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Over 700,000 People Urge DOJ to Reject Biotech Mega-Mergers 20.9.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

Hundreds of thousands have signed petitions calling on the U.S. Department of Justice and elected officials to block three proposed mega-mergers of chemical and biotech behemoths: Bayer-Monsanto, Dow-Dupont, and ChemChina-Syngenta.

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Over 700,000 People Tell Government to Block Seed Mergers 20.9.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Food & Water Watch As the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee meets today to examine consolidation in the agriculture seed and chemical industry, nine groups have submitted petitions signed by 708,000 people urging the Department of Justice and elected officials to block several pending mergers that would further consolidate the market for seeds and agricultural chemicals. The pending mergers between Dow-DuPont, Syngenta-ChemChina and Bayer-Monsanto would further increase the control that just a few companies maintain over seeds – the basic building blocks of the food ...
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Agri-businesses launch global alliance to boost green farming 20.9.2016 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Industry-led Global Agri-Business Alliance aims to tackle food security, supply chain issues and sustainable agriculture
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Monsanto and Bayer: food and agriculture just took a turn for the worst 19.9.2016 Environmental News Network
Bayer's $66 billion takeover of Monsanto represents another big click on the ratchet of corporate power over farming and food, writes Colin Todhunter. With the 'big six' of global agribusiness now set to turn into the 'even bigger three', farmers and consumers are facing more GMOs and pesticides, less choice, and deeper price gouging. Agroecology has never looked more attractive.
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The Monsanto Merger Blues 19.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This week, hundreds of farmers from the National Farmers Union are converging on Washington DC to plead with decision makers to say "no" to a blockbusting roster of agribusiness mergers. Farmers--and consumers--have reason to worry. This level of corporate consolidation will give these companies unprecedented power over our farms, our land and our food. Chemical giant Bayer has just announced its intention to purchase Monsanto, the world's leading seed and pesticide supplier. Not to be left behind, DuPont and Dow, and Syngenta and ChemChina--the rest of the "Big Six" that already control 51% of seed and 72% of the pesticides in the international market--are in frantic merger negotiations. If they consolidate, three companies would control nearly 60% of the world's seeds. Why the rush to merge? Saturated markets have dropped profit margins. Corporate consolidation is the only way to increase returns to shareholders. None of this has anything to do with feeding people. We already produce 1 ½ times more ...
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Another Farm Aid Misstep: Partering with Corporate Agribusiness While Purporting to Support Family Farmers 17.9.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

On the eve of the annual Farm Aid concert, Saturday in Bristow, Virginia, The Cornucopia Institute, an organic industry watchdog, has filed a formal legal complaint against Farm Aid’s marquee sponsor, Bonterra Organic Vineyards, alleging it misrepresents its products as “organic.” 

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FDA Finds Monsanto's Weed Killer in U.S. Honey 15.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Food and Drug Administration, under public pressure to start testing samples of U.S. food for the presence of a pesticide that has been linked to cancer, has some early findings that are not so sweet. In examining honey samples from various locations in the United States, the FDA has found fresh evidence that residues of the weed killer called glyphosate can be pervasive - found even in a food that is not produced with the use of glyphosate. All of the samples the FDA tested in a recent examination contained glyphosate residues, and some of the honey showed residue levels double the limit allowed in the European Union, according to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. There is no legal tolerance level for glyphosate in honey in the United States. Glyphosate, which is the key ingredient in Monsanto Co.'s Roundup herbicide, is the most widely used weed killer in the world, and concerns about glyphosate residues in food spiked after the World Health Organization in 2015 said ...
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'Five-Alarm Threat to Our Food Supply': Monsanto-Bayer Merger Advances 14.9.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

Monsanto accepted Bayer's $66 billion takeover offer—the largest all-cash takeover offer ever made—on Wednesday morning.

While anti-trust agencies around the world review the proposed mega-merger, environmental and consumer advocates roundly condemned the creation of what will be the largest pesticide and GMO corporation in the world.

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Monsanto Takeover Would Be "Disaster for Global Food System" 14.9.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

Responding to the news that Monsanto had accepted a takeover offer from Bayer, and would potentially create the world's biggest seed and pesticide company, Aisha Dodwell, a food campaigner from Global Justice Now said:

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Time to Drive Factory Farmed Food Off the Market 12.9.2016 Truthout - All Articles
After a decade of exposing and demonizing Monsanto and genetically engineered foods, including an intense four-year battle to force mandatory labeling of GMOs (a battle rudely terminated in July when Congress rammed through the outrageous DARK Act ), the US food movement stands at the crossroads.  Should we keep badgering Monsanto's minions in Washington for the right to know what's in our food, a sentiment shared by the overwhelming majority of consumers? Or should we focus more on single-issue reforms, such as banning neonicotinoid bee-killing pesticides, better nutrition in schools, taxes on soda, and an end to the reckless use of antibiotics in animal feed?  A growing number of food activists believe it's time to move beyond limited or single-issue campaigning and lobbying and take on the entire degenerative food and farming system, starting with the malevolent profit-driver and lynchpin of industrial agriculture, GMOs and fast food: factory farming. We obviously can't count on a corrupt Congress or ...
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False Promises: Avoid "Miracle" Rice and Just Eat a Carrot 10.9.2016 Truthout.com
Vandana Shiva. (Photo: The Seeds of Vandana Shiva film) New Delhi -- Norman Borlaug, father of the Green Revolution, died on September 9, 2009. Alfred G. Gilman died on December 23, 2015. Both were Nobel laureates and now both dead. Gilman was a signatory to a recent letter condemning Greenpeace and its opposition to genetic engineering. How many Nobel laureates does it take to write a letter? Easily ascertained -- the dead Gilman and 106 others were enlisted in "supporting GMOs and golden rice". Correct answer -- 107, dead or alive. The laureates were rounded up by Val Giddings (senior fellow, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation), Jon Entine (author of Abraham's Children: Race, Identity and the DNA of the Chosen People) and Jay Byrne (former head of corporate communications, Monsanto). Real people don't have the luxury of getting Nobel laureates to write 1/107th of a letter, "chosen" folk do. Evidently. Cornell University is a "chosen" institution – central to genetically modified public ...
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Circle of Poison documentary highlights the deadly impact of the global pesticide industry 9.9.2016 TreeHugger
Even after certain highly toxic pesticides get been banned for use in the US, they can still be produced here, "for export only." This pro-business double standard not only endangers the lives of millions around the world, but can then also come back to h
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Cargill's Jill Kolling on the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative 8.9.2016 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
The ag giant is teaming up with PepsiCo, Kellogg, General Mills, Monsanto and Walmart. Here's why.
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The TPP's Climate Blindspot 6.9.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Ben Lilliston

Free trade deals, and in particular the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), have taken a beating this election season. Most of the noise on trade from Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton has focused on the loss of jobs linked to the offshoring. Much less attention has been paid to the serious impact the TPP and past trade agreements will have on our ability to respond to climate change.

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Institutional investors to Big Food: Come clean on water risks 2.9.2016 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Kraft Heinz, Dean Foods, Tyson Foods, Monster Beverage, Fresh Del Monte Produce and 10 other large companies were taken to task for poor water management and disclosure practices.
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55 Years After Agent Orange Was Used In Vietnam, One Of Its Creators Is Thriving Here 30.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam ― Fifty-five years ago this month, the U.S. Army began spraying millions of gallons of the toxic defoliant known as Agent Orange over large swaths of southern Vietnam. Today, however, instead of resentment and isolation from the U.S., the country is awash with Americanophilia. Ho Chi Minh City, once the capital of the U.S.-backed regime under the name of Saigon, is now teeming with McDonald’s and Starbucks businesses. The present economic hub of Vietnam also boasts an increase in Apple stores, which see their clientele anxiously waiting for the debut of the latest iPhones and are often considered by many here as an emblem of chic Americanization. And with a large portion of the population of more than 90 million born after 1975 (the year the war ended), the masses tend to look forward to the future rather than dwell on the bitter past with the Americans. But this Americanization and what it ushers in, including the expansion of companies like biotech giant Monsanto, risks ...
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Monsanto Helped Devastate Vietnam. Now It’s Expanding Here. 30.8.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam ― Fifty-five years ago this month, the U.S. Army began spraying millions of gallons of the toxic defoliant known as Agent Orange over large swaths of southern Vietnam. Today, however, instead of resentment and isolation from the U.S., the country is awash with Americanophilia. Ho Chi Minh City, once the capital of the U.S.-backed regime under the name of Saigon, is now teeming with McDonald’s and Starbucks businesses. The present economic hub of Vietnam also boasts an increase in Apple stores, which see their clientele anxiously waiting for the debut of the latest iPhones and are often considered by many here as an emblem of chic Americanization. And with a large portion of the population of more than 90 million born after 1975 (the year the war ended), the masses tend to look forward to the future rather than dwell on the bitter past with the Americans. But this Americanization and what it ushers in, including the expansion of companies like biotech giant Monsanto, risks ...
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Episode 41: Food data players to watch; a corporate renewables crash course 26.8.2016 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
This week on the GreenBiz 350 podcast: A look at where agriculture meets cap-and-trade climate policy, plus a breakdown of the organizations catalyzing corporate clean energy.
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Dairy Industry Suckles From Federal Teat 26.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Imagine the following CNN headline: "Government Buys $20 Million in Surplus Pepsi as Demand Plummets." The fictional article informs readers that tax dollars will soon be buying millions of unwanted cola cans, all as a favor to the flailing soda industry, which just kept producing drinks no one wanted. As outrageous as such a government handout to the soda industry would be, that's exactly what the U.S. Department of Agriculture is doing for the industrial dairy industry. As CNN reports , "sluggish demand and shifting consumption habits have helped to create the huge cheese reserve, pushing the surplus to a 30-year high." And as a result, at the request of the dairy industry, an industry dominated by factory farmers, our government's buying up $20 million of the unwanted cheese with taxpayer dollars. Given our multi-trillion dollar national debt, $20 million may not be the biggest chunk of cheese, but put into bigger context, it's just the latest example the federal government bailing out animal ...
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Non Profits Sue General Mills for False and Misleading Use of ‘Natural’ 25.8.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Non Profits Sue General Mills for False and Misleading Use of ‘Natural’
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