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Tyson Foods Accused of Dumping More Poison to Waterways Than Exxon, Dow and Koch 12.2.2016 Truthout.com
(Photo: Factory Farm via Shutterstock) The environmental advocacy group Environment America has released an analysis that concludes meat manufacturer Tyson Foods is a bigger polluter of American waterways than Exxon, Dow, Koch and pretty much anyone else - with the sole exception of AK Steel Holding Corp (and AK Steel only wins by a hair). The animal-slaughter mega-power is the world's biggest processor of chicken, beef and pork, and is said to be the second largest meat producer in the world. While Tyson Foods' website maintains it "[works] with thousands of family farmers every day to provide safe nutritious food for people all over the world," animal rights and environmental groups paint a different picture of the company entirely. Environment America's summation notes that Tyson, like other behemoth polluters, is required to report certain emissions to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) program. When Environment America "crunched the numbers," it concluded the ...
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Why Is Cornell University Hosting a GMO Propaganda Campaign? 8.2.2016 Truthout.com
(Photo: Microbiology Lab via Shutterstock; Edited: LW / TO) The founders of Cornell University, Andrew D. White and Ezra Cornell, dreamed of creating a great university that took a radical approach to learning. Their revolutionary spirit, and the promise to pursue knowledge for the greater good, is said to be at the heart of the Ivy League school their dream became. It is difficult to understand how these ideals are served by a unit of Cornell operating as a public relations arm for the agrichemical industry. Yet that is what seems to be going on at the Cornell Alliance for Science (CAS), a program launched in 2014 with a $5.6 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a goal to "depolarize the charged debate" about GMOs. A review of the group's materials and programs suggests that beneath its promise to "restore the importance of scientific evidence in decision making," CAS is promoting GMOs using dishonest messaging and PR tactics developed by agrichemical corporations with a long ...
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Taking dietary action to stop climate change 3.2.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 Like this column? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. The Bible is full of references to domesticated animals. Camels, goats, sheep, asses abound; the good shepherd tends his flocks; and so forth. In the book of Genesis, Cain, the tiller of the soil, and Abel, the livestock producer, bring their respective offerings to God. But God rejects Cain's vegetables, and Cain then slays his brother Abel.  Today's vegans and vegetarians are increasingly making positive connections between food and the environment. Can eating less meat help limit damage to the ...
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Not Science Fiction: Biotech Industry Pushing 'GM 2.0' Across Europe 3.2.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Biotech lobbyists are staging a "below-the-radar attack" on European regulations, attempting to have new genetic modification (GM) techniques excluded from rules that impact the environment, food safety, and consumer choice, according to a new report from the Brussels-based Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO).

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How a Public University Professor Collaborated on a Corporate PR Campaign 2.2.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Emails released through Freedom of Information Act requests show money flowing into the University of Illinois from Monsanto as food science professor Bruce Chassy collaborated on multiple projects with the company to counter public concerns about genetically modified crops (GMOs). (Photo: Late typing via Shutterstock) Former University of Illinois food science professor Bruce Chassy is known for his academic gravitas. Now retired nearly four years, Chassy still writes and speaks often about food safety issues, identifying himself with the full weight of the decades of experience earned at the public university and as a researcher at the National Institutes of Health. Chassy tells audiences that before he retired in 2012, he worked "full time" doing research and teaching. What Chassy doesn't talk much about is the other work he did while at the University of Illinois - promoting the interests of Monsanto Co., which has been trying to overcome mounting public concerns about the genetically engineered ...
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New Documents Uncover Monsanto's Secret Role in Illinois Professor Bruce Chassy's Academics Review Website 2.2.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

The consumer group U.S. Right to Know today called for improved transparency and public disclosure of industry funding for and coordination with public university professors. 

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Opponents of GMO Labeling Could Face Tough Penalties in Dark Money Case 27.1.2016 Truthout - All Articles
The state of Washington has accused a trade organization of breaking state campaign finance disclosure laws by quietly funneling millions of dollars from major processed food companies to opponents of a GMO labeling ballot initiative in 2013. Washington State has accused a trade organization of illegally funneling millions of dollars to GMO labeling opponents. (Photo: Dark Money via Shutterstock) Fight back against the spread of misinformation perpetuated by the mainstream media. Help Truthout grow stronger by making a tax-deductible donation today! Washington State's attorney general has asked a court to penalize a trade group accused of breaking the state's campaign finance disclosure laws by shielding major food companies' donations to opponents of a 2013 GMO food-labeling ballot initiative. As Truthout reported, voters rejected the statewide initiative  by a slim margin after companies such as Monsanto, Pepsi, Kraft and Syngenta contributed millions of dollars  to the opponents' campaign, which set a ...
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8 Reasons To Avoid Doing Business With Monsanto 27.1.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It's a formula that seems to be working to chip away at the coal industry: What you can't beat, financially isolate. But for Jeffrey M. Smith, executive director at the anti-GMO nonprofit Institute for Responsible Technology, the target isn't an ailing, polluting industry. It's Monsanto, the pesticide and bioengineering firm once dubbed the world's "most evil corporation."  In an open letter to investors, obtained by The Huffington Post on Tuesday, Smith said weak sales of biotech-corn seeds and other financial headwinds have left Monsanto vulnerable. He cited as proof the company's announcement earlier this month that it planned to cut a total of 3,600 jobs.  Now, it's worth noting that Smith has made a career for himself standing against Monsanto. Since founding his nonprofit in 2003, the author has railed against genetically modified organisms -- specifically fruits and vegetables engineered to grow bigger or avoid pesticides. Advocates say GMO foods are unhealthful and badly regulated. But the jury ...
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Licorice Cough Syrup Recalled For Containing Morphine 22.1.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Master Herbs, Inc. recalled all of its  Licorice Coughing Liquid cough syrup in 100 ml bottles in retail stores on Wednesday. The product contains morphine, which is not listed as an ingredient on the label.  Morphine is an opioid pain reliever that is only available through a prescription. Misuse of the narcotic can lead to addiction, overdose and, in severe cases, death. Morphine is also associated with serious breathing problems, and the person taking it should be monitored while doing so.  Master Herbs' Liquid Coughing syrup was sold primarily in Chinese grocery stores in California, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey and Ohio.   For some, taking morphine could lead to severe allergic reactions. Young children with respiratory illness are at risk for respiratory depression from opioids, according to the Food and Drug Administration.  There have been no reports of illness associated with the product thus far. If you have any questions about the recall, you can call Master Herbs, Inc. by phone at ...
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Automated indoor vertical farm will produce 30,000 heads of lettuce per day 22.1.2016 TreeHugger
This farmerless farm will also be soilless and sunless, instead relying on robotics, LEDs, and hydroponics to grow lettuce in Kyoto, Japan.
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Haiti's Fraudulent Presidential Frontrunner Seizes Land for His Own Banana Republic 21.1.2016 Truthout.com
The frontrunner in Haiti's rigged election grabbed land from peasant farmers to grow bananas for export. (Photo: Joshua Steckley) This report is based on extensive interviews, on-site and via phone, with more than 20 government officials, economic development professionals, peasant farmers, and community organizers, between July 2015 and January 2016. We reached out to Agritrans for comment, but they did not respond. The only man running in Haiti's fraudulent presidential election run-offs on January 24, 2016, Jovenel Moïse, dispossessed as many as 800 peasants - who were legally farming - and destroyed houses and crops two years ago, say leaders of farmers' associations in the Trou-du-Nord area. Farmers remain homeless and out of work. The land grabbed by the company Moïse founded , Agritrans, now hosts a private banana plantation. To grow bananas for export in a hungry nation, Agritrans received at least $6 million in state loans , and possibly much more. Agritrans seized a 1,000-hectare (2,371-acre) ...
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Target Hits the Mark With Transition to 100 Percent Cage-Free Eggs 21.1.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Target Corporation -- one of the country's largest retailers -- has announced it is dismantling cages from its egg supply by 2025. On Monday, ConAgra Foods -- maker of Egg Beaters and other popular food product brands -- announced it too is switching to 100 percent cage-free eggs. Working with such big-name companies on this commitment prompts me to reflect further on the swift and startling progress in our campaign to end the use of the battery cage in American agriculture. During 2015's final four months, we worked with 20 major companies to announce 100 percent cage-free egg policies. We're just three weeks into 2016 and already nearly half that number of companies have announced cage-free shifts. We've partnered with ConAgra, Denny's (which uses half a billion eggs annually), Wendy's, Quiznos, and Barilla. Just last Friday alone -- all in one single day -- we announced that Campbell Soup, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Mondelez (the $30 billion snack food giant) added themselves to the list. The ...
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Davos and Its Threat to Democracy 17.1.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Nick Buxton

It’s an all-too-easy event to mock. It’s hard to keep a straight face when the world’s rich arrive annually in their private jets to the luxury ski-resort of Davos to express their deep concern about growing poverty, inequality and climate change. US comedian Jon Stewart has labelled the World Economic Forum (WEF) the ‘money oscars’ and lampooned the media’s giddy sycophantic coverage of the event; Bono, himself a regular at the summit, jokes that it is a summit of ‘fat cats in the snow’.

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Campbell’s Will Label GMOs—and the Sky Will Not Fall 14.1.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Katherine Paul

Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) have long defended their die-hard positions against mandatory GMO labeling laws, often by feigning concern about the financial impact labeling laws would have on consumers. Labeling will be costly for manufacturers, who will pass those costs on to consumers, they consistently argue (despite studies suggesting otherwise).

As if concern for consumers’ wallets had anything to do with Big Food’s determination to deceive.

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How America's Embrace of GMOs and Pesticides Could Trigger "Downfall" of EU Farmers 13.1.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Europe's farmers should be forewarned. According to a new study, if the pending Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) become a reality, the United States' distinctly low food standards, coupled with the dominance of industrial agriculture, could trigger a complete "downfall" of the entire European farming sector.

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Keystone and Food Labeling Cases Demonstrate TPP's Threat to Democracy 12.1.2016 Truthout - All Articles
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has provisions that allow corporations to sue governments for laws and regulations that limit profits. The cases bypass national court systems and are heard by " corporate courts " with the governments allowed no appeal. These investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions are also in trade agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement. When fast-track trade promotion authority was being debated, people like Sen. Elizabeth Warren  raised warning flags  about the ISDS provisions in TPP. [. . .] In her letter, Warren raises concerns that the deal could include provisions that would allow foreign companies to challenge US policies before a judicial panel outside the domestic legal system, increasing exposure of American taxpayers to potential damages. In May, President Obama  said that concerns  over TPP's "corporate court" provisions were "absolutely wrong." But two recent cases demonstrate the danger to democratic government from ISDS provisions in trade ...
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Philippines Islanders Unite to Resist "Land Grab" Palm Oil Companies 10.1.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Residents of Palawan Island in the Philippines that acceded and signed over private farmland for palm oil cultivation say they've yet to receive any payment, and are even being held responsible for the plantations' set-up and loan costs. (Image: Palm trees via Shutterstock; Edited: JR / TO) Farmers on Palawan are being tricked into giving land away to palm oil companies with local government support. Under the palm oil company "leases" the farmers lose all rights to their land, never receive any money, and are saddled with 25 years of debt. Those who resist the land grabs are now in fear for their lives following the murder of a prominent campaigner. Residents of Palawan Island in the Philippines have united to take on the companies that they say have grabbed their land. Palawan is a large island-province of the Philippines that lies midway between the rest of the archipelago and Borneo. The great beauty and biological value of the island was validated in 1990 when the United Nations Educational, ...
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Drugging Animals on Factory Farms - Enough Already 8.1.2016 Truthout.com
(Photo: Farm Vaccination via Shutterstock; Edited: LW / TO) We've all grown accustomed to the steady parade of television ads - $3 billion year worth, by some estimates - urging us to "ask our doctors" about the latest miracle drug. Pharmaceutical ads have been commonplace since the 1990s, after the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the way for prescription drug companies to aggressively market their wares directly to consumers. Wisdom and ethics aside, it's easy to see why Big Pharma would push pills to humans, to treat human ailments. It's big money .  But a drug company that makes animal drugs, purchased not by consumers but by factory farms, advertising direct to consumers who will never actually purchase those drugs? How does that make sense? If you're Elanco, the $2.3-billion animal drug division of Eli Lilly, you make it seem sensible by spinning the message. In Elanco's case, the message is this: Without our animal drugs, the world will starve. It's a message that paints the drug maker ...
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African Women Organize to Reclaim Agriculture Against Corporate Takeover 6.1.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Mphathe, kneeling bottom row on right, with women of Dzomo la Mupo. (Photo courtesy of Mphathe Makaulele) Beverly Bell and Simone Adler conducted the following interview with Mphatheleini Makaulele from which this text is drawn. Makaulele is an award-winning indigenous leader, farmer, and activist, and Director of  Dzomo la Mupo , a community organization in rural South Africa. She is also part of the  African Biodiversity Network . Everybody originated with indigenous ways of living and the way of Mother Earth. The real role of women is in the seed. It is the women who harvest, select, store, and plant seeds. Our seeds come from our mothers and our grandmothers. To us, the seed is the symbol of the continuity of life. Seed is not just about the crops. Seed is about the soil, about the water, and about the forest. When we plant our seeds, we don't just plant them anytime or anywhere. We listen to our elders, who teach us about the ecological calendar. The seed follows this natural ecological flow. When ...
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Eat Well and Don't Wreck the Planet: Choose Organic 5.1.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Organic farmer Joel Salatin gives a tour of Polyface Farm, in Virginia. He stands inside electric netting surrounding a flock of laying hens and their portable coop, dubbed an Eggmobile. Credit: nick v from washington dc/ https://www.flickr.com/people/54418876@N00/ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Joel_Salatin_in_front_of_hens.jpg Recent polling indicates that Americans are more worried about chemicals in food than they are about added sugar, saturated fat, and sodium. Accordingly, food companies are removing some of the chemicals that consumers find objectionable, on health or environmental grounds. In another recent example of policy change in response to public sentiment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voided its approval of the herbicide Enlist Duo, in response to a lawsuit by environmental organizations over concerns for endangered species. Food is the basic way we fit into the web of life. We make choices about what to eat several times each day, day after day, over our lifetime. ...
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