Thursday, September 11, 2014

September 11, 2014: First Nations & Allies Launch Alliance to Protect Coastal Waters from Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipeline

Proposals to triple the volume of tar sands production in Canada have sparked a new alliance of First Nations and Northwest tribes to stop it. Led by the Coast Salish Tseil-Waututh nation of British Columbia, the alliance urges environmental and faith allies to take "unprecedented, unified action" to protect and restore coastal waters and lands from fossil fuel expansion. Martha Baskin attended the opening ceremony of the historic launch.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September 2, 2014: The Pollinator's Quest: The Search for Forage & Habitat

Bees, as most people know, are under threat, disappearing, or in decline. A group of beekeepers in Washington state are pointing to another factor that may be impacting their health – the lack of sufficient forage or food in sometimes barren urban landscapes, agricultural fields, and along highways and wetlands. Green Acre Radio's Martha Baskin has the story.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

July 31, 2014: Protestors Stall Oil Train for Hours in Anacortes, WA

A train attempting to leave a Tesoro oil train facility in Anacortes, Washington this week was stopped in its tracks when three residents of the coastal town and Seattle locked their bodies to barrels full of concrete, sat on the tracks and refused to move. Martha Baskin has the story.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

July 24, 2014: Who Feeds Us Matters: Fishers and Farmers Taking Back Control of the Food Supply

Fish and how they're caught aren't always included in the 'alternative food movement.' But in some communities, "community supported fisheries" or CSF's are catching on. Similar to "community supported agriculture," or CSA's, the goal is to reclaim local sovereignty and food justice. Martha Baskin, interviewing Niaz Dorry, has our story.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

July 18, 2014: Wild Caught Cod Sizzling on the (Hospital) Grill: Making a Dent in Healthcare and Healthy Oceans

You might think locally sourced, omega-rich seafood would be a no-brainer for hospitals concerned about the health of their patients. But wild caught fisheries and the local healthy food movement have been slow to catch on in healthcare. There are notable exceptions, like Seattle's Virginia Mason Hospital. In this story we visit the hospital's kitchen, where mouth-watering good and sustainable seafood is available every day of the week.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

June 16, 2014: Cruising for Carbon's Impact on the High Seas: Critters who Supply Half the World's Oxygen at Risk

The US west coast is a living laboratory for studying the effects of chemical changes in the ocean brought on by increased atmospheric carbon dioxide. On a recent month-long 'ocean acidification cruise' supported by the National Science Foundation, scientists found impacts to organisms at the foundation of the food web, phytoplankton, who also supply half the world's oxygen. The findings have yet to be analyzed in the lab but were the first ever to be conducted in the high seas.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

May 30, 2014: A Little Wild Space for Community and Growing Food for the Record Numbers Going Without

The urban wave of growing food shows no signs of cresting. Seattle is no different. Community farms, p-patches, and guerrilla gardens are sprouting as fast as high rises to accommodate more and more people moving to the area. But with the growth comes increased inequality and a sharp rise in those relying on food banks. Can urban farms grow food for all? We explore the issue with a visit to Seattle Community Farm and a local food bank. Come along!

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