are two main reasons people throw away good food: preparing too much and not eating it in time. Sounds familiar? To see how well you and your family are doing, keep a waste log for a week and you will quickly understand if you’re overestimating your family’s eating habits. This helps you get realistic about whether you actually need to buy that extra loaf of bread and that extra carton of milk “just in case”.

2. Plan meals

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march against monsanto!

May 22, 2015 Leave a comment

Originally posted on The Root Of It All:


Hundreds of Protest Happening Around the World
Saturday, May 23, 2015

Portland, Maine – Congress Street Park @ 2:00 pm
March for Food Freedom and Pollinator “Die-In”
Find a protest near you!

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May 22, 2015 Leave a comment

Originally posted on someone somewhere:

Those claims that Monsanto made – that glyphosate was harmless to humans – well, the company is about to pay for that ‘false advertising’ in the form of a class action lawsuit put forth by the offices of T. Matthew Phillips in Los Angeles, California.

In the lawsuit filed in California, Monsanto is accused of:

The deliberate falsification to conceal the fact that glyphosate is harmful to humans and animals.

The class action lawsuit (Case No: BC 578 942) was filed in Los Angeles County, California against biotechnology giant Monsanto. It alleges that Monsanto is guilty of false advertising by claiming that glyphosate, the active ingredient in their best-selling herbicide, Roundup, “targets an enzyme only found in plants and not in humans or animals.” You can see this statement marked clearly on some of Monsanto’s products sold in the state.

 Major Lawsuit Targets Monsanto for Selling Cancer-Linked Herbicide

The lawsuit attests that the enzyme in question, EPSP synthase, is found…

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Protesters Block Entrance To Monsanto’s Woodland Facility

May 22, 2015 Leave a comment

Originally posted on CBS Sacramento:

WOODLAND (CBS13) – Environmental advocates are risking arrest by blocking the entrance to Monsanto’s Woodland facility Thursday morning.

There are dozens of protesters at facility, some holding signs and banners.  They plan on blocking the entrance to when the employees show up for work.

The protest is part of anti-Monsanto action in locations worldwide Thursday.

Activists take exception with Monsanto’s work in genetically modified food.

“I am out here to try and stop Monsanto’s operations, at least for today,” said protester Mindy Donham. “One day can make a difference in making people aware there is a problem.”

RELATED: Honeybee Researchers Search For Answers On Bee Colony Collapse

Monsanto released a statement Thursday morning, noting they are proud of their work with farmers.

“Our goal is to help farmers do this in a more sustainable way using fewer resources and having a smaller impact on the environment.  We know people have…

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