User: flenvcenter Topic: Food-Independent
Category: Food Systems :: Global Food System
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Hemp Is on its Way to Your Car Battery and Many Things You Haven't Yet Imagined 22.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
October 14, 2014 | The first digital-age domestic hemp crop is being harvested as I write. The subtle decrease in seismic activity currently puzzling Virginia geologists can be traced to Thomas Jefferson ceasing to spin in his grave for the first time in 77 years. For a century USDA biologists conducted taxpayer-funded hemp cultivar research for farmers, after all. They did this in a Virginia meadow that is today the Pentagon. And why wouldn't they, in support of a key crop supplying the Navy with rope and earning millions for farmers from Wisconsin to Kentucky (when millions meant something)? Then there was this weird quirk (Google "cannabis prohibition" if the cause of the quirk is news to you), and it took a tucked-in provision in the 2014 federal Farm Bill to allow hemp research to restart. As I learned while researching my latest book, Hemp Bound, this longest utilized of agricultural products (today defined as "cannabis with less than point three percent of psychoactive THC") is offering up a ...
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Supply-chain fixes are the secret sauce for three NY companies 21.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

What do ice cream toppings, mushroom-based packaging and paving stones in common? They all can be greener. Here's how three companies are doing it.

Supply-chain fixes are the secret sauce for three NY companies
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WTO Meat-Labeling Ruling Jeopardizes Consumer Safeguards 21.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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World Trade Organization Attacks Commonsense Country of Origin Labels 21.10.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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This Little Piggy Bred a Superbug 19.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Pesticide Use Skyrocketing on GMO Crops While Pro-GMO Media Run Interference 18.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
by David Bronner, president of Dr. Bronner's Michael Specter's recent articles in the New Yorker bashing Vandana Shiva and the labeling of genetically engineered foods (" Seeds of Doubt "and " The Problem with G.M.O. Labels ") are the latest high-profile pro-genetically modified organisms (GMO) articles that fail to engage with the fundamental critique of genetically engineered food crops in U.S. soil today: Rather than reduce pesticide inputs, GMOs are causing them to skyrocket in amount and toxicity. Setting the record straight, Ramon J. Seidler, PhD, former senior scientist for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has recently published a well-researched article documenting the devastating facts, " Pesticide Use on Genetically Engineered Crops ," in Environmental Working Group's online AgMag. Seidler's article cites and links recent scientific literature and media reports, and should be required reading for all journalists covering GMOs as well as for citizens seeking to understand why their ...
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EPA Analysis Evidence Notorious Neonics Should be Suspended, Watchdog Groups Say 17.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Monsanto Spends Millions in Bid to Defeat Local GMO Labeling Initiative 17.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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New EPA Analysis More Evidence Notorious Neonics Should be Suspended, Watchdog Groups Say 17.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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EPA Approval Highlights Need for GE Labeling 16.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On Wednesday, in a quiet but profound decision to approve a dangerous weed killer, the EPA chose the rights of Dow Chemical Co. and the biotech lobby over those of the American people, particularly our children. While the decision will now be litigated, our real hope as citizens to protect ourselves from such potentially carcinogenic herbicides is to get our government to approve mandatory federal labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods. Explaining the connection requires that I get down into the, um, weeds. The EPA approved the herbicide Enlist Duo to kill weeds in corn and soybean fields. In the months leading up to the decision, more than 500,000 citizens, 50 congress-people and dozens of eminent physicians, weed scientists and public health experts had urged the EPA not to approve Enlist. Enlist Duo is the combination of two different chemicals, glyphosate and the even more toxic 2,4-D, created by Dow AgroSciences to be used in tandem with their genetically engineered Enlist Duo seeds, which ...
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9 innovations to slash food loss 16.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Companies are seizing the business opportunity of solving food loss. Automated tracking systems and consumer apps are just a start.

9 innovations to slash food loss
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How Starbucks and Green Mountain serve up shared value 16.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

The two coffee titans are addressing hunger and poverty in suppliers' communities while delivering value for their companies.

How Starbucks and Green Mountain serve up shared value
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How ConAgra sets the table for climate resilience 16.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Here's an inside look at the food giant's sustainability menu, including engaging employees, reducing food waste and sharpening the supply chain.

How ConAgra sets the table for climate resilience
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Small Scale Food Producers are the Solution to the Global Food Crisis 16.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Whole Foods Stepping Up for Bees Where Feds Fail 16.10.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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EPA Approves New 2,4-D Herbicide Blend, Paving Way for Controversial GE Crops 16.10.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Whole Foods Is Now Ranking Produce By Eco-Friendliness 15.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK (AP) — Whole Foods plans to start rolling out a system that ranks fruits and vegetables as "good," ''better" or "best" based on the supplier's farming practices. Most notably, the supermarket chain says its "responsibly grown" labeling system for produce and flowers will prohibit the use of several common pesticides. The rankings will also take into account factors such as water and energy usage. The program will start appearing in the nearly 400 Whole Foods stores in the U.S. and Canada starting Wednesday, with the rankings being noted on signs where prices are listed. Not all produce and flowers that Whole Foods sells will qualify. The standards were developed by Whole Foods and are not an official government designation. The move signals how Whole Foods is trying to draw a sharper distinction between itself and its competitors, in part by making shoppers feel more empowered about their purchasing decisions. The grocery chain, which has about 400 locations, already has ranking systems for meat ...
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Organic and Local: Still the Gold Standard 13.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Time to End Corporate Trade Regime's Global Attack on Democracy 11.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Will synthetic biology change the way we farm and eat? 9.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

A new generation of GMOs is on its way to our farms, markets and tables.
 

Will synthetic biology change the way we farm and eat?
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