|Supporters say new lab needed for Lyme disease, other tests|
Kennebec Journal - 9/30/2014. By Keith Edwards - Question 2 on the Nov. 4 ballot asks voters to approve an $8 million bond to build an Animal and Plant Disease and Insect Control laboratory administered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
|Gov. Brown signs bill banning commercial production of genetically modified salmon|
The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.) - 9/29/2014. By Derek Moore - Gov. Jerry Brown signed a North Coast lawmaker’s bill banning the commercial production of genetically altered salmon. AB 504, authored by Assemblyman Wes Chesbro, D-Arcata, extends the prohibition of spawning or cultivating so-called “transgenic salmonids” in the Pacific Ocean to all waters of the state. The hatchery production and stocking of such fish also is prohibited.
|Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF|
The Guardian [UK] - 9/29/2014. By Damian Carrington - The number of wild animals on Earth has halved in the past 40 years, according to a new analysis. Creatures across land, rivers and the seas are being decimated as humans kill them for food in unsustainable numbers, while polluting or destroying their habitats, the research by scientists at WWF and the Zoological Society of London found.
|Is 2014 the "Tipping Point" for the GMO Labeling Movement?|
Mother Jones - 9/29/2014. By Josh Harkinson - Is this the year that voters will finally insist on knowing which supermarket foods contain genetically modified organisms? Activists in Oregon say the momentum is on their side for a GMO labeling initiative on the November ballot. "The electorate in Oregon has a greater awareness of this issue than in other states," says Sandeep Kaushik, a spokesman for Yes On 92, as the initiative is known. "We are approaching a tipping point."