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Food Politics » Drug corporations 1, Bees 0

Companies that produce neonicotinoid-based pesticides, including the German giant Bayer CropScience and Syngenta, the big Swiss biochemical company, have lobbied strenuously against the moratorium. Monsanto incorporates the chemical into some of the seeds it produces; in the United States, neonicotinoids are heavily used on the country’s huge corn crop.

Some nations in Europe already restrict use of these insecticides, but not all.

The Times quotes officials of companies that make neonicotinoid insecticides, Bayer and Syngenta.  The officials say:

The science is uncertain.

Banning them would jeopardize agricultural competitiveness.

Prices of food, feed, fiber and renewable raw materials would rise.

50,000 jobs would be lost.

via Food Politics » Drug corporations 1, Bees 0.

Congratulations to AmeriCorps Alums Daily Point of Light Honorees!

A Lifetime Of Service

dpol-acweek honoreesHappy AmeriCorps Week! From March 9th– 14th, AmeriCorps Alums is happy to be celebrating how Alums are “Made In AmeriCorps” and we’ve been sharing photos and stories from alumni on our wall on Facebook and using #MadeInAmeriCorps on Twitter and Instagram.

This week, two AmeriCorps alumni are being recognized for their exemplary service to their communities as recipients of the Daily Point of Light Award. The Daily Point of Light Award, distributed by Points of Light, was established by former President George H. W. Bush to engage individuals, families, businesses and groups to solve community problems through voluntary service. Click here to learn more about the award and how you can nominate an individual or group that inspires change through service.

Congratulations to our AmeriCorps Alums of North Texas Chapter Leader and award recipient #4971 Lisa Tatum and Serve DC Executive Director and award…

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Made to be a Champion

A Lifetime Of Service

RJ MercedeToday’s guest post comes RJ Mercede, a three-term AmeriCorps Alum, current Program  Manager at Public Allies Connecticut, and member of the leadership team for AmeriCorps Alums Connecticut.

How was I “Made in AmeriCorps” you ask?  If you count over 5,600 hours of service during three service terms in four different states, I sure hope it made an impact on me! Whether it was pulling blackberry vines in Oregon, constructing Habitat for Humanity homes in Louisiana or starting a community garden in New Haven, Connecticut, each piece of my AmeriCorps puzzle in its own way made me to be a more confident, collaborative and civic-minded leader.

As my time was ending with my third and final AmeriCorps term (obligatory shout-out to Public Allies Connecticut!), I knew that I wanted to continue “getting things done” so after I attended a service event cleaning up a…

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