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The President of Iceland is right: Ban pineapple pizza. 22.2.2017 TreeHugger
This is a silly post, about a silly bit of news, but is a reminder that we really should think about what we eat.
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The Veterinary Cooperative Helps Independent Veterinarians Thrive 19.2.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Though the freedom of owning a small business can be exhilarating, going at it alone can be a tough ride. Operating costs can be higher for independent veterinary practices and hospitals (thanks to pricey equipment, medicine, and supplies) compared to large veterinary hospital chains, which can access discounts through bulk purchasing. So when veterinarians Ronald Anders, Donald Holst, Amir Shanan, and veterinarian practice business owner Scott Carlin founded The Veterinary Cooperative (TVC) in 2012, they hired co-op consultant Rich Morris to get it off the ground. Headquartered in Evanston, Illinois, TVC is the only veterinary co-op operating throughout the U.S. today. It has 1,500 members located in 49 states, as well as in Puerto Rico. Shareable spoke with TVC Vice President Allison Morris to find out more about how her organization is helping its members thrive.  Why is there a need for a veterinary co-op? Corporate organizations have a lot of great things going for them. They have centralized ...
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#NotOurLaborSec: Fast Food Workers Protest Puzder at Corporate Offices and Chains Nationwide 14.2.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

For the third time since anti-worker fast food CEO Andy Puzder's nomination for Labor Secretary was announced, fast food workers are flooding the streets in protest.

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With Big Ag Giveaways In the Works, Sessions Urged to Reject Mega-Mergers 14.2.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Big Ag could score some big wins under newly confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, roughly 325 food and farm groups warned on Monday, urging Sessions to reject agricultural mega-mergers that would put corporate interests above public health, small farmers, and the environment. 

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Over 300 Food and Farm Groups Urge Jeff Sessions to Oppose Agricultural Mega-Mergers 13.2.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire
Food and Farm Groups

Nearly 325 farming, beekeeping, farmworker, religious, food safety, and conservation advocacy groups today urged the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct a thorough investigation into the proposed mergers of the world’s largest agrochemical and seed companies. Groups urged Jeff Sessions, the new Attorney General, to enjoin the mergers of Dow Chemical with DuPont, Monsanto with Bayer AG, and Syngenta with ChemChina on the grounds that they will drive up food and farming costs, threaten global food security, curtail innovation, threaten the health of farmworkers, and limit farmer choice.

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Engaging the C-suite to reach global goals 13.2.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Novozymes and Unilever are among companies embedding the U.N. SDGs into their business practice. Here are their strategies.
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3 circular principles for healthy agriculture 11.2.2017 GreenBiz.com
Agriculture contributes to a quarter of the climate crisis. Here is how to replenish the soil, nature’s regenerative capital.
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Days Before Confirmation Hearing, Fight for $15 to Flood Hardee’s, Carl’s Jr. Restaurants Nationwide Declaring Trump Labor Nominee Unfit to Serve 9.2.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire

Days before a U.S. Senate committee hearing, the working Americans in the Fight for $15 movement will Monday escalate its opposition to Andy Puzder’s nomination as labor secretary with its most militant and disruptive protests yet against President Trump’s pick.

 

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The blockchain's emerging role in sustainability 6.2.2017 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
The following article is excerpted from our State of Green Business (SOGB) 2017 report. Published by GreenBiz in partnership with Trucost, it provides a global view of the year's trends in sustainable business.The report is free to download here.
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Three Life-or-Death Reasons Why Climate, Food, and Native American Activists Need to Keep Working Together 1.2.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Ronnie Cummins

On Tuesday,  January 24, Donald Trump signed presidential memorandums to revive the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines—two major dirty oil and fracking pipelines halted by the Obama administration after massive resistance from indigenous, climate and other public interest groups, including food activists.

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Over 100 Food and Farm Groups Oppose Puzder for Labor Secretary 30.1.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire
Over 100 Food and Farm Groups Oppose Puzder for Labor Secretary
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Cultivating a regenerative food system 28.1.2017 GreenBiz.com
Four agricultural strategies that could help save Europe's agriculture and generate 320 billion Euro.
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Trump’s Pick for Ag Secretary Has ‘Bigly’ Ties to Big Ag and Big Food 27.1.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Katherine Paul

In announcing his pick last week for Secretary of Agriculture, Trump heaped predictable praise on Sonny Perdue, promising that the former governor of Georgia will “deliver big results for all Americans who earn their living off the land."

We predict that Perdue will indeed deliver “big” results—but he’ll deliver them to his friends in Big Food and Big Ag, not to America’s rural farmers, and surely not to America’s consumers.

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The Big (Ag) Cover-Up: Will Factory Farming Finally Stop Its Culture of Abuse? 27.1.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Kenny Torrella

Last year, the  investigator working undercover at New England’s largest egg farm found rows and rows of chickens packed tightly into cages so small they were unable to even extend their wings. He found dead ones—mummified and flattened like pancakes—sharing cage space with live hens who continued to lay eggs for human consumption. Some of those eggs were covered in blood.

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Trump’s Agriculture Pick Slashed Food Safety Funding In Georgia Before Deadly Outbreak 25.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Former Georgia Gov.  Sonny Perdue ,  nominated as agriculture secretary by President  Donald Trump , would face the task of helping ensure the safety and quality of America’s food supply. His record in Georgia raises doubts about whether he could handle the job. Georgia slashed its budget for food safety 29 percent under Perdue. Two years after the cuts, in 2008,  at least 714 people across 46 states were sickened by salmonella traced to peanut paste produced at a Peanut Corporation of America factory in Blakely, Georgia. Nine people died, triggering one of the largest food safety recalls in U.S. history. The company’s CEO was later sentenced to 28 years in prison  for knowingly shipping tainted products. Other executives also were jailed. Blame fell on Perdue’s state Agriculture Department and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which had delegated responsibility for inspecting the peanut factory to the state. State officials said manpower and funding prevented inspections that could have spotted the ...
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Agriculture is part of the climate change solution 24.1.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 Small farmers face pretty much the same issues no matter what part of the world they happen to till -- access to land, seed, financing and more. I learned that lesson while rolling through the hills of northern Nicaragua, acting as an interpreter for a brigade of Canadian farmers hoping to transfer their skills to support local farmers. At that time mechanization for many small farmers in Nicaragua seemed to be the main impediment. But thinking back to the exchanges I translated, the lack of tractors, chemicals and artificial fertilizers presented challenges but also possibilities to explore. Agriculture can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but it is going to mean putting stewardship and food production ahead of profit and expansion. It is ...
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Public Interest Groups, Farmers File Lawsuit Challenging Monsanto’s Toxic Pesticides 23.1.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Food Safety Farmers and conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit on Friday challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of Monsanto’s new “XtendiMax” pesticide. The approval of the pesticide company’s latest version of the older weed-killer known as dicamba permits it to be sprayed directly on Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE), dicamba-resistant soybeans and cotton. The decision greenlights a more than 10-fold increase in use of the toxic pesticide, increasing risks to farmers, community health, and the ...
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This Technology Is About To Smash Through Every Factory Farm’s Closed Doors 20.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Ten years ago, I walked into my first slaughterhouse, as an animal cruelty investigator, with a clunky point and shoot camera. The photos I took, of lambs cowering in the darkness, were grainy and barely usable. The key details -- the quivering of the lambs, the patches of rotting skin -- were lost. And the earth-shattering experience of being surrounded by baby animals suffering in filth would remain locked in my mind. This week, at the Sundance Film Festival, everything will change. With the debut of the virtual reality (VR) investigation Operation Aspen , ordinary people donning VR headsets will be able to walk with activists as we infiltrate Sunrise Farms, a major Whole Foods egg supplier in Northern California. Alongside my fellow activists at Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), I entered Sunrise with a prototype VR camera small enough to carry in one hand and stable enough to capture footage as we moved. The result is breathtaking: a 360 degree experience walking through a “humane” egg farm. Viewers ...
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Trump and Trade: The Perils for Agriculture 17.1.2017 Truthout.com
The news is full of efforts to read the tea leaves of incoming President Trump's startling and somewhat erratic pronouncements on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  NAFTA was a bad deal, he says , and as a consummate dealmaker, he will tear up the existing agreement and get America a better deal. Perhaps he'll raise tariffs across the board, sending up trial balloons of 5 or even 10 percent  tariff hikes . Perhaps he'll go after currency manipulation, although that hasn't really been an issue so far with Canada or Mexico. What ties together all of these edicts is that they are simplistic, blunt instruments to fix complex problems. In the case of NAFTA, for example,  trade flows among the three countries  have quadrupled since the agreement began. That means goods -- and investments -- flowing back and forth across borders to create complex supply chains. Take the  example of pork production . US corn and soy exports to Mexico have soared, as has domestic and foreign investment in ...
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Is IoT the secret ingredient for tackling food waste? 10.1.2017 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Whole Foods is among the early adopters for its Grind2Energy service, now powered by the Internet of Things.
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