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Leaked Trade Deal Chapter Reveals Corporate-Friendly Subversion of Public Health, Food Safety 25.7.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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How Asda is making fresh efforts to protect produce 23.7.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Walmart-owned UK supermarket is rethinking its supply chain with 95% its of produce at risk from climate change.

How Asda is making fresh efforts to protect produce
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McDonald's Meat Scandal Leads To Detainment Of 5 People In China 23.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
SHANGHAI/LANGFANG, China, July 23 (Reuters) - Shanghai police said on Wednesday they detained five people in an investigation into a Chinese-based supplier of foreign fast-food brands including KFC and McDonald's Corp over allegations the firm supplied out-of-date meat. The five detained include the head of the company - Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, a unit of U.S.-based OSI Group LLC - and the firm's quality manager, the police said in an online statement. It gave no other details. McDonald's, Yum Brands Inc, the parent company of KFC and Pizza Hut, and coffee chain Starbucks Corp are among global brands to have pulled products from their outlets after it emerged that Shanghai Husi supplied expired meat to clients in China, as well as Japan, in the latest in a series of food safety scandals in the country. Earlier, the official Xinhua news agency cited the Shanghai food and drug watchdog as saying that food safety violations at Shanghai Husi were company-led rather than the acts of individuals. "We ...
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Study: To Cut Down On Environmental Impact, Eat Less Beef 22.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A new study on the environmental burdens of beef, pork, chicken, eggs, dairy and plant products finds that beef is by far the worst offender. According to the study, published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a prominent scientific journal, beef production releases five times the amount of greenhouse gas emissions as the average of other meats and animal products. Nor is that all: Beef requires 28 times more land, 11 times more water, and six times as much reactive nitrogen as the average of the other categories, according to the study. To calculate the impact of different animal products, the study's authors looked at the environmental effects of producing feed for animals , taking into account land use, water consumption and the potential for nitrogen pollution from fertilizers. (When excess nitrogen leaches into a body of water, it can cause algal blooms that deplete local levels of oxygen and cause harm to other marine organisms.) The researchers also calculated the amount ...
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Iowa Goes Bananas for GMOs 21.7.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Ag-Gag Laws Are Un-American and Unconstitutional 21.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
There have been dozens of undercover employment-based investigations of the meat, dairy, and egg industries by animal protection groups in the past 15 years. These investigations have led to felony conviction for egregious cruelty to animals , the country's largest meat recall , and a civil settlement of $497 million . They have also led to improved conditions for farm animals, laws against certain confinement systems in nine states, and corporate farm animal welfare policies from most of the country's largest fast food restaurants, grocery chains, and meat companies, from McDonald's and Burger King to Smithfield Foods and Hormel. In 2011, the meat industry responded, but not by improving conditions for farm animals; instead, it proposed laws in four states to prohibit the investigations. In 2012, pro-factory farm legislators enacted three such laws, and last year, they proposed eleven more. This year, they have proposed half a dozen, and passed one. Animal protection, consumer safety, and free speech ...
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Iowa Goes Bananas for GMOs 20.7.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Rows of corn grow on a farm in Atkins, Iowa. (Photo: Firskey/ cc/ Flickr)Iowa happens to have planted more genetically engineered corn and soybeans than any other state this year.

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Iowa Goes Bananas for GMOs 20.7.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Genna Reed

Rows of corn grow on a farm in Atkins, Iowa. (Photo: Firskey/ cc/ Flickr)Iowa happens to have planted more genetically engineered corn and soybeans than any other state this year.

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An Open Letter From a Farmer to Angry Vegetarians 18.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
About once a week I get an email or comment from the Animal Rights contingent. It is expected and usually I do not engage. I need to remember that when I published my first book I was a vegetarian raising a few laying hens and pet rabbits. Readers who knew me as the 25-year-old girl they read about (at the time just farm-curious and toying with the idea of homesteading) meet a very different woman on my current blog. To read that book and then pop into a blog where just seven years later that same vegetarian is raising hogs, lambs, and poultry for meat is unsettling and shocking to some readers. And so I get these notes from what I call the Angry Vegetarians. The folks who feel personally betrayed, not just for my change of diet but my change in ideas. Yesterday I was called a murderer. I've been called that many time, and in some emails, that is the nicest part of the correspondence. The following is a letter to that Angry Vegetarian and to any others who may feel the same way. But before you read it ...
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We Have Enough Land To Feed Our Growing Population, We Just Have To Use It Right, Study Finds 18.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By some assessments, the human population will require twice as much food in 2050 as we do now. Some have estimated that an area the size of South Africa or Canada would need to be planted to produce enough food to meet these needs. But a new study says that may not be the case. According to the study , published in the journal Science, growing more food doesn’t always require more cropland -- just a change in the way we use resources. The authors looked at 17 of the most important crops to analyze specific strategies to meet the needs of an additional three billion people. It's not all about increasing growing efficiency either -- the study targets food waste and the amount of crops used to feed animals. The study makes specific suggestions about a few key “leverage points” and Paul West, the study’s lead author, said in a press release that they are giving “funders and policy makers the information they need to target their activities for the greatest good .” The majority of environmental effects of ...
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You Need to Know: What Do Natural, Local and Organic Mean? 18.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Today's consumers are increasingly concerned with where their food comes from, and demand for "organic," "local" and "natural" foods is on the rise . But what do those labels really mean? Are we getting what we think we are when we buy "all natural" granola bars or "organic" beef? And how local is "local?" Here's what you need to know about "organic," "local" and "natural" food labels. What is the legal definition of "natural" when it comes to food? Whoops -- there isn't one. We're not kidding, there is no government regulation of the word "natural" for any food. Even though most food labels are highly regulated, the word "natural" remains undefined. The only guidance for what qualifies as natural is nothing artificial or synthetic . Really? Why isn't it legally defined? The answer is a rather philosophical one: What is nature? Nearly every food item for sale is processed in some way. Who is to say that one thing is more natural than the other? Is beet juice natural if it has been squeezed out of the ...
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Mexican Farmers Oppose Expansion of Transgenic Crops 17.7.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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The Rising Global Movement That Calls for #noTTIP 16.7.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Adam Parsons A protest in London against the TTIP (Photo: flickr/cc/World Development Movement)As the next round of negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) take place in Brussels this week, civil society groups are continuing to mobilise against this ongoing free trade agreement between the U.S. and EU that poses a threat to our public services, environment, food, privacy and ...
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10 ways to make your garden more green 15.7.2014 TreeHugger
How green does your garden really grow? Top 10 tips for making sure your garden is chemical free and growing strong.
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Organic food has real nutritional benefits 15.7.2014 TreeHugger
When compared to conventional produce, organic has more antioxidants, fewer toxic metals, and less pesticide residue.
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Mexican Farmers Oppose Expansion of Transgenic Crops 15.7.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
A bean cleaning plant in the northern Mexican state of Zacatecas. Credit: Courtesy of Secretaría de AgriculturaBean grower Manuel Alvarado is part of the majority of producers in Mexico who consider it unnecessary to introduce genetically modified varieties of beans, as the government is ...
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How She Leads: Cathy Fraser, Tenet Healthcare 15.7.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

The HR leader at Tenet is spearheading sustainability efforts, from communications to food to reporting.

How She Leads: Cathy Fraser, Tenet Healthcare
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The Assault on Organics 14.7.2014 Truthout.com
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The Assault on Organics 14.7.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Organic Food Has More Antioxidants, Less Pesticide Residue: Study 12.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Organic food really is better for your health than its conventional counterparts. At least, that's the conclusion of a new study conducted by researchers at Newcastle University and published this week. But not everyone is convinced. Specifically, the researchers said that organic fruits, vegetables and cereals contain significantly higher concentrations of antioxidants than conventionally grown crops. They added that organic produce and cereals were found to have lower levels of toxic metals and pesticides. For the study -- said to be the largest of its kind -- the researchers analyzed more than 340 international, peer-reviewed studies that looked at compositional differences between organic and conventional crops. According to the paper, researchers found that organically grown produce and cereals have between 19 and 69 percent higher concentrations of certain antioxidant compounds than conventionally grown crops. "Many of these [antioxidant] compounds have previously been linked to a reduced risk of ...
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