12 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD BE EXTREMELY CONCERNED ABOUT TYSON FOODS...

Dec 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Food Tyson Foods causes serious harm to people, animals and the environment. By Ashley Schaeffer Yildiz / Rainforest Action Network   VIA ALTERNET   Tyson Foods, in its over 80 years of operation, has had a hugely negative impact on our food system. Tyson Foods profits off the cheap land and cheap labor that grease the wheels of the industrial food complex, specializing in the production of packaged “food” made with conflict palm oil and factory farmed meat. Palm oil is an ingredient in at least 36 Tyson products. Tyson Foods and its global subsidiaries are one of the world’s largest producers of chicken, beef, and pork––entirely raised and processed in industrial operations. It’s also well known for its popular “prepared foods” like Sara Lee baked apple pies which contain conflict palm oil....

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We’ve Been Sold a Lie for Two Decades About Genetically Engineered Foods...

Dec 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food Europe has been right all along to renounce GE crops. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet March against Monsanto 2014-05-24 Photo Credit: Die Grünen Kärnten/Flickr CC Editor’s note: The terms GE (genetic engineering) and GMO (genetically modified organism) are often used interchangeably, but their meanings are different. GMOs, which are produced when plant breeders select genetic traits that may also occur naturally, have been around for centuries. Common examples are seedless watermelons and modern broccoli. The subject of much recent debate are GE foods, which have only been around in recent decades and are produced by transferring genes between organisms. The resulting GE organisms—either plant-, or in the case of GE salmon, animal-based—would not otherwise occur in nature. This article is about GE foods. In 1994, a tomato known as Flavr Savr became the first...

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Court Fails to Protect Bees and Beekeepers From Toxic Pesticides...

Dec 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Pesticide-coated seeds remain unregulated by EPA as pollinator populations plummet Center for Food Safety   VIA ALTERNET December 1, 2016 bee keeper with bee colony Photo Credit: Pazargic Liviu/Shutterstock On November 21, a judge in the Northern District of California delivered a crushing blow to the nation’s beekeepers and imperiled honey bees. The judge ruled against the beekeepers and public interest advocates in a lawsuit seeking to protect honey bees and the broader environment from unregulated harms caused by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) lax policies for seeds coated with certain insecticides known to cause massive die-offs of honey bees. “It is astounding that a judge, EPA or anyone with any common sense would not regulate this type of toxic pesticide use, especially when the seed-coatings are so broadly applied and there is so much at...

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6 Ways Your Diet Can Help Combat Post-Trump Stress Disorder...

Nov 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food A healthy, balanced diet can help alleviate post-election anxiety. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet President Barack Obama toasts a glass of beer to Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband, Professor Joachim Sauer, in Krun, Germany, Sunday, June 7, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Photo Credit: President Barack Obama toasts a glass of beer to Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany (Pete Souza/WhiteHouse.gov) In her recent article, “American Women Are Suffering from Trump Traumatic Stress Disorder,” Sarah Jones, the publisher of PoliticusUSA, described the negative impact Trump’s victory has had on the gastrointestinal tracts of female voters: At first I thought it was just me. But then all of my friends told me they too were unable to stop crying and in between crying, were throwing up or so nauseated they...

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Why Are the Residents of This Small Village So Happy? They’re Managing Their Farmland as Commons...

Nov 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food Their fundamental premise is that the value of farmland lies in its contribution to food production, lasting ecosystems and human life—not financial gain. By Véronique Rioufol, Sjoerd Wartena / Levellers Press  VIA ALTERNET Senior woman with a basket of harvested vegetables against a hothouse Photo Credit: Alexander Raths/Shutterstock The following essay was published in the book Patterns of Commoning, edited by David Bollier and Silke Helfrich (Levellers Press, 2015) A feeling of joy and achievement runs through the group of ten people gathered in Robert’s kitchen. After three years of planning, they have come to celebrate: Ingrid and Fabien will soon be able to settle down and develop their farming business. The farm is theirs! In this small, pastoral village of the French Pre-Alps, establishing young farmers is an act of will. Everywhere,...

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WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WITH YOUR FOOD SCRAPS?...

Nov 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock Waste watchers By Ask Umbra®  GRIST Tweet Q. Dear Umbra, When disposing of food waste, what’s better: putting it down the garbage disposal, or disposing of it in the solid waste stream? I know my water treatment plant incinerates solids, and my waste provider landfills its waste. Which uses less energy? Jake Worcester A. Dearest Jake, This is the kind of question we face multiple times every day, but I daresay it’s especially timely this season. Soon enough, we’ll all be poised over our collective sinks, scraping forks at the ready, wondering what to do with all those turkey carcasses, potato skins, and Aunt Mildred’s leftover brussels sprouts. Garbage disposal? Garbage? Feed it all to the dog? What’s a conscientious eater to do? You probably already know this, Jake, so at the...

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MADAGASCAR DROUGHT: 330,000 PEOPLE ‘ONE STEP FROM FAMINE’, U.N. WARNS...

Nov 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE GUARDIAN Food and Agriculture Organisation says 330,000 people are on verge of ‘a food security catastrophe’ following sustained drought that has decimated crops Southern Madagascar has been hit by three successive years of drought, leaving aid agencies struggling to meet the growing need for humanitarian assistance. Photograph: Luc Genot/FAO Global development is supported by About this content Peter Lykke Lind in Antananarivo The severe drought afflicting southern Madagascar has left 330,000 people on the brink of famine, a senior UN official has warned. Three successive years of failed rains have left the island nation wrestling with crop failure and a chronic lack of food and clean drinking water, with agencies warning last month that nearly 850,000 people are experiencing “alarming” hunger levels. “Three hundred and thirty thousand are on the verge of...

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MONSANTO IS SCRAMBLING TO BURY THIS BREAKING STORY – PLEASE SHARE...

Nov 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Food Babe   I am frankly shocked this information is not making front page news right now. Monsanto will do anything to bury this story… and as of right now, it’s working. Not a single mainstream media outlet has covered this appalling new report that shows millions of people being poisoned by a chemical that does not belong in our food. This chemical is ending up in processed foods like Cheerios, Ritz Crackers, and Oreos and being consumed by humans across the world. The health of millions of people is on the line and this news must go mainstream! That’s why I’m calling on every single one of you who reads this post to share this breaking story now. The only way this injustice will be corrected is if enough of us stand up and demand that something be done to...

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The Bizarre History of How Corporate Food Industry Flooded Our Farmlands with GMOs...

Nov 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Books It’s one elaborate con job. By Linda Bonvie, Bill Bonvie / Skyhorse Publishing Photo Credit: Sandra Matic / Shutterstock The following is excerpted with permission from the forthcoming book Badditives! The 13 Most Harmful Food Additives in Your Diet—and How to Avoid Them by Linda Bonvie and Bill Bonvie (January 2017). Copyright 2017, Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. No matter what you may have heard about how completely “safe” genetically modified foods are, it is part of an elaborate con job—one designed to protect the profits of both Big Food and the biotechnology industry at the expense of your family’s health. Perhaps the best indicator of how patently false those notions are comes from those consumers whose honesty you can always depend on—animals. As Jeffrey M. Smith, executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, notes...

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THE NEW YORK TIMES CUTS THROUGH THE HYPE ON GMOS...

Nov 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   They’re likely safe to eat, but they sure haven’t lived up to their high-yield, low-pesticide promise. Tom Philpott  MOTHER JONES Eighty percent of US corn, by far our biggest crop, is genetically modified. What has that gained us? James Brey/iStock Genetically modified seeds emerged in the mid-1990s and have since conquered million of acres of US farmland. Today, upward of 80 percent of corn, soybean, and cotton acreage is planted with crops engineered to withstand herbicides or insects, as have large portions of our sugar beet and alfalfa crops. Beyond the massive marketing triumph and financial success of companies like Monsanto and Syngenta—which sell both the seeds and the related herbicides—what has the industry achieved in terms of public benefits? Have they helped farmers churn out more food per acre and reduce...

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A FOOD FOREST GROWS IN BROOKLYN...

Oct 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TAKE PART Swale aims to turn public art into public service by providing free fruits and vegetables to all. (Photo: Swaleny.org) Sarah McColl has written for Yahoo Food, Bon Appétit, and other publications. She’s based in Brooklyn, New York.   In the spring of 2010, The New York Times made a mistake that required more than a sidebar correction. “On Second Thought, Don’t Eat the Plants in the Park,” read the City Room blog headline. The story retracted earlier advice to pick the delicious day lily shoots in Central Park. It’s illegal, for starters—but there was something else.   “It’s like the old adage here,” Adrian Benepe, the city’s parks commissioner, told the paper. “If 15 people decide to go harvest day lilies to stir-fry that night, you could wipe out the entire...

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‘This Is Unimaginable’: Hurricane Matthew’s Devastation Includes Tens of Thousands of Farm Animals...

Oct 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Officials are tracking down farm animals who desperately need assistance. By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet New aerial imagery captured by the Waterkeeper Alliance is an eye-opening view of the massive clean-up North Carolina faces post Hurricane Matthew. Rising flood waters have devastated farming communities and from the air one can view entire towns engulfed in the aftermath of the storm. “This is more water than we could ever imagine,” North Carolina’s Agriculture Commissioner remarked after viewing the footage, “…crops that are flooded out, farms surrounded by water and flooded poultry houses.” In addition to the multi-million dollars in damages caused to farms, agriculture groups are reporting animal deaths in the tens of thousands. Gov. Pat McCrory has recommended the carcasses be composted. “You can do it right there on the farm, without...

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SEEDS OF CORPORATE POWER VS. FARMERS’ RIGHTS...

Oct 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Karen Hansen-Kuhn, Foreign Policy in Focus | Report (Photo: Pascal Frei; Edited: LW / TO) The consolidation of corporate power in agriculture has been in the news a lot lately, first with the proposed ChemChina-Syngenta and Dow-DuPont mergers, and now with Bayer’s proposal to purchase seed giant Monsanto. National Farmers Union president Roger Johnson testified in Congress that the proposed mergers would enable just three corporations to control 80 percent of the USseed supply (and 70 percent of the global pesticide market). The result is that farmers have fewer and fewer choices about the kinds of seeds they want to plant. The concentration of processing and distribution also limits options and further squeezes farmers at a time when prices are tumbling around the globe. This expansion of corporate control is also happening in...

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Those Burgers Aren’t Just Making Us Fat—They’re Messing With Our Immune Systems, Too...

Oct 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food New research reveals that high-fat diets can impair memory and make our immune systems attack our own bodies. By Lucy Goodchild Van Hilten / AlterNet Photo of a doctor’s hand holding a cheeseburger Photo Credit: Ocskay Mark/Shutterstock A junk food diet is clearly not healthy. Burgers widen our waistlines, raise our cholesterol levels and tighten our arteries. But scientists now think that even before it shows up as additional pounds on the scale, junk food is changing our bodies in other, surprising ways. It’s actually a form of malnutrition that could be making our immune systems attack our own bodies. In a recent study published in the Journal of Immunology, scientists at Australia’s University of New South Wales investigated a typical western diet—one that’s high in saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids....

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DECLINE OF BEES FORCED CHINA’S APPLE FARMERS TO POLLINATE BY HAND...

Oct 5, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Dave Goulson  CHINA DIALOGUE.NET The decline of wild bees in China threatens more than just its apple and pear harvests, says pollination expert Dave Goulson. About 75% of all crops require pollination by bees or other species (Image copyright: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Nepal) In the last 50 years, the global human population has nearly doubled, while the average calories consumed per person has increased by about 30%. To cope with the ever growing demand for food, more land has been brought into agricultural production, mainly by clearing forests, and farming has become much more intensive. Fertilisers, pesticides, and development of new plant varieties have allowed farmers to increase the average yield of food per hectare to increase by 130% in the same period. It is obvious that this pattern cannot...

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1 IN 5 SEAFOOD SAMPLES MISLABELED WORLDWIDE, FINDS NEW OCEANA REPORT...

Sep 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] OCEANA Oceana calls on President Obama to track all seafood from boat to plate as ocean leaders prepare to gather in DC for the Our Ocean Conference.     Amelia Vorpahl: avorpahl@oceana.org 202-467-1968, 202-476-0632 (cell) Dustin Cranor: dcranor@Oceana.org 954.348.1314 WASHINGTON – Today, Oceana released a new report detailing the global scale of seafood fraud, finding that on average, one in five of more than 25,000 samples of seafood tested worldwide was mislabeled. In the report, Oceana reviewed more than 200 published studies from 55 countries, on every continent except for Antarctica. The studies found seafood fraud present in each investigation with only one exception. The studies reviewed also found seafood mislabeling in every sector of the seafood supply chain: retail, wholesale, distribution, import/export, packaging/processing and landing. An interactive map of the global seafood...

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6.8 MILLION TEENAGERS ARE FOOD-INSECURE...

Sep 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Young adults are increasingly victims of a failing economy that is leaving them starving. By Michelle Chen    THE NATION.COM Teens from the Food Project’s Summer Program harvest melons on a farm in suburban Lincoln, Massachusetts. (Reuters / Brian Snyder) A teenager’s everyday life should be concerned with first crushes, final exams, and new friends at school, not whether they’ll get to eat today. But for some, their most vital years of youth are a time of gnawing hunger. New research by the Urban Institute reveals hidden starvation nationwide among adolescents. The interview-based study suggests that nutritional deprivation is intensifying and forcing barely mature youth into “expedited adulthood.” This is happening even when they live in otherwise stable families; the pattern suggests a new normal for teen hunger, which is apparently impacting not just socially dislocated teenagers...

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Consumers Urged to Avoid Buying Salmon to Let Depleted Fisheries Recover...

Sep 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Coastal ecosystems and wildlife are impacted by disappearing salmon. By Dr. David Suzuki / AlterNet   Raw salmon fish steak with ingredients like lemon, pepper, sea salt and dill on black board, sketched image with chalk of salmon fish with steak and fishing rod Photo Credit: Martin Gaal/Shutterstock Salmon have been swimming in Pacific Northwest waters for at least seven million years, as indicated by fossils of large saber-tooth salmon found in the area. During that time, they’ve been a key species in intricate, interconnected coastal ecosystems, bringing nitrogen and other nutrients from the ocean and up streams and rivers to spawning grounds, feeding whales, bears and eagles and fertilizing the magnificent coastal rainforests along the way. For as long as people have lived in the area, salmon have been an important food...

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10 Reasons You Should Start Foraging for Your Own Food...

Sep 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Nature is teeming with edibles. You just need to look. By Pascal Baudar / AlterNet Man holding fresh Chestnuts picked from the forest floor Photo Credit: Sam Spicer/Shutterstock In the past few years, foraging—collecting edibles in the wild—has become more popular as people have rediscovered the joy of connecting with nature and enjoying its bounty. Done properly, foraging can be a fun activity, and benefit nature too. I’m not talking about commercial foraging (which can have drawbacks), but a more fun and personal approach to the concept of eating wild food. Personally I actually like to use the term wildcrafting, instead of foraging. The difference is subtle but important: Wildcrafting is not about taking from nature, but working with it and even helping the environment. Wikipedia has an excellent definition for wildcrafting:...

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‘A Five-Alarm Threat to Our Food Supply’: Experts Describe Bayer-Monsanto Merger...

Sep 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food A scary future for farmers around the world. By Katherine Paul / AlterNet NEW YORK CITY – MAY 23 2015: environmental activists joined a global day out against Monsanto’s GMO programs & demanding that foods be labeled. Photo Credit: a katz / Shutterstock.com It’s been about a week since Monsanto and Bayer confirmed their intention to say “I do”—ample time for media, lawmakers, consumer and farmer advocacy groups, and of course the happy couple themselves, to weigh in on the pros and cons. Reactions poured in from all the usual suspects. Groups like the Farmers Union, Food & Water Watch, Friends of the Earth and others didn’t mince words when it came to condemning the deal. (Organic Consumers Association tagged it a “Marriage Made in Hell” back in May, pre-announcement, when the two mega-corporations were still...

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The Dairy Industry Is Polluting America’s Waterways—and Some Babies May Be Dying Because of It...

Sep 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Cheap dairy has hidden costs most consumers don’t know about—including fatal birth defects. By Ellicott Dandy / AlterNet   Cow milking facility and mechanized milking equipment Photo Credit: Ratthaphong Ekariyasap/Shutterstock Low global milk prices and a historic dairy glut in the United States have recently prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture to purchase $20 million worth of cheese and donate it to food banks. This is excellent news for folks who typically can’t afford cheese, but cheap dairy production—paired with lax regulations—has dire consequences for too many Americans. In efforts to cut the cost of milk production, dairy farmers cut corners on pollution prevention measures necessary to protect the quality of a different beverage: water. Large dairy factory farm operations, called concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), store their manure in large lagoons and...

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We May All Have to Cut Carbs Thanks to Climate Change...

Sep 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food Rising global temperatures will harm wheat harvests—and poor countries will be hardest hit. By Jason Best / TakePart   VIA ALTERNET Beautiful woman with fresh fragrant bread. Crispy rolls. Bread Baking. Photo Credit: SvetlanaFedoseyeva/Shutterstock It seems that as the world’s temperature heats up, more of the world may be forced to go gluten-free. Remember when climate change was commonly called “the greenhouse effect,” which seemed to suggest that at the very worst we might all end up living in a kind of perpetual summer surrounded by lush greenery? It would be a little humid, maybe, but might otherwise resemble a verdant, abundant, postindustrial Garden of Eden? Oh, those were the days. On the contrary, climate experts and agricultural scientists have long warned that climate change will likely wreak havoc on the global food...

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TIME TO DRIVE FACTORY-FARMED FOOD OFF THE MARKET...

Sep 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Time to Drive Factory-Farmed Food Off the Market By Martha Rosenberg and Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association | Op-Ed (Photo: Oikeutta eläimille; Edited: LW / TO) After a decade of exposing and demonizing Monsanto and genetically engineered foods, including an intense four-year battle to force mandatory labeling of GMOs (a battle rudely terminated in July when Congress rammed through the outrageous DARK Act), the US food movement stands at the crossroads. Should we keep badgering Monsanto’s minions in Washington for the right to know what’s in our food, a sentiment shared by the overwhelming majority of consumers? Or should we focus more on single-issue reforms, such as banning neonicotinoid bee-killing pesticides, better nutrition in schools, taxes on soda, and an end to the reckless use of antibiotics in animal feed? A growing number...

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USING BIOMIMICRY TO REDESIGN THE FOOD SYSTEM...

Sep 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Using Biomimicry to Redesign the Food System By: Arty Mangan » Bioneers Blog » Eating is our most intimate relationship with nature. Every time we take a bite of food there is an ecological, economic and social consequence. Food and all its associated activities – growing, processing, distributing, retailing, etc. – impact the environment more than any other human endeavor. Bioneers, for 27 years, has been at the forefront of promoting innovative ideas and practices for developing a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. Bioneers can trace its origins to Seeds of Change and the Native Scholars Program, which worked with indigenous farmers to help conserve traditional cultural practices and seed stocks. Later on, we designed a blueprint for a statewide healthy food system with the Dreaming New Mexico project. Today, we are proud to be hosting the Biomimicry Institute’s Global Design Challenge for Food Systems Innovation at this year’s Bioneers conference. Transforming the dominant food system will require...

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HUNGARIANS JUST DESTROYED ALL MONSANTO GMO CORN FIELDS...

Sep 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Hungary has taken a bold stand against biotech giant Monsanto and genetic modification by destroying 1000’s of acres of corn found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, according to Hungary deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar. Unlike many European Union countries, Hungary is a nation where genetically modified (GM) seeds are banned. In a similar stance against GM ingredients, Peru has also passed a 10 year ban on GM foods. “Almost 1000 acres of maize found to have been planted with genetically modified seeds have been destroyed throughout Hungary, deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar said. The GMO corn has been ploughed under, said Lajos Bognar, but pollen has not spread, he added. Unlike several other EU members, GMO seeds are banned in Hungary....

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10 States Report Crop Damage From Illegal Herbicide Use on Monsanto’s GMO Seeds...

Sep 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food Missouri has suffered the most, with damage to more than 40,000 acres of crops. By Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch tractor spraying pesticides on soy bean Photo Credit: Fotokostic/Shutterstock To the horror of farmers across America’s farm belt, hundreds of thousands of crop acres have been adversely impacted by the apparent misuse of the drift-prone herbicide dicamba on Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Xtend soybean and cotton plants. According to a recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance advisory, the EPA and state agencies have received an “unusually high” number of reports of crop damage that appear related to the illegal spraying of dicamba. A soybean plant affected by dicamba drift from a nearby field, roadside or other area where the herbicide was applied. Purdue The EPA has collected similar reports of crop damage from 10 states: Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois,...

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The World’s Biggest School Meal Program Is Keeping Local Farmers in Business...

Sep 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food Emphasizing local food under a radical policy of “zero hunger,” Brazil’s school lunch initiative helps small farmers buy the land they’ve been farming for generations. By Chris Arsenault / Yes! Magazine   VIA ALTERNET African girl eating at school Photo Credit: International Center for Tropical Agriculture At an elementary school in Brazil’s capital, students are not too concerned about who has produced their food as they bite into an afternoon snack of pineapple and watermelon. Nevertheless, they are among 45 million students benefiting from the world’s biggest universal school feeding program, whose meals are helping keep Brazil’s small farmers on their land. Family farmers and cooperatives have seen their fortunes rise as a result of the program, which guarantees them a local market and has helped to expand formal land rights nationwide. “Incomes...

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10 States Report Crop Damage From Illegal Dicamba Use on Monsanto’s GMO Seeds...

Sep 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Lorraine Chow   ECOWATCH.COM To the horror of farmers across America’s farm belt, hundreds of thousands of crop acres have been adversely impacted by the apparent misuse of the drift-prone herbicide dicamba on Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Xtend soybean and cotton plants. A soybean plant affected by dicamba drift from a nearby field, roadside or other area where the herbicide was applied. PurdueAccording to a recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance advisory, the EPA and state agencies have received an “unusually high” number of reports of crop damage that appear related to the illegal spraying of dicamba. The EPA has collected similar reports of crop damage from 10 states: Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Missouri appears to have suffered the most. According to the Southeast Missourian, the...

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President Obama Signs the Disastrous Federal GMO-Labeling Bill, Putting the Future of Organic in Danger...

Aug 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Max Goldberg (To follow my day-to-day organic food adventures, please be sure to add me on Snapchat: maxorganic) On late Friday afternoon, President Obama signed the sham Stabenow-Roberts GMO-Labeling bill (S. 764) which will allow, among many other things, companies to use QR codes instead of clear GMO labels on a food product’s packaging. This bill is so discriminatory and so poorly written that it potentially violates several amendments of the Constitution. Additionally, it puts the integrity of the organic seal in real jeopardy. What is arguably the most troubling aspect of this bill is that while almost every single organic consumer organization fought this bill, the organic industry’s leading trade organization praised the bill and lobbied for it to pass. Here are the key points to understand, in terms of analyzing the...

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6 Chemical Food Additives That Are Legal in America and Banned Abroad...

Aug 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Thanks to inaction at the FDA, Americans get, among other potential ailments, anal leakage. By Ari LeVaux / AlterNet Unhealthy food: popped wheat seeds with lots of food additive chemicals Photo Credit: Szasz-Fabian Ilka Erika/Shuttetrstock There is a long list of food additives that are legal in the U.S., despite being illegal in other countries. To be fair, just because something is banned in one country doesn’t necessarily mean that the non-banning countries have it wrong. But for the most part, the influence that the food industry exerts on the Food and Drug Administration and a confusing bureaucratic process are at the heart of the problem. The FDA curates a list of food additives that are given the designation of “generally recognized as safe,” or GRAS. The GRAS list is supposed to help...

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