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World Watch Magazine - January/February, 2005

Washington, D.C.— Genetically modified organisms are contaminating natural crops around the world and triggering mounting economic costs as farmers lose markets and organic producers lose their certification, writes Claire Hope Cummings in “Trespass: Genetic Engineering as the Final Conquest.” Worse, consumers are eating GMOs whether they like it or not, and even GMOs not approved for human consumption have shown up in food products such as taco shells. Moreover, writes Cummings, patents awarded for the commercial use of genetic engineering technology are giving agrochemical companies ultimate control over the means and methods of food production.

Local Food: A Holiday Recipe That's Better for You, for Farmers, and for Homeland Security

Washington, D.C.—Parents, chefs, environmentalists, food business executives, and concerned consumers everywhere are demanding locally grown fare, according to a new book by the Worldwatch Institute. No longer a fad, local food will feature on more holiday tables this year than ever before, as Americans prepare meals of vegetables, fruit, meat, and other ingredients grown and raised on nearby farms, rather than from distant agribusinesses.

Hearing on Asia's Environmental Challenges: Testimony of Christopher Flavin

Washington, D.C.—Worldwatch president Christopher Flavin provided testimony on environmental challenges in Asia at a U.S. House of Representatives Committee on International Relations hearing on September 22, 2004. Flavin was invited by Representative James Leach (R-IA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific Economic Policy. Other witnesses were Ruth Greenspan Bell, Resident Scholar, Resources for the Future, Elizabeth Economy, Ph.D., Director of Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, and Mingma Sherpa, Director of Asia Programs, World Wildlife Fund. A transcript of Flavin's testimony is below.

Population Briefing

September 5-13, 2004 marks the 10th anniversary of the United Nations' historical International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt.

World Watch Magazine - September/ October 2004

Washington, D.C.―The world’s population of 6.4 billion continues to grow by more than 70 million people per year—nearly two million every five days—yet today’s population story is not only about rising numbers. According to the latest issue of World Watch magazine, it’s also a tale of too many restless young people in some parts of the world, a larger share of elderly in others, and the economic instabilities of a globalized world.

World Watch Magazine: July/August 2004

Washington, D.C.—Growing demand for meat has become a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future, write the editors of World Watch magazine in the July/August issue. Total meat consumption has increased five-fold in the past half century, putting extreme pressure on Earth’s limited resources, including water, land, feed, and fuel.

Renewables 2004 concludes successfully in Bonn

Worldwatch’s delegation left Bonn, Germany, last Friday satisfied with the results of the conference and the role the Institute played in supporting its success. The four days spent on the Rhine River in the light-filled Bundeshaus—the former home of the German parliament—left the 3,000-plus participants exhausted but energized by what had been achieved.

Hopes are High for Renewables 2004--Experts Emphasize Importance of Action, Follow-Up

Bonn, Germany— For the first time in 23 years, renewable energy has moved to center stage as ministers from around the world gather for Renewables 2004. The stakes are high as proponents of a new energy future struggle against the fossil fuel dependence that still dominates many national economies.

Hopes are High for Renewables 2004 - Experts Emphasize Importance of Action, Follow-Up

Hopes are High for Renewables 2004 - Experts Emphasize Importance of Action, Follow-Up

Worldwatch in Action: Part 3: Special Report on the International Conference for Renewable Energies (Renewables 2004)

Worldwatch in Action: Part 3: Special Report on the International Conference for Renewable Energies (Renewables 2004)
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