Tuesday, June 14, 2016

June 14, 2016: The Great Salish Sea: Double Jeopardy - Endangered Orcas and Endangered Salmon

A long time ago there were thousands of orcas, as legend has it, with salmon and herring spawning by the millions. Today southern resident whales who migrate through the Salish Sea and up and down the west coast foraging for salmon number just 83. A recent baby boom offers some hope but diminishing runs of salmon and a toxic stew of pollution and noise point to ongoing challenges. Martha Baskin has our story.

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Friday, June 3, 2016

June 3, 2016: Cooking up a 'Farm-to-Table' Storm at Little Tables All over the City

The term "farm-to-table" is best known as a culinary experience at a high end restaurant. But what about the little tables, the ones at pre-schools and in particular those serving kids from families who can't always afford organic food? The city of Seattle is making a dent in this "farm-to-table" program. One of its preschools is not only sourcing locally grown food with an up and coming organic distributor but has hired a chef to cook meals on site. The smells are, well -- come along. Martha Baskin has the story.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May 17, 2016: Divest the Rest! Climate Justice Campaigners Thank Gates Foundation - With a Caveat

There was a small victory in the divestment movement this week. After a year of public pressure, the Gates Divest campaign learned that the Gates Foundation had quietly sold millions of fossil fuel stock. The foundation didn't make it public. So the divest campaign decided to do it for them. Martha Baskin has our story from Seattle.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

April 5, 2016: Nature Unbound: Restoration on the banks of the Snoqualmie River

One of the most important rivers in the fertile Snoqualmie Valley east of Seattle is the Snoqualmie River. Once upon a time the river boasted record salmon runs for the Snoqualmie and Native American tribes who first lived here. But climate change and population growth have negatively impacted the river's ability to be sustainable. Today restoration is underway along its banks to ensure it's healthy for salmon, farmland, and generations to come.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

March 16, 2016: Bee-Friendly: Bee Lovers Unite to Protect a Species at Risk

With bees of all species at risk, bee-lovers, gardeners, and farmers are uniting to create bee-friendly strategies. In the mix are pesticide-free pollinator power patches and unique housing projects, designed to protect the insects who pollinate one out of three bites of food we eat. To follow the buzz, Martha Baskin brings us to urban farms and gardens and catches up with an entomologist and the Xerces Society, whose mission is to prevent all invertebrates from extinction.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

February 23, 2016: From Australia to Iowa to Uganda by Way of Seattle: Human Feeding Trials of GMO Bananas Raise Concerns

You may wonder what protestors clad in banana costumes have to do with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. But then you might not be up on a multi-continental GMO banana experiment funded by the foundation whose stated goal is to reduce Vitamin A deficiency in Uganda. Human feeding trials of the banana are slated to begin at Iowa State University shortly. The FDA doesn't require any clinical trials for genetically modified food stuffs, they generally go straight to market. But scientists developing the GM banana want to see just how effectively the human body derives the vitamin from their banana and human feeding trials are slated to begin at Iowa State University sometime this year. The issue is stirring controversy. Last week, 57,000 petition signatures were delivered to the Gates Foundation in simultaneous demonstrations in Seattle and Ames, Iowa. Martha Baskin has our story.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

February 11, 2016: Blue Herons, Oil Sheens, and Polluted Urban Waters: Puget Sound's Biggest Water Quality Challenge

Water bodies across the nation are under steady assault from legacy pollutants, petroleum products, stormwater runoff, and contaminants of all kinds. In this feature we take a tour of waterways in Seattle with the Puget Soundkeeper, a member of the global water keeper alliance, a grassroots movement devoted to protecting specific watersheds. Decades after the Clean Water Act was passed, you may be surprised at some of the pollutants the Soundkeeper finds and the challenges in preserving water bodies for wildlife and future generations.

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