Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March 21, 2017: Wild Salmon Allies: Tribes and Others Resist FDA's Approval of GE Salmon

Wild salmon, an ecological keystone species in the Northwest, have played a central role in tribal life for generations. The quiet approval of genetically engineered salmon by the Food and Drug Administration doesn't sit well with tribes and fishing communities across the nation, who are rallying behind a lawsuit against the FDA which is making its way through the courts. In the Pacific Northwest, Coast Salish tribes and community allies held a wild-salmon cook out to bring attention to the issue, which they say is about food sovereignty and honoring of treaty rights. Martha Baskin has the story.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March 7, 2017: Mooo! 284 Acres of Prime Organic Farmland Saved From Development

Organic farm and pasture land is as scarce as hens' teeth in some parts of the country. In Washington state it's no different, which is why a recent purchase of 284 acres of prime organic farmland was cause for celebration. Not just by the land trust that bought it and saved it from conversion into 59 estate homes, but by an organic dairy who's now on the high road to expansion. From the foothills of Mt. Rainier in Pierce County, Washington, Martha Baskin brings us the story.

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