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Farm-to-School Movement Fights for a Foothold in Corn Belt Cafeterias 18.8.2017 Truthout.com
As the movement for a local and ethical food system continues to gain traction, school food is slowly but surely becoming a focus in the fight for change.  School districts serve lunch to 30.4 million students a day through the USDA's National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The NSLP provides cash subsidies and USDA foods to enrolled schools, which in turn provide free and low-cost meals for qualifying students. In total, meals served through the NSLP amount to as many as 5 billion per year . Due to the program's scale and the influence of Big Ag interests, the lion's share of food served through the NSLP has typically been sourced from large-scale producers, transported from afar and heavily processed. The resulting meals are often less than nutritious. In 2009, the ground beef the USDA bought from five major meatpackers and distributed through the program failed to meet the quality standards of most fast food restaurants. But two initiatives, the farm-to-school movement and the Good Food Purchasing Policy ...
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Capitalist Economies Create Waste, Not Social Value 17.8.2017 Truthout.com
More production means more waste: more waste means more production. Waste is a sign of capitalism's success. In this excerpt from Creating an Ecological Society, Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams show the immense levels of waste created by capitalism today, including the prison-industrial complex, food system and housing in the United States -- not to mention the horrendous expensive and wasteful US military. (Photo: hroe / iStock / Getty Images Plus) What would a truly just, equal and ecologically sustainable future look like? Why would it require a change in our economic system, namely the end of capitalism? Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams answer these questions in Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation. Suffused with radical hope, this book can be yours with a donation to Truthout! In this excerpt, Magdoff and Williams show the immense levels of waste created by capitalism today, including the prison-industrial complex, food system and housing in the United States -- not ...
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When genetic engineering is the environmentally friendly choice 9.8.2017 GreenBiz.com
CRISPR gene editing can fight crop disease far more benignly than conventional practices.
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10 minutes with Leigh Ann Johnston, Tyson Foods 7.8.2017 GreenBiz.com
Why the food giant has stepped up its quest to be transparent and accountable for its supply chain.
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Connecting the dots on biodiversity and agriculture 3.8.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Tasting a termite inspires hope that farming can align better with ecosystems.
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Ben & Jerry's ice cream contains traces of controversial herbicide 26.7.2017 TreeHugger
Ice cream lovers aren't happy to learn they're licking glyphosate on hot summer days.
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Moby, Russell Simmons and Others Speak Out on an Issue that Needs Our Immediate Attention 24.7.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Featuring remarks from Gene Baur, Jenny Brown, Sylvia Earle, Jane Goodall, Bill Maher, Moby, Kathy Najimy, Ingrid Newkirk
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Journalism Is Dying and Content Marketing Is Taking Its Place (I Know Because I Do Both) 23.7.2017 Truthout - All Articles
As more and more journalists are forced to make a living as content producers for corporations creating "news" articles, infographics and videos, it's becoming harder to separate the spin from the real, especially when well-respected sites like WebMD carry an undifferentiated mix of both content and news. Spin is spin, even when it is written by journalists. (Image: scyther5 / iStock / Getty Images Plus) Stories like this can't be found in corporate media! Make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout by clicking here. I first started writing articles when I was a teenager, as one of the ways I could contribute to the movement to stop the war on Iraq, to free the refugees from detention in Australia and to stop a waste dump being built where I lived (one of the poorest parts of Sydney). I've been a journalist for 16 years now, writing from Bolivia, Mexico, Venezuela, Pakistan and other countries -- aiming to center the voices of those who aren't usually heard, and covering the other side of the story. But ...
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Corporate Agricultural Dumping: Growing the Wealth Gap 21.7.2017 Truthout - All Articles
The Trump administration is threatening to crack down on foreign steel producers who are allegedly dumping cheap steel into the US market. "Dumping," the practice of exporting goods at prices lower than in the country where the goods are produced, is widely considered an unfair way to gain foreign market share. But you're unlikely to hear Trump officials complain about dumping in agricultural trade because in this sector, it's the US exporters who are at fault. The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) has used World Trade Organization formulas to document the systematic dumping of US grown agricultural commodities (specifically wheat, soybeans, corn, cotton, and rice) for two decades. They found that in the wake of the volatile commodity markets that dominated in the period from 2007 to 2013, export prices largely exceeded production costs. In recent years, however, US agricultural commodity dumping has started again. According to  IATP's calculations , in 2015 US wheat was exported at 32 ...
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Poverty Wages, Deportations, Wage Theft, Cockroaches: Farmworkers Demand Dignity From Ben & Jerry's 12.7.2017 Truthout.com
As monolithic ice cream producers like Ben & Jerry's impose ever-shrinking prices on their supply chains, the largely migrant dairy farmworkers at the receiving end of the poverty wages and unsanitary living conditions have organized behind several direct actions. Intimidation by immigration police has only created greater solidarity among workers. Enrique Balcazar leads hundreds of farmworkers and allies in marching on Ben & Jerry's factory. (Photo: Jonathan Leavitt) More than 200 farmworkers and allies marched on the Ben & Jerry's factory Saturday, June 17, to demand that the ice cream corporation with $600 million in annual revenue implement "Milk with Dignity." On their 13-mile march from Vermont's statehouse to the tourist-laden ice cream factory, farmworkers told of illegally withheld wages in the Ben & Jerry's supply chain, 40 percent of farmworkers not getting minimum wage, 40 percent not getting a day off a week, exhaustion from insufficient sleep, a lack of clean water and cockroach-infested ...
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Campesino Movements Say Climate Justice Is an Alternative to Devastating G20 Policies 5.7.2017 Truthout - All Articles
As our communities in the global South and North contend with the social and environmental impacts of market-oriented policies, the gathering of world leaders this week in Hamburg, Germany for the G20 does not raise many positive expectations. This is no surprise given that G20 countries currently dominate the world's economic governance -- together accounting for 85 percent of the global GDP, and their economic growth centered priorities have mostly translated to environmental destruction, social conflict and the exploitation of the poor majority. Because of this, grassroots social justice movements find it imperative to organize transnationally -- in addition to strategic work at the local level -- to bring the voice of rural communities from across the world to international forums. Doing so offers an alternative vision of life by linking the question of food production to those of power and democracy. With the revolutionary concept of Food Sovereignty on the forefront, the peasant women and men of La ...
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Investors cultivate more sustainable food supply chain 5.7.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Agricultural companies are facing more pressure to address their exposure from poverty, water scarcity and resource depletion.
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Dear USDA: Stop squeezing the food industry with outdated subsidies 29.6.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Food and farm facts to chew on.
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Out of my mind: Disaster 18.6.2017 Columns – The Indian Express
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States Challenge Scott Pruitt's Decision to Keep Pesticide Linked to Brain Damage in Food Supply 8.6.2017 Truthout.com
(Photo: Rob Franksdad ; Edited: LW / TO) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is facing a challenge from seven states over his decision to ditch an EPA proposal that would have kept a pesticide linked to brain damage in children out of the food supply. On Tuesday, a coalition of Democratic state attorneys general filed an administrative challenge to Pruitt's March 27 order denying a decade-old petition to ban chlorpyrifos, a controversial bug killer used to control pests on food crops such as apples, strawberries and oranges, as well as at facilities such as golf courses. The order quashed an agency proposal rolled out under the Obama administration to ban chlorpyrifos on food products due to health risks. Pruitt issued the order at the last minute to meet a court-ordered deadline requiring the EPA to make a final decision on the ban after years of review.   Environmental groups have long fought to restrict the use of chlorpyrifos and other controversial pesticides and filed ...
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Farmworkers Confront Wendy's in Fight for Fair Wages 8.6.2017 Truthout - All Articles
"He sido un trabajador agrícola desde que tenía 17 años." ("I have been a farmworker since I was 17 years old.") The voice of Lucas Benitez, a co-founder of the  Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) , is always powerful to hear, no matter what the setting. But on May 23, Benitez's voice rang out in a place that has been hostile to farmworkers' rights -- the annual shareholders meeting for Wendy's, held at the fast-food giant's headquarters in Dublin, Ohio. As the Alliance for Fair Food (AFF) reported , Benitez and 26 other supporters, including myself, went into the meeting to confront Wendy's corporate leadership about its refusal to join  the Fair Food Program  (FFP) established by the CIW and allies as a monitoring program to prevent abuse of farmworkers by the fast-food industry. More than 60 protesters led a vigorous picket in support outside the meeting, urging people to boycott Wendy's, support the farmworkers and fight for immigrant justice. Their actions forced Wendy's Director of Corporate ...
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Trump's Proposed Cuts To Foreign Food Aid Are Proving Unpopular 8.6.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
When U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) first came to Congress four years ago, he wanted “to get rid of foreign aid.” Since then, he said during a Wednesday hearing in Washington, he’s had a change of heart. “I know a lot of people might want to take a hatchet to foreign aid and say we’re not doing a good job,” Yoho continued. “But what I’ve learned is what [Secretary of Defense] General [James] Mattis said: If you cut foreign aid, buy more ammunition ‘cause you’re gonna need it.” Yoho’s remarks came during a House agriculture committee hearing centered on U.S. foreign food aid programs, a particularly timely topic given that President Donald Trump’s spending plan proposes eliminating all funding  for two key food aid programs — Food for Peace and the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program . The committee is in the beginning stages of reviewing farm bill programs, like the food aid initiatives, ahead of writing a new bill set to be finalized next year. While committee ...
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FDA Resumes Testing Foods For Weed Killer, Safety Questions Grow 8.6.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has resumed its first-ever endeavor to evaluate how much of a controversial chemical is making its way into the U.S. food supply. And the tests can’t come soon enough as safety concerns about the herbicide known as glyphosate grow. The FDA, the nation’s chief food safety regulator, launched what it calls a “special assignment” last year to analyze certain foods for glyphosate residues after the agency was criticized by the U.S. Government Accountability Office for failing to include glyphosate in annual testing programs that look for many less-used pesticides in foods. But the agency scuttled the testing after only a few months amid disagreement and difficulties with establishing a standard methodology to use across the agency’s multiple U.S. laboratories, according to FDA sources. Many observers suspected the suspension might be politically motivated because it came after one FDA chemist found glyphosate in several samples of U.S. honey and oatmeal products , ...
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How Chicken Farmers are Getting Clucked in a Supermarket Near You 2.6.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Commercials featuring upbeat music, smiling farmers, and anthropomorphized chickens -- ads generated by companies like Foster Farmers and Pilgrim's Pride -- help make customers feel good about buying some of the nearly 40 billion pounds of chicken produced annually in the United States. But the reality for chicken farmers across rural America is much less pleasant than that depicted on television. A set of rules proposed under the Obama administration by the Department of Agriculture's Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) -- known as the Farmers Fair Practice Rules -- would provide contract farmers with basic protections and a larger voice within the industry. The Trump administration, however, has delayed their implementation several times and the future of the rules is uncertain. In the meantime, farmers say they're not getting a fair deal, and they want the federal government to take action. According to Barbara Patterson, government relations director at the  National ...
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Top grocery stores lag on antibiotic-free food 22.5.2017 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
As restaurant chains rush to cut antibiotic-raised chicken, a new report by the Natural Resource Defense Council argues that Costco, Walmart and others aren't doing enough.
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