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Monsanto and Big Food Losing the GMO and 'Natural' Food Fight 24.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
After 20 years of battling Monsanto and corporate agribusiness, food and farm activists in Vermont, backed by a growing movement across the country, are on the verge of a monumental victory -- mandatory labels on genetically engineered foods and a ban on the routine industry practice of labeling GMO-tainted foods as "natural." On April 16, 2014, the Vermont Senate passed H.112 by a vote of 28-2, following up on the passage of a similar bill in the Vermont House last year. The legislation, which requires all GMO foods sold in Vermont to be labeled by July 1, 2016, will now pass through a House/Senate conference committee before landing on Governor Peter Shumlin's desk, for final approval. Strictly speaking, Vermont's H.112 applies only to Vermont. But it will have the same impact on the marketplace as a federal law. Because national food and beverage companies and supermarkets will not likely risk the ire of their customers by admitting that many of the foods and brands they are selling in Vermont are ...
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Defeat of Ag-Gag Laws Mark Victories in Fight Against Animal Cruelty 24.4.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Matthew Dominguez

A demonstration against Ag-Gag legislation in Idaho earlier this year. (Credit: Flickr / cc / Mercy for Animals)Across the country, lobbyists for the meat and dairy industries have been pressuring legislators to pass laws that punish whistleblowers who expose crimes on agricultural facilities.

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Science of the Small With a Big Sustainable Impact: Interview With Novozymes' Adam Monroe 24.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As modern society evolves and the global population swells from 7 billion to more than 9 billion by 2050, the density of people and sprawl is shifting toward cities and coastlines. That change will have a profound impact on natural resources. Finding solutions for problems tied to runaway growth will be paramount in how we live, work, and sustain. Water, food, and the energy we consume and pollute, as a byproduct of industrialization, are not limitless. They resource networks are fragile. When we talk about resiliency in Hurricane Sandy terms, we need to think beyond facilities and infrastructure and make the natural resources we use more resilient, as well. Sustainability is one reason why "Europe plans to decarbonize by 2050," Connie Hedegaard stated at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) Summit held in New York City this month. The Danish politician is the European Commissioner for Climate Action in the European Commission. The panel discussion she sat on, Geopolitics of Phase Change, covered the ...
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Ikea Introduces Meatless Meatball, Highlights Need for More Corporate Action to Help Cut Meat Consumption 22.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

Following the latest United Nations report on climate change, retail giant Ikea says it will introduce “lower carbon alternatives” to its popular Swedish meatballs, including a vegetarian version. This is one of the first times a major retailer has introduced a meatless menu item explicitly to combat climate change.

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This Congressman Has A Plan To Save Sriracha 18.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A California congressman says the manufacturer of Sriracha should relocate to his district rather than leaving the state altogether. Huy Fong Foods, the maker of the popular hot sauce, was hit with a lawsuit last fall after residents near the Irwindale, Calif. factory complained of eye and throat irritation and headaches from the facility's chili pepper odor. In November, a Los Angeles judge ordered a " partial shutdown " of the factory on the grounds that the odor is "extremely annoying, irritating and offensive to the senses warranting consideration as a public nuisance." And in December, Huy Fong was ordered to hold its sauces for 30 days before shipping. Last week, Irwindale's city council officially declared the factory a public nuisance and gave it 90 days to eliminate the offending odors. The decision has led the manufacturer to consider moving the factory. "I have had the bad luck to move into a city with a government that acts like a local king," founder David Tran told the Los Angeles Times . ...
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Mandatory GMO Labeling Bill Passed In Vermont Senate, Could Be Nation's First 17.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Carey Gillam and Lisa Baertlein April 16 (Reuters) - The Vermont Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would make the state the first in the United States to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops. "We are really excited that Vermont is going to be leading on this," said Falko Schilling, a spokesman for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, which backed the bill. The bill, approved 28-2 by the Senate, has already passed the Vermont House of Representatives. It now goes back to the House to see if members will approve changes made by the Senate. The law is set to take effect July 1, 2016. The move in Vermont comes as the developers of genetically modified crops and U.S. grocery manufacturers push for passage of an opposing bill, introduced in Congress last week, that would nullify any state law that requires labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops. The Vermont law passed by the Senate would do just that - processed foods that contain ...
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Vermont Lawmakers Pass Country’s First No-Strings-Attached GMO Labeling Law 16.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

Today, by a vote of 28 to 2, the Vermont state senate passed H.112, a bill to require mandatory labeling of foods sold in Vermont that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The bill also makes it illegal to call any food product containing GMOs “natural” or “all natural.” Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require four or five other states to pass GMO labeling laws before they can be enacted, Vermont’s law contains no “trigger” clauses, making it the first “clean” GMO labeling law in the country.

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Federal Court Allows Non-Profit Groups to Defend Kaua’i County on Behalf of Taxpayers 15.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

The U.S. District Court of Hawaii today granted a Motion to Intervene jointly presented by Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice on behalf of several community non-profit groups. The order allows the groups to participate in a lawsuit filed by Syngenta and other pesticide companies challenging Kaua’i’s County Ordinance 960. Today’s order allows the groups, represented by council from CFS and Earthjustice, to defend the County of Kaua‘i’s 2013 pesticide disclosure law from the pesticide companies’ legal challenge.

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Where Did the Food Movement Go Wrong? 15.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Tove K. Danovich This article originally appeared on Food Politic . I should have seen it coming. In a time when politics are more polarized than ever, when every party seems to have their own news station, why would I think the food movement was somehow above sensationalism? I should have known that we were in for a rough ride when we started saying, "Big Ag is evil" and promoted GMO labeling campaigns by insinuating that if Monsanto produced Agent Orange (once reported as being "harmless"), anything else they made would be equally bad. When did the food movement become more about politics than actually making what we eat better? I got involved with food policy five years ago because something wasn't quite right with the way we were putting food on the table. I was -- one might say -- bothered by the idea that people go hungry while 35 million tons of food waste goes to United States' landfills each year. Troubled by the agricultural fertilizers that help to poison the Chesapeake Bay with 300 million ...
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FDA Decision to Expand Food Irradiation Masks Weak Import Inspections 11.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

“Today’s announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approving the use of ionizing radiation as a food safety measure for crustaceans continues to show how inadequate the FDA food inspection system is, especially for imported foods.

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'Monsanto, Koch Alliance'? GOP Congressman Pushes Bill to Block GMO Labeling 11.4.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Photo: Daniel Lobo/cc/flickrIn a move slammed as sealing "an unholy alliance between Monsanto and Koch Industries," a Kansas congressman has submitted legislation that would ban state-level GMO labeling ...
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Organic Gardening: 10 Tips to Success 11.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Dianne Venetta for GalTime.com Organic gardening is the method of gardening that utilizes only materials derived from living things, ie. all natural plant foods and pesticides. Once you know the basic tenets of this practice, organic vegetable gardening is simple. And the payoff is enormous: no toxic chemicals, no waste, better for the environment as a whole, and not to mention a crop full of natural, delicious vegetables. Remember these 10 steps and you'll have a successful crop in no time! Soil. It all begins here. Amending your soil with organic material such as composted manure or yard and kitchen scrap compost will get your dirt off to a good start. The inclusion of organic material provides a solid basis of nutrients for your plants which helps to cut down on the need for commercially made fertilizers and improves soil structure making it easier for your plant to absorb the important minerals they need. Sandy soil will not hold its moisture well. Heavy clay soil may prove too dense for healthy ...
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'Monsanto, Koch Alliance'? GOP Congressman Pushes Bill to Block GMO Labling 11.4.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Photo: Daniel Lobo/cc/flickrIn a move slammed as sealing "an unholy alliance between Monsanto and Koch Industries," a Kansas congressman has submitted legislation that would ban state-level GMO labeling ...
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Walmart's Making It Cheaper For America To Buy Organic Groceries 10.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
There's a new line of affordable organic food available at -- you guessed it, because their movement toward organic has been happening for a while -- Walmart. We've all heard the rallying cry of organic food proponents. They beg us to leave behind our affordable (but convenient-to-find) groceries, and replace them with more expensive (but healthier, both for ourselves and the environment) organic versions. But for the most part, America hasn't been able to get past the higher price-point to jump on the organic bandwagon. Walmart has recognized that 91 percent of its shoppers would be interested in purchasing organic groceries if they were more affordable, and on Thursday the company announced that it's going to finally give customers what they want -- a line of organic foods that costs the same as non-organic. Walmart embarks upon a partnership with Wild Oats organic food brand, together promising to remove the premium associated with organic groceries and sell them in parity with national brand ...
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GMO Pushers and The Art of War 10.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In The Art of War the famous strategist Sun Tzu writes, "The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent." Sun Tzu could write a whole new chapter about Monsanto and the other pushers of genetically modified foods, or GMO. On Wednesday, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) carried Monsanto's torch when he introduced legislation to block GMO labeling. Over the last two days, Center for Food Safety , along with Environmental Working Group and Just Label It, organized and participated in over 100 meetings on Capitol Hill, with dozens of "good" food corporations and organizations supporting the public's right to know what they are eating, urged House and Senate members to co-sponsor a bill requiring GMO labeling on food products. The bill, known as the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, was first introduced in April 2013 by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR). The public wants GMO labeling. In fact, a staggering 93 percent of Americans polled say ...
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Rockweed: Failing Down the Food Chain 9.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I live on the Gulf of Maine in the northeastern corner of the United States. This coast is characterized by hard granite edges and islands that have supported communities first based on fishing and farming, later evolved with the arrival of summer visitors and tourists, and now with retired or urban flight year-round residents. The heart and soul of Maine is its relationship with the ocean and surely that is the reason that I too came aground here. Artists have rendered our shoreline for centuries -- the gray, grained walls against which the sea breaks constantly, the edge with its occasional gravel beaches, pools filled with marine life, and dark forms of seaweed, mostly rockweed, seen moving below the high water, then revealed as the tide recedes to a clinging mass of varied greens and yellow strands of glistening plant life teeming with small marine species, seen and unseen. This weed constitutes shelter for such species, an incubation place for plankton, sea urchins, periwinkles, and other shellfish, ...
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7 secrets for healthful hospital food, from asparagus to tomatoes 8.4.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Here's how a Michigan farmer's daughter is leading the way to connect local food growers with hospitals for better food in healthcare.

7 secrets for healthful hospital food, from asparagus to tomatoes
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Don’t Panic, Go Organic: The IPCC Report Should be a Wakeup Call for Climate-Smart Food 8.4.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Anna Lappé

The just-released synthesis report on global warming from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has prompted some to start name-dropping Thomas Malthus. Malthus, you may remember, was the 19th Century British economist and demographer who warned that population growth would inevitably lead to global food shortages.

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Organic Consumers Association Comments on New Study Showing Glyphosate Found in Mothers' Breast Milk 7.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) today called on U.S. regulatory agencies, including the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ban the use of glyphosate based on a new pilot study showing that the toxic herbicide was found in the breast milk of American women.

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Are Humane Farming Practices Entering Into the Public Conscience? 4.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I asked Chef Jared Van Camp on the November 2012 Dinner Party if we would ever have food in grocery stores like the food that we have in restaurants: food from small farms with the emphasis on humane standards. Produce in stores has been organic for years, but we haven't been seeing meat from small farms emphasizing the humane treatment of the animals. Indeed it seems that no one can even agree on the terminology of what signifies humane treatment. Cage-free? Free range? Pasture-raised? And what about processing? Processing and the conditions therein are rarely mentioned. Seemingly unfathomable, many animals are transported up to 1,000 miles in horrid, cramped conditions on top of each other to be lead to a processing plant where hundreds at a time are forced to slaughter within earshot of each other. I wondered when humane conditions in farms would become a topic people cared about. Jared's response was interesting. "It is considered the Top Chef vocation of our chef culture to disseminate ...
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