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Type : factsheet Date : April 2011

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Greenwashing Genetically Engineered Crops

Published on April 29, 2011 - Fact Sheets: The biotechnology industry often touts the environmental sustainability of genetically engineered (GE) crops. The industry claims that GE crops can reduce herbicide use, increase yields to feed a hungry planet, and develop new crops adapted to climate change.

The Nuclear Accident in Japan: Impacts on Fish

Published on April 18, 2011 - Fact Sheets: When an earthquake and subsequent tsunami devastated Japan’s northeastern coast on March 11, 2011, a nuclear crisis began unfolding at the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi plant. The Japanese government estimates it could be several months before the cooling systems, damaged by the natural disasters, are fully functional. In an effort to thwart a nuclear meltdown at the plant while the cooling system is damaged, hundreds of tons of water has been sprayed into four of the six reactors to cool fuel rods and spent fuel. The radioactive water is pooling in various locations around the plant, inhibiting work to bring the damaged cooling systems back into operation.

The Farm Bill: Federal Policy that Affects the Bay Area

Published on April 17, 2011 - Fact Sheets: Every five years, Congress passe a Farm Bill that determines how hundreds of millions of dollars will be spent by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We need good food policy so that everyone has access to healthy food and family farmers can make a living.

The Nuclear Accident in Japan: Impacts on Food

Published on April 14, 2011 - Fact Sheets: The full impact of the Japanese nuclear crisis remains to be seen, but the health risks posed by radioactive contamination are well documented. In 2006, the National Academies of Science issued a definitive report on radiation exposure that concluded that even low levels of radiation can cause human health problems, including cancer, heart disease, or immune disorders. Children are especially susceptible to the impact of foodborne exposure to radioactive materials, making safeguards of food and water particularly critical.
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