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Farm Bureau Case Challenging EPA's Right to Share Factory Farm Data Dismissed 29.1.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Coalition Sues EPA for Failing to Address Factory Farm Air Pollution 29.1.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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The Corporate Takeover of Ukrainian Agriculture 28.1.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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The Heat Is On: Via Campesina and Allies Challenge Climate Capitalism 27.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A new report by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) indisputably confirms what many scientists had predicted: 2014 is officially the hottest year on record. And this past year is not an anomaly -- the previous 10 hottest years on the books have all occurred since 1998. This announcement adds to the urgency expressed just last month in Lima, where political leaders and business tycoons from around the world met for the 20th yearly session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The gathering in Peru was historic in that it was the last time the decision-making body would meet before COP 21 in Paris next December, where an international and legally binding agreement on climate will be signed. However, growing movements of those on the frontlines of climate disruption argue that the high-level political remedies touted at venues such as the COP amount to false promises and leave out marginalized voices. Via ...
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Redefining Business Purpose: Driving Societal and Systems Transformation 27.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A Growing Threat The world faces enormous human development and environmental challenges, from poverty and disease to food security and climate change. Significant progress has been made in the last two decades -- extreme poverty has halved, hunger has reduced and over two billion people have improved access to drinking water. But huge problems remain. Inequality has widened, one in eight people still go to bed hungry and climate change threatens everything we have achieved since the 1960s. Half a century of progress stands to be wiped out within a generation. For too long business has sat on the sidelines, either unable or unwilling to be part of the solution to these systemic challenges. But this is now rapidly changing as the limitations of governments and international bodies to resolve them become ever more apparent, as consumers increasingly are demanding change, and as the cost of inaction starts to exceed the cost of action. The cost of climate change is already high and increasing. The UN ...
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Can Whole Foods' Responsibly Grown certification change mainstream farming? 26.1.2015 TreeHugger
From energy use to labor rights, Responsibly Grown helps broaden our idea of responsible farming—even for organics.
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"Eco-Warrior" Vandana Shiva, at $40,000 a Speech, Rejoins Hawaii Anti-GMO Crusade, But Truth Is the Victim 24.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
She's baaack, and it's not good news for science literacy, farmers and food-minded Hawaiians. I'm referring to Vandana Shiva, the Indian anti-GMO crusader who kicked off a five-day blitz through Hawaii with a talk-and-music fest at the Capitol Building on Wednesday. It's a grand tour, marked by private fund-raising pitches to wealthy locals and wannabees from the mainland who view the limited role of biotechnological research in modern agriculture as an anathema--Hawaii is a world center because of its favorable climate. Campaigns like this tour aimed at shutting down nursery centers, most based in Maui, could send the seed giants fleeing to Puerto Rico or the Philippines, costing Hawaii hundreds of millions of dollars and hurting the cause for sustainability in the process. Shiva's tour caps off with a Sunday afternoon rally at the Seabury Theatre on Maui with headlined demands for what the prime organizer--Washington, DC-based Center for Food Safety (CFS)--calls "home rule." While polls show a majority ...
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From fork to farm: Startup recycles grocery store food waste into organic fertilizer 22.1.2015 TreeHugger
In just 3 hours, California Safe Soil turns fresh food waste into a liquid fertilizer which promises to boost yields, cut costs, and reduce water pollution in agriculture.
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The U.S. Meat Animal Research Center and the Agro-Industrial Complex 22.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The front page of yesterday's New York Times revealed a house of horrors at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, situated on the plains of western Nebraska. In a superb but deeply disturbing piece of investigative, long-form journalism, Times reporter Michael Moss told the story of scientists performing ghoulish experiments on farm animals, trying to get cows to produce twins or triplets, and pushing sows to produce even more young, with all too apparent disregard for the animals' welfare. The scientists there have been trying to make the animals grow even faster, so that factory farmers can send them off to slaughter even sooner, even though so many animals on factory farms already suffer chronic pain and premature death from absurdly fast growth rates. Among the hideous experiments Moss documented were pigs locked in steam chambers until they died, calves born with "deformed vaginas" and tangled legs, and sheep bred to produce lambs without any human assistance, with the newborns left to starve, ...
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'Seedy Business': New Report Digs Beneath Agrichemical Industry's High-Cost PR Machine 21.1.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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We’re Fed Up! 50,000 in Berlin Say No to TTIP 21.1.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Not So Fast, Congress 19.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Instead of the plodding turtle he's normally satirized as , Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is all cat-on-a-hot-tin-roof about Trade Promotion Authority, better known as Fast Track. He said as Congress convened this month that he wants to fast track Fast Track. He intends to ’git ’er done so fast no one notices that with it, Republicans will provide, as McConnell put it, “an enormous grant of power. . .to a Democratic President.” Fast Track is nothing more than Congress pulling a fast one on the American people. It’s a plan for lawmakers to abdicate their Constitutional responsibility to regulate international trade. With Fast Track, Congress shirks its duty to subject trade deals to lengthy line-by-line scrutiny, fulsome public hearings and amendment. While gratifying Wall Street and multinational corporations, past Fast-Tracked trade deals have battered American workers as factories fled off shore, wages stagnated and layoffs multiplied. Fast Track is an outmoded strategy for indolent ...
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How the People Can Outwit the Global Domination Plans of Agribusiness 18.1.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Bowing to Monsanto, USDA Approves New GMO Soy and Cotton Crops 16.1.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Cop Crosses 5 Lanes Of Traffic To Rescue Frightened Puppy In Peru 16.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A traffic cop in Peru is making headlines around the world after he was caught on video crossing five lanes of traffic to rescue a frightened puppy . The undated video shows the officer methodically stopping traffic on a busy roadway. At one point, a large truck blows right past the cop, highlighting the dangerous nature of the situation. But most of the cars obey his commands and allow him to cross the highway, grab the little pup and return to the safety of the sidewalk. The Daily Mail identified the officer as 34-year-old Juan Manuel Iman Zena, who said (of course): " I was only doing my job ." "I could see that there was no way the young dog was going to make it back and it's amazing he even managed to get the central reservation in the first place," the paper quoted Zena as saying. "I knew it was about to be hit at any moment, and was worried that if a car tried to swerve it might cause an accident." Zena found a phone number on the dog's collar and was able to reunite the animal with its ...
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USDA Says “Yes” to Pesticide Drift, Approves Dicamba-Tolerant Crops
 16.1.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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USDA Approves New Pesticide Promoting Genetically Engineered (GE) Crops 16.1.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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USDA Says “Yes” to Pesticide Drift, Approves Dicamba-Tolerant Crops 16.1.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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How the Great Food War Will Be Won 14.1.2015 Truthout.com
Heirloom carrots and leeks at a farmers market. (Photo: Cyclotourist ) By conventional wisdom it is excellent news. Researchers from Iowa have shown that organic farming methods can yield almost as highly as pesticide-intensive methods. Other researchers, from Berkeley, California, have reached a similar conclusion . Indeed, both findings met with a very enthusiastic reception. The enthusiasm is appropriate, but only if one misses a deep and fundamental point: that even to participate in such a conversation is to fall into a carefully laid trap. The strategic centrepiece of Monsanto's PR, and also that of just about every major commercial participant in the industrialised food system, is to focus on the promotion of one single overarching idea. The big idea that industrial producers in the food system want you to believe is that only they can produce enough for the future population ( Peekhaus 2010 ). Thus non-industrial systems of farming, such as all those which use agroecological methods, or SRI , or ...
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Five more global food trends for 2015 14.1.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 Look out here's what's coming in global food megatrends including a new one: urbiculture. This is going to be the busiest year ever for global food movements. Ten issues are ready for prime time. I already reviewed five of these – the rebellion of underpaid food producers, empathy for livestock animals,  appreciation for the life-force and probiotics behind food, the central role of youth in food movements, and a rising swell of food politics. Today, I rush through the last ...
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