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“The staff of Project Censored presents their annual compilation of the previous year’s 25 stories most overlooked by the mainstream media along with essays about censorship and its consequences. The stories include an 813% rise in hate and anti-government groups since 2008, human rights violations by the US Border Patrol, and Israeli doctors injecting Ethiopian immigrants with birth control without their consent. Other stories focus on the environment, like the effects of fracking and Monsantos GMO seeds. The writers point out misinformation and outright deception in the media, including CNN relegating factual accounts to the “opinion” section and the whitewashing of Margaret Thatcher’s career following her death in 2013, unlike Hugo Chavez, who was routinely disparaged in the coverage following his death. One essay deals with the proliferation of “Junk Food News,” in which “CNN and Fox News devoted more time to ‘Gangnam Style’ than the renewal of Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ law.” Another explains common media manipulation tactics and outlines practices to becoming a more engaged, free-thinking news consumer or even citizen journalist. Rob Williams remarks on Hollywood’s “deep and abiding role as a popular propaganda provider” via Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. An expose on working conditions in Chinese Apple factories is brutal yet essential reading. This book is evident of Project Censored’s profoundly important work in educating readers on current events and the skills needed to be a critical thinker.” -Publisher’s Weekly said about Censored 2014 (Oct.)
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“Most journalists in the United States believe the press here is free. That grand illusion only helps obscure the fact that, by and large, the US corporate press does not report what’s really going on, while tuning out, or laughing off, all those who try to do just that. Americans–now more than ever–need those outlets that do labor to report some truth. Project Censored is not just among the bravest, smartest, and most rigorous of those outlets, but the only one that’s wholly focused on those stories that the corporate press ignores, downplays, and/or distorts. This latest book is therefore a must read for anyone who cares about this country, its tottering economy, and–most important– what’s now left of its democracy.” –Mark Crispin Miller, author, professor of media ecology, New York University.
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Organic Agriculture More Efficient Than GM

Researchers at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand found that the Genetically Modified (GM) strategy used in North America crop production is limiting production and increasing pesticide use, compared with farming in countries that do not use these strategies.  This study, published in June 2013 in the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, found that European farmers are using fewer herbicides and insecticides and producing higher sustained crop yields.  The Western European farmers’ crops also proved to be more resilient to weather change. This is important because annual variations cause price speculations that can drive hundreds of millions of people into food poverty. Overall, Europe has learned to grow more food per hectare and use fewer chemicals in the process, while US reliance on biotechnology is causing it to fall behind Europe in productivity and sustainability.

The controlling of seeds in the United States through patents also prevents seed saving and restricts what farmers can use. Diversification in seed and product will be strategic for improvements in crop yields. In the US, 95% of cabbage, 91% of field maize, 94% of peas and 81% of tomato varieties cultivated in the last century have been lost.

Mounting evidence suggests that the GM industrial food system is not only failing to feed the world, but also responsible for some of the planet’s most pressing social and environmental crises. The industrial food system is directly responsible for around half of all global greenhouse gas emissions. 70-80% of the world’s food land is being used by corporate food chains that produce only 30-40% of the food that we eat.

Sources:

Jack A. Heinemann, Melanie Massaro, Dorien S. Coray, et al., “Sustainability and Innovation in Staple Crop Production in the US Midwest,” International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, June 14, 2013, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14735903.2013.806408 – .Uqdl4ygvpLU.

Colin Todhunter, “The Future is Local, the Future is Organic”, Global Research, September 26, 2013, http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-future-is-local-the-future-is-organic/5351677.

James Corbett and Vandana Shiva, “Patenting the Food Supply and the Monopolization of the Biosphere”, Global Research, October 24, 2013, http://www.globalresearch.ca/patenting-the-food-supply-and-the-monopolization-of-the-biosphere/5355452.

David Tribe, “Why Do Heinemann 2013 Use the Wrong Year to Obscure Valid Conclusions about Improved Yield Growth from GM?,” GMO Pundit, June 29 2013, http://gmopundit.blogspot.co.nz/2013/06/why-do-heinemann-2013-use-wrong-year-to.html.

Jack A. Heinemann, et al., “Author Response to GMO Pundit David Tribe,” Centre for Integrated Research in Biosafety, University of Canterbury, no date, http://www.inbi.canterbury.ac.nz/response.shtml.

Student Researcher: Amanda Baxter (Sonoma State University)
Faculty Evaluator: Elaine Wellin (Sonoma State University)

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