The World Bank finances huge oil palm plantations in Honduras
For three years now, brutal murders have shocked Honduras’ Bajo Aguan region.
88 small-scale farmers, labor activists and lawyers have been killed because they were trying to reclaim land from Grupo Dinant, a notorious palm oil company. Dinant had stolen the farmers’ land in order to establish palm oil plantations.
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Fast-growing genetically-modified salmon are engineered to produce growth hormones for their entire life. People who eat this fish will eat this modified DNA, along with these growth hormones.
In spite of overwhelming opposition by citizens and public interest groups to genetically engineered (GE) food, including 400,000 public comments opposing GE salmon, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on December 26, 2012 that it is prepared to give this transgenically-engineered salmon final approval.
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The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network has requested phone calls and email to the following two council members (who are supporting this sale), and to Kwame Kenyatta and council member JoAnne Waston (who are calling for a public hearing). The DBCFSN is asking for an environmental impact study around the proposed idea and a delay on considering this deal until after pending Urban Agriculture Ordinance is passed.
COUNCIL MEMBER SAUNTEEL JENKINS
(313) 224-4248 (office)
councilmemberjenkins [at] detroitmi [dot] gov
Urgent Action - Campesinos men vanished and women & children locked up in right to land struggle in Honduras
Thirty-four people, including children and pregnant women, have been arrested and twenty-five more have gone missing in the heart of the land struggle in Bajo Aguán. The Permanent International Human Rights Observatory of Bajo Aguán put out an urgent request for international support on September 10, specifically asking for our help through calls and emails to the Honduran military, police, and government. They are also asking for on-the-ground accompaniment from international human rights observers.
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After five years lifting heavy boxes every day in the warehouse my body aches. I am 31. Walking is difficult, lifting my son is nearly impossible, and I frequently have very painful back spasms. I finally left my job at the warehouse after I seriously hurt my back.