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Category: Food Systems :: Global Food System
Last updated: Mar 05 2015 02:36 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Over 4 Million People Press Obama to Protect Bees 5.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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GMO Pesticide Propaganda Machine Continues to Bamboozle 5.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Media Silence Deafening as 2,4 D Herbicide-Tolerant GMO Crops Cleared for Planting in UN's "International Year of Soils" The recent February 13th issue of Science magazine opens with an editorial titled " Give Soils Their Due " abridged in relevant part: "We are not paying enough attention to the world's soils, a 'nearly forgotten resource' and our 'silent ally,' 33% of which are in a state of degradation. We can't breathe, eat, drink, or be healthy without sustainably managing soils. So in recognizing 2015 as the International Year of Soils, the United Nations (UN) is focusing global attention on the increasing pressures on soils and their ripple effect on other global challenges. ...Exploration of soil's unique habitats reveals numerous microbes and invertebrates that contribute to life-sustaining services such as cleansing water, regulating pests, and cycling nutrients ... we must improve the functioning of soil biota as part of our long-term commitment to a sustainable future. ...The water we drink ...
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McDonald's Is Removing Human Antibiotics From Its U.S. Chicken Supply 4.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
March 4 (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp's U.S. restaurants will gradually stop buying chicken raised with antibiotics vital to fighting human infections, the most aggressive step by a major food company to force chicken producers to change practices in the fight against dangerous 'superbugs.' The world's biggest restaurant chain announced on Wednesday that within two years McDonald's USA will only buy chickens raised without antibiotics that are important to human medicine. McDonald's policy will begin at the hatchery, where chicks are sometimes injected with antibiotics while still in the shell. "We're listening to our customers," Marion Gross, senior vice president of McDonald's North American supply chain, told Reuters. She said the company is working with its domestic chicken suppliers, including Tyson Foods Inc, to make the transition. Veterinary use of antibiotics is legal. However, as the rate of human infections from antibiotic-resistant bacteria increases, consumer advocates and public health ...
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Research Details Deluge of Spending by Opponents of GMO Labeling 4.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Will the Year 2015 Bring Us Kinder Girl Scout Cookies? 3.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
If you're new to the issue of palm oil, it's a vegetable oil produced from the palm tree Elaeis guineensiswhich could inspire images of warm tropical beaches except when it's grown in the millions of hectares. The resulting oil from its fruits which is known as Crude Palm Oil has physical properties that allows it to be split into derivatives and fractions which is then used in everything from donut toppings to cookies to shampoos! This flexibility and its cheaper price compared to other vegetable oils is leading tropical countries like Malaysia and Indonesia to plant millions of hectares of industrial palm oil plantations. In the process, centuries old forests have been clear cut to make way for these plantations. It is against this background that activist groups have created vigorous palm oil campaigns. 2014 the Year of Commitments. Rainforest Action Network launched its palm oil campaign last year aptly named "The Snack Food 20" as the group challenged twenty of the biggest snack manufacturers to ...
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125+ Groups Call on President Obama to Protect Bees, Pollinators From Pesticides 3.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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EWG's Dirty Dozen Report Lists The Most Pesticide-Heavy Fruits And Veggies Of 2015 26.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
One of the most common reasons to eat more organic produce is to avoid harmful chemicals used in growing your food. Pesticides have been linked to developmental problems in children , and may act as carcinogens or throw off the endocrine system , according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Scary stuff! To help consumers make the safest choices, nonprofit advocacy agency the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has once again released its list of the most pesticide-contaminated produce. The Dirty Dozen, part of the EWG's yearly Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce , is compiled from U.S. Department of Agriculture pesticide residue data on 48 fruits and veggies. About two-thirds of the produce samples test positive, and apples top the ranking for the fifth year in a row . "The bottom line is people do not want to eat pesticides with their fruits and vegetables," Ken Cook, the EWG's president and cofounder, said in a statement . "That's why we will continue telling shoppers about agricultural ...
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Want to avoid toxins on your food? Shop the “Clean Fifteen” 26.2.2015 TreeHugger
This list can help you avoid pesticides without only eating organic.
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Apples Top Dirty Dozen List for Fifth Year in a Row 25.2.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Eat at Your Own Risk: Flawed FDA Risk Assessments Strengthen Arguments for Labeling GMOs 25.2.2015 Truthout - All Articles
(Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) Recent congressional testimony by the former director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Michael Landa, is a reminder that the Food and Drug Administration's risk assessment process for genetically engineered products lacks transparency and allows industries to self-regulate. Help Truthout keep publishing stories like this: They can’t be found in corporate media! Make a tax-deductible donation today. For the past two decades, developers of genetically engineered (GE) crops and their corporate allies have maintained that because their products are so obviously safe, there is no need to label them. Thanks to marketing campaigns , squelched state initiatives and a flood of GE products on the market, the public has largely adopted this belief as well.   Would it shock the public to know that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has never formally approved any GE crop as safe for human consumption? Instead, these companies have been trusted to ...
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US Offering Its 'Assistance' to Push GMOs on Africa: Report 24.2.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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USDA Approves "Untested, Inherently Risky" GMO Apple 24.2.2015 Truthout - All Articles
On Friday, February 13, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved the first genetically engineered apple, despite hundreds of thousands of petitions asking the USDA to reject it. According an article in Politico, the USDA said the GMO apple “doesn’t pose any harm to other plants or pests.” Great. But what about potential harm to the humans who consume them? The Arctic Apple (Golden Delicious and Granny varieties), developed by Canada-based Okanagan Specialty Fruit, shockingly doesn’t require approval by the U.S. Food & Drug Association (FDA). The FDA will merely conduct a “voluntary review” before, presumably, rubber-stamping the apple for use in restaurants, institutions (including schools and hospitals) and grocery stores—with no meaningful long- (or even short-) term safety testing for its potential impact on human health. Here’s why that should concern every consumer out there, especially parents of young children. In April 2013, we interviewed scientists about the genetic engineering ...
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Amplifyd.com Challenges Starbucks and Peet's Coffee to Use Organic Milk 24.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Photo courtesy of Stonyfield Organic. As a DIVA, once I learned where the milk is sourced from at my local Starbucks and Peet's Coffee, I decided to to search for a new coffee joint that serves organic milk in their lattes. Diva, or not, you too deserve safe milk in your delicious, over-priced coffee drink! These coffee giants both purchase milk from large, industrialized farms who feed their cows a diet comprised of genetically modified corn, soy, alfalfa and cotton seed. Plus, a high dose of antibiotics. Non-organic livestock production is responsible for 80% of all antibiotic use in the world, and the dairy industry in particular, uses the strongest and most dangerous forms. As an example, a super potent antibiotic drug used by commercial dairy farmers called Ceftiofur creates resistant bacteria after only one dose. Scott Blankenship, founder and CEO of www.amplifydpledges.com , a social activism startup based in Berkeley, California, is concerned about the health risks. "Most people are aware that ...
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Manipulate and Mislead: How GMOs Are Infiltrating Africa 23.2.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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US Force Feeds GM Crops to African Nations, says New Report 23.2.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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The 10 American Cities Most Obsessed With Eating Organic Food 23.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Philadelphia, PA Washington, D.C. Investigators combined the findings of original research and existing related research and data on this topic to find the most popular cities for organic eating. The data was based on metrics related to consumers' preferences for organic foods. A poll conducted on Sperling’s Best Places website, which yielded 6,500 responses from participants across the U.S. in three days, was included, as well as Yelp results for "Organic Grocery Stores" and "Organic Restaurants," local farmers' markets and community supported agriculture groups (CSAs), and consumers' buying habits at the grocery store. So what exactly does "organic" mean , besides more expensive? The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) defines organic as food that is "produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations." One hundred percent organic meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products are produced from animals ...
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Despite Corporations Trying to Silence Our Voices, A New Wave of Democracy 18.2.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Big Ag’s Fight for Twitter Credibility 18.2.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Ractopamine: It's What's for Dinner 18.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
China and Russia aren't known as leaders on food safety or animal welfare, yet there's one drug that even they--along with much of the world, including the European Union--won't allow to be fed to animals destined for the plate: ractopamine . This growth-promoting drug has left thousands of pigs lame, in intense pain, downed, and even dead. The United States isn't taking the drug off the market, and instead is dismissing the data about animal welfare problems and expanding its use. Beef producers are switching in droves to the dangerous growth promoter because they've been blocked by others within their industry from using an equally dangerous and powerful-acting drug. Fortune's Deena Shanker reported last week that beef cattle feedlot operators have been stung by the refusal of Tyson and Cargill to accept cattle at their slaughterhouses doped up with the growth promoting drug Zilmax (a drug similar to ractopamine), after reports that it caused cattle to arrive at slaughterhouses "hoofless" and in severe ...
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A New Wave of Democracy, and How Corporations Are Trying to Silence Your Voice and Your Choice 18.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
President's Day is an appropriate time to reflect on the state of our U.S. democracy. And there is some very good news across the country about the spread of local democracy, but you have not heard or read much about it in the mainstream media. Remarkably, this democratic surge has taken place despite the massive influx of corporate dollars from those who want to stomp out popular rule as it threatens their power and profits. But more about them later. Let's start with the big positive. Too often democracy has meant voting every couple of years for a candidate that is "the lesser of two evils." But now, citizens and their representatives all across the country are voting directly on major social and technology issues that impact their families and neighborhoods. Often, they are saying no to technologies that will poison their water, destroy their land and biodiversity and threaten the health of their children and communities. One example is the issue of genetically engineered (GE) crops and foods. More ...
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