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Welcome to Beautiful Parkersburg, West Virginia! 27.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Hold on to something,” Jim Tennant warned as he fired up his tractor. We lurched down a rutted dirt road past the old clapboard farmhouse where he grew up. Jim still calls it “the home place,” although its windows are now boarded up and the outhouse is crumbling into the field. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a ...
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How Safe Is Your Ground Beef? 27.8.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Not All Renewable Energy Is Created Equal 25.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Renewable energy is hot right now. Maybe it's because renewables are rapidly becoming more affordable. Maybe it's because President Obama's recent publicity push surrounding his Clean Power Plan is driving interest in climate action. Or perhaps it's because Americans are fascinated by enigmatic entrepreneurs, and Elon Musk of Solar City and Tesla battery ambitions, seems to fit the bill. This discussion is badly needed and should be welcomed. Watching at least some presidential candidates competing over whose renewable energy plan is best is progress - even if some of them are still ignoring climate change. But plans to promote renewable energy should be carefully crafted and considered. Not all sources of renewable energy are the same. And not all types of renewable energy will benefit the environment or people and communities. For many, renewable energy is "good" energy - after all, it's not made from fossil fuels so it must be good for the environment and for people, right? Unfortunately, that's not ...
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INDEX: The ZeroFly storage bag can significantly reduce food waste 21.8.2015 TreeHugger
As much as 30% of food is lost to vermin. This bag can help save much if it and stop those bugs.
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Truth In Labeling—It's Our Right to Know What's in Our Food 21.8.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Pork Industry Admits Using Muscle Stimulant Ractopamine 21.8.2015 Truthout.com
As if the pork industry - complete with "gestation crates," abuse and grim conditions for pigs - wasn't bad enough, many farms use a variety of feed additives to boost profits. While the law bars the use of hormones, that doesn't mean pork produced conventionally is drug-free, and one of the most commonly used drugs is ractopamine, a growth stimulant. Truthout combats corporate power by bringing you trustworthy, independent news. Join our mission by making a donation now! As if the pork industry - complete with crowded "gestation crates," abuse in slaughterhouses and grim conditions for pigs - wasn't bad enough, many farms use a variety of feed additives to boost profits. While the law bars the use of hormones, that doesn't mean pork produced conventionally is drug-free, and one of the most commonly used drugs is ractopamine, a growth stimulant. The beta-adrenergic agonist stimulates pigs to put on muscle , instead of fat, producing lean meat that's more valuable per pound. For the agricultural industry, ...
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Massachusetts Ballot Measure Launched - A Step to End Era of Extreme Confinement on Factory Farms 20.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, The HSUS and a remarkable group of organizational partners launched a ballot initiative campaign in Massachusetts that, if successful, will bring our society dramatically closer to ending the era of extreme animal confinement on the nation's factory farms. Just moments ago, I announced the initiative petition at the state house in Boston, accompanied by the CEOs of the Massachusetts SPCA, ASPCA, Animal Rescue League of Boston, and the Franklin Park Zoo. Other endorsers include the United Farm Workers, Mercy For Animals, the Center for Food Safety, Bon Appétit Management Company, and a long list of others. The measure, which will appear on the November 2016 ballot once we gather enough signatures from qualified Massachusetts voters, will require that veal calves, breeding sows, and laying hens have enough room to turn around, stand up, lie down, and freely extend their limbs. In short, it gets the animals out of cages barely larger than their bodies - specifically out of veal crates, gestation ...
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Agroecology as a Tool for Liberation: Transforming Industrial Agriculture in El Salvador 16.8.2015 Truthout.com
Miguel Ramirez training family farmers on seed bank management. (Photo courtesy of MAOES)Beverly Bell interviewed Miguel Ramirez, National Coordinator of the Organic Agriculture Movement of El Salvador, about agroecology as a tool for liberation. An edited transcript of Ramirez's replies appears below. We say that every square meter of land that is worked with agro-ecology is a liberated square meter. We see it as a tool to transform farmers’ social and economic conditions. We see it as a tool of liberation from the unsustainable capitalist agricultural model that oppresses farmers. We in the Organic Agriculture Movement see the soil as Mother Earth, a living organism, which gives birth to all kinds of life. Mother Earth is agonizing, and needs to be rescued. Even a new small plot of land under organic management is part of the effort to revive her. We now have around 3,700 small local producers who are educated and working on organic agriculture in El Salvador. We’re just about one percent of all small ...
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Four Ways Mexico’s Indigenous Farmers Are Practicing the Agriculture of the Future 15.8.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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5 Fertilizer Facts That Dispel the Myths 14.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Soil has seen its place in the sun this year, with the United Nations having declared 2015 the International Year of Soils and continued scientific research showing the importance of healthy soils as a key component of our food system. Looking forward, the world is faced with a colossal challenge: to produce more food in the next four decades that we have done in the last 10,000 years combined. This cannot happen without healthy soils to nourish the crops we grow. While fertilizers are a vitally important way to maintain healthy soils, the topic has remained a polemical issue. Are mineral or organic fertilizers better for the environment? What is even the difference between the two? Many myths have circulated on this topic - but science can set the record straight: 1. Mineral fertilizers can be "natural" too. It is important to distinguish here what we mean by organic and mineral, natural and synthetic (man-made). Organic fertilizers contain carbon. Some are natural such as manure, and others are ...
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Looking For The Safest, Healthiest Pet Food? Good Luck With That. 12.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Eight years ago, thousands of dogs and cats died after being poisoned by tainted food. The world's biggest pet food companies pulled more than 100 different products from store shelves. There's still no official death toll from the Great Pet Food Recall, because the government doesn't track animal deaths. But experts estimate at least 8,000 pets died. For Blue Buffalo, the carnage was an opportunity. In just five years, the company, which boasted of its "natural, healthy" products, had become one of the pet food industry's most powerful players. Its rise was no small feat in a heavily concentrated industry -- Mars Petcare and Nestle Purina together control about half of global sales, according to data from the trade publication Petfood Industry. Blue Buffalo deployed a robust advertising budget to portray its products as more nutritious than those of its shoddy "big name" competitors -- a term it has used frequently in commercials . As the recalls dominated headlines, Blue Buffalo ran a new ad campaign ...
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Moving Beyond the "Ag" In "Ag-Gag" -- the Next Wave of Anti-Whistleblower Legislation? 8.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
By Molly Knobler and Gordon Schnell An image is worth a thousand words. Cliché but true. One particular image of a young alligator, suspended by its tail, bleeding out, is worth Jane Birkin telling Hermès she no longer wants her name on its luxury bags. Prompted by a whistleblower tip, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) conducted undercover investigation at Hermès' crocodile skin supplier, Lone Star Alligator Farms, and released of a compelling video showing the farm's brutal killing tactics. It was similar imagery from an undercover operation by the Humane Society that exposed unspeakable cruelty by the Hallmark Meat Packing Company towards cows headed for slaughter. It led to the largest meat recall in US history and a half a billion dollar False Claims Act judgment for selling noncompliant ground beef under the national school lunch program. These are just two prominent examples of the many whistleblower successes that have helped expose just how bad "Big Agriculture" can be in abusing ...
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Schools as Punishing Factories: The Handcuffing of Public Education 6.8.2015 Truthout.com
(Photo: Empty Classroom via Shutterstock; Edited: LW / TO) While the video of an 8-year-old boy handcuffed in an elementary school classroom in Kentucky has rightfully drawn media attention, the boy's treatment was far from unique. (Photo: Empty Classroom via Shutterstock; Edited: LW / TO) The Nobel Prize-winning author Ngugi wa Thiong'o has insisted rightfully that "Children are the future of any society," adding, "If you want to maim the future of any society, you simply maim the children." (1) As we move into the second Gilded Age, young people are viewed more as a threat than as a social investment. If one important measure of a democracy is how a society treats its children - especially children of color, poor and working-class youth, and those with disabilities - there can be little doubt that the United States is failing. Half of all public school children live in near poverty, 16 million children receive food stamps and 90 percent of Black children will be on food stamps at some point during ...
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You have a Constitutional Right to Record and Report Illegal Activity at Factory Farms 6.8.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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How to Cover Up the Pesticide Industry's GMO Scheme and New 2,4 D 'Agent Orange' Crops 5.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Slate's William Saletan Shows How It's Done Son There's been no shortage of journalists of late flacking for the pesticide and junk food industries regarding genetically engineered foods, aka Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). This coincides with the massive industry PR push behind the Safe and Affordable Food Labeling (SAFE) Act, ie. the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act , which will stop states from requiring disclosure of GMO foods. Easily fooled and blind to their bias, these journalists focus on irrational or fringe elements in the movement to label GMO foods, celebrate commercially insignificant examples of GMOs, and cover up that over 90 percent of GMO food acreage is engineered by chemical companies to survive huge doses of weed killer. Rather than sound the alarm that the pesticide industry's new 2,4 D herbicide-tolerant GMO crops were recently greenlighted for planting this spring by industry-friendly regulators, these journalists fail to even mention these same crops are destined ...
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In Victory for Animals and Their Defenders, Judge Strikes Down Idaho 'Ag-Gag' Law 4.8.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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68 garden pesticides to avoid in order to help the bees 3.8.2015 TreeHugger
These insect-killing chemicals spell doom for important pollinators.
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Farm Sanctuary: A Haven From the Animal Holocaust 3.8.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Good food is never cheap and cheap food is never good 29.7.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Twenty years ago I wrote that family farms in Canada were at a pivotal point in their evolution. Farmers could continue growing crops based on the corporate agenda or they could lessen their ecological impact by adopting a model that encouraged eating local, in-season, organically grown indigenous foods. Consumer buying power was imperative to changing the way food was grown and distributed. Ironically, very little has changed. Canadians have developed a sense of entitlement when it comes to buying cheap food. What's really needed are consumers who recognize they have a duty to ensure fairness within the marketplace. This begins with paying farmers a reasonable price for the food they produce and extends to buying food that is produced in an ecologically responsible ...
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To Save Bees, Some States Take Aim At Pesticides 29.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. The orange groves in Fort Myers, Florida, have turned to poison for David Mendes’ honeybees. The onetime winter havens for bees have been treated with a popular pesticide that he says kills his livelihood. States and the federal government are searching for ways to protect managed bees like Mendes’ and their wild counterparts. The White House issued a strategy in May to promote the health of honeybees and at least 24 states have enacted laws to protect bees and other pollinators such as bats, birds and butterflies. Of the 100 crops that supply about 90 percent of the food for most of the world, 71 are pollinated by bees. Pollination has a direct effect on the quality of food and the diversity of crops. Declines in bee populations mean fruit and vegetables are less available and more expensive. Though the number ...
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