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Could a New York Times Exposé Help Level the Playing Field for Advocates in the Press? 23.8.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Darcey Rakestraw

In its recent series “Think Tanks Inc.,” the New York Times exposed the deep financial ties between corporations and think tanks, outlining how corporate donors reaped influence and rewards from such “mutually beneficial” relationships. As someone who has worked in Washington, D.C.

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Smart PR or sustainability? Inside Target's $40 million food investment 22.8.2016 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
The full effect of big-budget corporate community spending really depends on a company's business model.
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Want sustainable food? It will take a new normal for farming 19.8.2016 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Innovative food systems such as agroecology can become the norm if we weave a web of legitimacy from science, politics, society and values.
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Aerial Photos Show The Disturbing Feedlots That Brought You Your Burger 17.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Feedlots, otherwise known as  Animal Feeding Operations (AFOs),  are massive stretches of enclosed land where cattle are housed, stuffed with grains, and eventually slaughtered. They became popular in the post-World War II era, when newly established and quickly growing fast food operations demanded more, better, cheaper meat. Nowadays, many cattle live out their lives on the noxious, congested plants, long suspected of spurring environmental problems and disease .  Most Americans know that feedlots, in theory, exist. And yet, when it comes time to imagine what such a colossal enterprise actually looks like, a space that can house over 100,000 heads of cattle, the mind often draws a blank.  British new media artist Mishka Henner was searching for satellite images of oil fields in the United States when he accidentally stumbled upon birds’-eye view images of the flattened lots. He was first intrigued by the hordes of black and white dots that permeated the landscape, which he later discovered were ...
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Sewage sludge could make great sustainable fertilizer 16.8.2016 Environmental News Network
Ever thought of putting sewage on your plants? Scientists say thermally conditioned sewage sludge serves as an excellent fertilizer to improve soil properties. This was recently published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Nutrition. The major advantage over commercial fertilizers? Sustainable re-use of essential and finite phosphorus resources.Phosphorus is a key nutrient for all living beings. When deficient in the diet, it severely compromises human health, and when deficient in agriculture, it restricts crop productivity. Without phosphorus, there can be no food production.
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Can high-tech bacteria make fish farming more sustainable? 16.8.2016 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
A methane-eating bacteria could create the basis for new fish feed that doesn't rely on soy or corn. But that doesn’t make it a silver bullet.
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The Hidden Costs of Food 15.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Americans consume an average of three burgers and more than three liters of soda a week. Many of us realize this isn't healthy, but it certainly is cheap. Or is it? How much do we really pay for food, when you consider the health, societal and environmental problems caused by producing and eating it? I recently spoke at a conference on the true cost of food, alongside farmers, health experts, labor advocates, food industry executives and others. As I started to tally the numbers I was hearing at the conference, it seemed to me that the true cost of food could be double, if not triple, what we pay out of pocket. Environmentalists often talk about the hidden costs of pollution from our energy system, and there have been many studies that examine this question. But I wasn't aware of any studies that approached food in a similar way. The numbers presented below are rough, but even these conservative estimates suggest that the real cost of our food could be roughly double the apparent cost. Clearly, this is ...
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Corporate control is getting worse. Here's how you can fight back! 11.8.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
It's day two of the World Social Forum and we're talking extractive industries, food systems and The ...
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Ears on the earth: Releasing the corporate stranglehold 11.8.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
day_3_breaking_the_corporation_stranglehold.mp3 Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. It's Day 2 of the World Social Forum. There's an ambitious program of panel discussions, talks, music, exhibits. There's a lot to choose from. Corporate control is one of those issues being talked about constantly and continuously. Often it seems like corporate control is getting worse. On today's ...
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Free People from ‘Dictatorship’ of the 0.01% 10.8.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Vandana Shiva

“The only way to counter globalisation—just a plot of land in some central place, keep it covered in grass, let there be a single tree, even a wild tree.”

This is how dear friend and eminent writer Mahasweta Devi, who passed away on July 28, at the age of 90, quietly laid out her imagination for freedom in our times of corporate globalisation in one of her last talks.

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Healthy Snack Invented on Indian Reservation Now Faces Stiff Corporate Competition 10.8.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Jay Walljasper

The Pine Ridge Indian reservation is not the first place you’d look for good news about creating a new kind of economy that works for everyone. 

This corner of South Dakota includes several of the poorest counties in America, according to census figures. Ninety-seven percent of Pine Ridge’s Lakota Indian population lives below the federal poverty line, reports the American Indian Humanitarian Foundation.  The unemployment rate is well over 50 percent.

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Pesticides intended to help bees may actually be dangerous to their health 9.8.2016 TreeHugger
Beekeepers often spray hives with pesticides to fight parasites, but these chemicals could have hazardous side effects.
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On The Organic Trade Association's Betrayal Of The Movement For Mandatory GMO Labeling 4.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Last week President Obama signed the DARK (Deny Americans their Right to Know) Act into law that pre-empts Vermont's and all other state's mandatory GMO labeling laws. This bill, passed by Congress two weeks ago, was championed by Senators Debbie Stabenow and Pat Roberts (Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Ag committee) along with USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. It creates a federal "non-labeling" standard for foods produced in part or entirely with genetic engineering. The legislation is a gift to the pesticide and food industries who make and sell GMOs. It allows companies to use QR codes or 1-800 numbers instead of clear on-pack labeling to disclose the presence of GMOs, forcing consumers to scan the code or make a call, effectively burying and hiding the information. Millions of American consumers have been fighting for what 64 countries around the world already require: a clear on-pack statement indicating a presence of GMO ingredients. Vermont's law was the first in the nation ...
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Bayer-Monsanto Merger Is 'Five-Alarm Threat' to Food and Farms: Legal Experts 3.8.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

A new legal opinion penned by two former Justice Department officials bolsters warnings that the proposed merger between agroindustrial giants Bayer and Monsanto "is a five-alarm threat to our food supply and to farmers around the world."

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Bringing natural capital costs into focus in industrial farming 2.8.2016 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
A study released at the True Cost of American Food Conference brings in both natural capital costs — and benefits — to get a true picture of what it takes to produce food in the U.S.
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How One GMO Nearly Took Down the Planet 2.8.2016 Truthout.com
The story of Klebsiella planticola is a cautionary tale of the impact of genetically modified organisms. (Image: Pixabay) On Friday, President Obama signed bill S.764 into law, dealing a major blow to the movement to require GMO labeling. The new law, called the "Deny Americans the Right to Know" (DARK) Act by food safety groups, has at least three key parts in it that undermine Vermont's popular GMO labeling bill and make it nearly impossible for you and me to know what's in our food. The law claims to set a federal labeling standard by requiring food producers to include either a QR bar code that can be scanned with a phone, or a 1-800 number that consumers can call to find out whether a product contains genetically modified ingredients. But according to the Institute for Responsible Technology, this bill doesn't require most processed foods to have a label, the bill defines genetic engineering so narrowly that most GMOs on the market don't qualify, and the bill gives the USDA two more years to come up ...
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Dangerous Liaisons: ChemChina's Bid for Syngenta 29.7.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Protesters in Munich, Germany, demonstrate against "patents on life" by companies such as Syngenta and Monsanto, January 20, 2016. (Photo: Michaela Handrek-Rehle / Campact ) We all love to hate Monsanto. We also know that Monsanto isn't the only poison-maker trying to pass itself off as a "farmer-friendly producer of food to feed the world." Monsanto belongs to an exclusive club of dominant pesticide makers. That club, which includes Dow, Dupont, Bayer, Syngenta and BASF, is about to get a lot smaller. And a lot more dangerous. Bayer has been trying for months  to buy  Monsanto. Dow and Dupont are in talks  to merge . And Switzerland-based Syngenta may soon  be owned  by ChemChina. It's bad enough that  less than a dozen multinational corporations  (including Monsanto, Dupont, Bayer and Syngenta) control nearly 70 percent of the global seed market. If these mergers and buyouts go through, that number will shrink even further. The recent merger and acquisition in the seed and chemical (why are the words ...
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Could President Obama Veto GMO Labeling Law? 25.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
I just asked President Obama to veto the GMO labeling law, S. 764, which establishes an almost meaningless national labeling standard for genetically modified foods. The action took maybe two minutes, and if enough of us speak up now, a travesty could be averted. We need real regulation, I believe, not a sham pretense. Instead of requiring U.S. food labels to state which specific GM ingredients a product contains, labels would have a short line of text that a product contains at least some GM ingredients (two vague options available), or else a barcode that may be scanned, but no requirement to disclose which exact ingredients are genetically modified. Labeling disclosure regulation would fall under the generally GMO-friendly U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), not the more health-conscience Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which already regulates labeling food ingredients. The USDA would need to set up a new apparatus to do what the FD does already -- a wasteful use of our tax dollars, you may ...
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The ABCs of genetically modified crops 19.7.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 Like this column? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. In recent months, there have been a number of announcements related to genetically modified (GM) crops. It's these events that have inspired me to write about GM crops now. Genetic modification is the introduction of new traits to an organism by making changes to its genetic makeup -- essentially by manipulating DNA. In recent months, there have been a number of announcements related to genetically modified crops. So, what actions are being taken in Canada and internationally to expand the debate about GM ...
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Monsanto Tries to Build a Society of GMO and Pesticide Devotees, One Child at a Time 19.7.2016 Truthout - All Articles
On October 14, 2015, the International Food Information Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation released a free, 38-page, downloadable lesson plan called " Bringing Biotechnology to Life: An Educational Resource for Grades 7-10 ."   The International Food Information Council is a  front group  funded by some of biggest names in biotech and junk food: Bayer, Dow, DuPont, Coca-Cola, Kellogg, Nestle  and more . The American Farm Bureau Federation, according to  SourceWatch , is a "right-wing lobbying front for big agribusiness and agribusiness-related industries that works to defeat labor and environmental initiatives, including climate change legislation." The organization is adamantly against GMO labels, and even  spoke out  against Roberts' and Stabenow's deal for being too lenient. The lesson plan created by the International Food Information Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation is deceptively innocuous until Lesson 7, which includes the theme, "Where would we be without 'GMOs'?" In ...
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