Washington​: Stop the approval of GMO apples! a repost


I’m Peter Stocker of the organization Friends of the Earth, and I started a petition to U.S. Department of Agriculture, which says:

The USDA should not approve the genetically engineered Arctic apple. 

If approved by the USDA, genetically engineered apples could end up everywhere from school lunches to grocery stores, posing risks to our health, our environment, and apple farmers across the U.S.

Unlabeled genetically engineered apples could contaminate conventional and organic foods, including fruit slices, juice, baby foods, and applesauce—products predominantly consumed by children and babies, who are at increased risk for any adverse health effects.

GMO apples may contaminate nearby organic and conventional apple orchards and could potentially cause valuable export markets to reject U.S.-grown apples, as happened in the past when wheat and rice crops were found to be contaminated by GMOs. The U.S. Apple Association, Northwest Horticultural Council, British Columbia Fruit Growers’ Association, and other apple grower groups have repeatedly stated their disapproval of these GE apples due to the negative impact they could have on farmers growing organic and non-GE apples and the apple industry as a whole.

This product is unnecessary and poses numerous risks to apple growers, the food industry, and consumers. The USDA should not approve this genetically engineered apple.

The USDA is poised to approve the first genetically modified apple. 

If approved, these genetically engineered apples could end up everywhere from school lunches to grocery stores, posing risks to our health, our environment, and apple farmers across the United States.

Like other GMOs, they won’t be labeled and won’t have undergone independent safety testing—regulators will rely on the company’s sole assessment that the apple is safe for human consumption. 

Worse yet, this GMO apple was genetically engineered via a new, virtually untested experimental technique called RNA interference, which many scientists are concerned may have negative, unintended impacts on human health and the environment.

We need your help today, right now, to tell the USDA to say no to GMO apples.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

Thanks!

–Peter Stocker

A Healthy Dose of Comics


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If you still need to get health coverage in 2015, February 15 is your last day to sign up at HealthCare.gov.

Under the Affordable Care Act, 10 million people have gotten quality, affordable health insurance. In a new series of shareable comics, one artist highlights what so many of these diverse Americans have in common.

Check out the comics here — and if any of the comics remind you of someone you know, make sure to share it with them.

Email: “Still Want to Enter?”

Yesterday, White House Video Director Adam Garber sent an email spreading the word about the 2015 White House Student Film Festival. Any K-12 U.S. student can submit a film that’s three minutes or shorter — and if the film is selected, the student might even get a chance to attend the film festival at the White House. The deadline is February 2, so submit your video today!

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The Highlights of President Obama’s Visit to India

The President and First Lady traveled to India this week, for the first time since Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sworn in last May. The United States and India are true global partners, both in strengthening economies and strong democracies. From a beautiful parade to a pledge on fighting climate change, the trip was full of important moments.

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Map: Here’s How the President’s Actions on Immigration Will Impact Your State

The President is taking steps to fix our broken immigration system. Check out our interactive map to see exactly how his actions will improve the economy in your state.

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Google Fiber is coming to Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham


GOOGLePosted: 27 Jan 2015 10:05 AM PST

It’s been nearly five years since we offered to build a fiber-optic network in one U.S. city as an experiment — and were met with overwhelming enthusiasm. Now, Google Fiber is live in Kansas City, Provo and Austin, and we’ve started to see how gigabit Internet, with speeds up to 100 times faster than today’s basic broadband, can transform cities. It can give them new platforms for economic development and new ways of using technology to improve life for their citizens. And, around the country, it seems to be catching on.Check out the Kansas City Startup Village and Provo learn-how-to-code hub DevMountain. Take a look at the work of a geneticist whose speedy connection could one day help newborns in intensive care, or how one city’s network is connecting a high school classroom to an underwater microscope so students can study oceanic life in the Pacific… from Chattanooga, Tenn. There are many more stories like this—stories about how people are using gigabit internet to spark innovation, inspire creativity, and collaborate in ways they simply couldn’t before. And we want to see even more.So, today, we’re happy to announce that Google Fiber is coming to 18 cities across four new metro areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham. We can’t wait to see what people and businesses across the Southeast U.S. do with gigabit speeds.

Bringing Google Fiber to these cities is a long-term investment. We’ve been working closely with city leaders over the past year on a joint planning process to get their communities ready for Google Fiber—and now the really hard work begins. Our next step is to work with cities to create a detailed map of where we can put our thousands of miles of fiber, using existing infrastructure such as utility poles and underground conduit, and making sure to avoid things like gas and water lines. Then a team of surveyors and engineers will hit the streets to fill in missing details. Once we’re done designing the network (which we expect to wrap up in a few months), we’ll start construction.

We’re also continuing to explore bringing fiber to five additional metro areas—Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and San Jose, and will have updates on these potential Fiber cities later this year.

Today, we aren’t the only ones talking about gigabit broadband. From the White House to main street, a chorus of new voices is standing up for speed. Just last week during the State of the Union, the President called for faster networks so that innovators and entrepreneurs can build the next big idea. New research from the Fiber to the Home Council shows gigabit networks are contributing billions of dollars in economic growth. Communities across America are demanding more speed for their own homes and businesses, and we’re going to keep doing our part to help.

Posted by Dennis Kish, Vice President, Google Fiber

For Veronika …


My niece Veronika was a freshman at the University of California Santa Barbara with a bright future.

But last May, the unthinkable happened. A deeply disturbed young man went on a rampage. He killed six people, including Veronika, and injured 13 others before turning his gun on himself.

It was a tragedy that I never could have imagined. But the young man’s parents knew something was wrong. They saw the warning signs and tried to stop him from acting on his threats. Yet the law kept them from taking action to get him the help that he needed and to protect the community. California’s law changed, but that came too late for Veronika and so many others.

It doesn’t have to be that way here in Washington.

Earlier today, legislation to create Extreme Risk Protection Orders was introduced.  Extreme Risk Protection Orders will give families and law enforcement a court hearing to temporarily remove someone’s access to firearms when there is documented evidence that they are a threat to themselves and others. These Protection Orders will empower families and police to prevent tragedies and protect Second Amendment rights by requiring a judge to review sworn evidence.

This is a smart tool that will save lives. I’m signed on to be a citizen co-sponsor. Will you join me? Sign on now to be a citizen co-sponsor of this important legislation.

There are almost always warning signs before these tragedies, just as there were in the shooting that claimed my niece’s life. Extreme Risk Protection Orders will give the people best equipped to help a chance to act. But before that can happen, I need you to take action today to make sure these Protection Orders become law.

Please join me as a citizen co-sponsor. Together, our voices can make the difference.

I’ve seen how we can make a difference that save lives when we work together. Please stand with me in supporting Extreme Risk Protection Orders and help keep the momentum for smart gun policies.

Thank you for all of your support,

Jane Weiss
Aunt of Isla Vista Shooting Victim

My niece Veronika was a freshman at the University of California Santa Barbara with a bright future.

But last May, the unthinkable happened. A deeply disturbed young man went on a rampage. He killed six people, including Veronika, and injured 13 others before turning his gun on himself.

It was a tragedy that I never could have imagined. But the young man’s parents knew something was wrong. They saw the warning signs and tried to stop him from acting on his threats. Yet the law kept them from taking action to get him the help that he needed and to protect the community. California’s law changed, but that came too late for Veronika and so many others.

It doesn’t have to be that way here in Washington.

Earlier today, legislation to create Extreme Risk Protection Orders was introduced.  Extreme Risk Protection Orders will give families and law enforcement a court hearing to temporarily remove someone’s access to firearms when there is documented evidence that they are a threat to themselves and others. These Protection Orders will empower families and police to prevent tragedies and protect Second Amendment rights by requiring a judge to review sworn evidence.

This is a smart tool that will save lives. I’m signed on to be a citizen co-sponsor. Will you join me? Sign on now to be a citizen co-sponsor of this important legislation.

There are almost always warning signs before these tragedies, just as there were in the shooting that claimed my niece’s life. Extreme Risk Protection Orders will give the people best equipped to help a chance to act. But before that can happen, I need you to take action today to make sure these Protection Orders become law.

Please join me as a citizen co-sponsor. Together, our voices can make the difference.

I’ve seen how we can make a difference that save lives when we work together. Please stand with me in supporting Extreme Risk Protection Orders and help keep the momentum for smart gun policies.

Thank you for all of your support,

Jane Weiss
Aunt of Isla Vista Shooting Victim

Too toxic for Wall Street, but not the U.S. government… Amanda Starbuck, Rainforest Action Network


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