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Category: Food Systems :: Global Food System
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Burger King Deal With Tim Hortons May Be Disastrous For Rainforests 29.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Burger King’s plan to merge with doughnut chain Tim Hortons in Canada may be a bad sign for Southeast Asia’s rainforests. Both companies have come under fire from environmental groups for their heavy use of questionably sourced palm oil. Skyrocketing demand for the oil, produced from red palm trees, has pushed plantation owners in Malaysia and Indonesia to cut down large swaths of rainforest. Now, advocates fear that Burger King's plan to build the fastest-growing fast food empire in the world will lead to a marked uptick in the destruction. “Few recognize the threat this merger poses to the world’s tropical rainforests,” Lael Goodman, an analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said in a statement . “Both companies have appalling track records on palm oil.” Palm oil is a vegetable oil used in everything from cosmetics to flavoring. Its popularity has soared since 2003, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began requiring manufacturers to list trans fats on nutrition labels and people started ...
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EU-US Trade Deal Lets Corporate Interests Steamroll Food Safety, Groups Warn 28.8.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Burger King 'Inversion' Allows It to Profit Off Public, Dodge Taxes, say Critics 28.8.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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The Fall and Rise of Investigative Journalism 26.8.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Mars: To transform raw materials supply, we must work together 26.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Creating sustainable supply of key ingredients is not an area for competition, says the confectioner's sustainability director, Kevin Rabinovitch.

Mars: To transform raw materials supply, we must work together
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Burger King Fans Call For Boycott Over Tax Dodge 26.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK -- Burger King is getting whopped over its plan to avoid U.S. taxes by fleeing to Canada. People flooded the fast-food chain’s Facebook page on Monday with threats of a boycott after the company announced talks to merge with Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons. The combined company would be headquartered in Canada. Burger King is just the latest American company to attempt a so-called tax inversion -- where a bigger U.S. company buys a smaller foreign firm in a country with a lower tax rate, renounces its U.S. corporate citizenship and then reincorporates in the other nation. Politicians and pundits have said the moves amount to little more than unpatriotic ploys to avoid paying taxes. The corporate tax rate in the U.S. is 35 percent, the highest in the world. Canada's is about 15 percent. "Move to Canada to avoid paying taxes and I will never darken the door of a Burger King again," Mike Gee, of Magnolia, Arkansas, wrote in a comment. "Does corporate greed in this country ever ...
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ConAgra joins movement for deforestation-free palm oil 25.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Large investors withdraw a shareowner resolution after the packaged food giant agrees to remove tree-cutting palm oil suppliers from its supply chain.

ConAgra joins movement for deforestation-free palm oil
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What's Holding Back the Organic Food and Farming Revolution 23.8.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Nestlé to Overhaul Farm Animal Treatment Across the Globe 21.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The world's largest food company has spoken: cruelty on factory farms has got to go. Nestlé is the single-biggest maker of food across the globe, with dozens of widely known brands such as Dreyer's, Lean Cuisine and Butterfinger. Today, the company announced an industry-leading animal welfare program that will eliminate many controversial-yet-currently-standard practices within its worldwide food supply chain. The announcement is the latest, and one of the biggest, in a series of actions by major food retailers, moving them away from an industrial-type production system that is callous and unforgiving toward animals. Particularly, Nestlé's new program will cleanse its supply chain of the following practices: confinement of sows in gestation crates, calves in veal crates and egg-laying chickens in cages; the forced rapid growth of chickens used for meat products; and the harsh cutting of the horns, tails and genitals of farm animals without painkillers. Bundling all of these reforms together, this ...
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The Overlooked Plight of Factory Farm Workers 19.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In December, NBC News published a story on an undercover video of animal cruelty in a contract farm to Tyson Meats . If you haven't seen it already, I highly recommend watching it. If nothing else, this is one perspective of a frightening story and spectacularly succeeds in giving one a sense of the problem that we have on our hands. The footage shows brutal and harsh treatment of pigs in a barn-like facility. The article offers a warning on the graphic nature of the video, brief summarizes the footage, and then goes on to quote an apology from Tyson, who promises to terminate its contract with that farm. This resolution leaves us with a nice sense of closure, but frankly, the entire story alarms me. In telling this story, the video means to evoke a sense of outrage and disgust, and in that I think it succeeds spectacularly. But the disgust it raises is wholly directed towards the workers. We see scene after scene of workers performing acts of violence against pigs, with no sense of what the workers are ...
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Kellogg's sets crunch time goals for climate 18.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

All suppliers will be required to reduce, measure and disclose their greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2015.

Kellogg's sets crunch time goals for climate
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Eco-Friendly Agriculture Puts Down Roots in Spain 15.8.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Why business needs to view farm animal rights as a green issue 11.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

The president of the Humane Society of the United States talks about how his organization is pushing corporations to change their practices.

Why business needs to view farm animal rights as a green issue
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Dog Thrown From Moving Car On New Jersey's Garden State Parkway 11.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A dog was apparently thrown from a moving vehicle on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey on Saturday and struck by another car -- yet somehow managed to survive the ordeal, according to multiple reports. The mixed terrier, a female, is in stable condition at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital . Vets treated the dog for internal bleeding and other injuries , NBC New York reported. The hospital provided an update on Facebook on Sunday: Post by Red Bank Veterinary Hospital . A good Samaritan saw the injured dog, stopped traffic to help get her out of the road, then called police, Victor “Buddy” Amato, chief law enforcement officer for the Monmouth County SPCA, told NJ.com. The dog has been named Tara after New Jersey State Trooper Tara Karagias, who brought her to the hospital. “By her racing it over to the Red Bank animal hospital, they were able to control the internal bleeding,” Amato was quoted as saying. “ The dog would have went into shock and died if she didn’t do that .” Police have not yet determined ...
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'Outrage' Follows USDA's Advancement of New Genetically Engineered Crops 8.8.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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From clean rooms to grow rooms: High-tech companies cultivate indoor farms 8.8.2014 TreeHugger
Tech companies that are more familiar to us as gadget and electronics manufacturers are beginning to branch out into indoor farming, applying their tech skills to growing veggies as well.
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Farmers, Environmental Groups Defend Moratorium of GMO Crops on Hawai‘i’s Big Island 5.8.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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The United States' Farm-Grown Terrorism 5.8.2014 Truthout.com
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We Can Reverse Climate Change by the Way We Grow Food 1.8.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Fine Print of the Food Wars 1.8.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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