User: flenvcenter Topic: Food-Independent
Category: Food Systems :: Global Food System
Last updated: May 27 2015 22:35 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Factory Farms Continue to Dominate U.S. Livestock Industry 27.5.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Ace Hardware Commits to Action on Bee-Killing Pesticides 27.5.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Think Rabbit Is The 'New Ethical Meat'? Think Again. 26.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The nation's largest rabbit slaughterhouse claims it has changed its practices in response to an animal rights group’s recent undercover investigation, but the group’s findings nevertheless cast doubt on the idea that consuming rabbit is a more “ethical” choice than eating other types of meat. The Investigation Earlier this month, the nonprofit organization Last Chance For Animals released the findings of its four-week undercover investigation into Pel-Freez Foods , a rabbit processor in Rogers, Arkansas. To conduct the investigation, an LCA employee, whom the group identifies under the pseudonym “Sheila” for privacy reasons, took a job with Pel-Freez collecting blood from rabbits after they were killed -- to be sold later for medical research. While on the job, Sheila secretly filmed the slaughtering process. Nina Hauptman, LCA's director of campaigns, told The Huffington Post that what Sheila caught on tape amounts to “horrific cruelty.” In the footage, workers can be seen attempting to stun the ...
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Save the World's Small-Scale Farmers 26.5.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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'No More Poison': World Unites for Annual #MarchAgainstMonsanto 24.5.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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McDonald’s Workers Deliver 1.4 Million Petition Signatures to Company’s Annual Shareholder Meeting Calling for $15, Union Rights 21.5.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Why the Food Movement Must Build Power 21.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Mark Bittman's recent op-ed on the faults of the food movement provides a great opportunity to discuss how we should be engaging politically to demand a better food system; unfortunately, it misses the mark on why we are making limited progress on food policy issues. While it's refreshing to hear a food luminary acknowledge the importance of organizing, as a long time organizer, it's frustrating to me that he never addresses the fact that winning means building political power. His piece also criticizes the large segment of the movement that has begun to build that political power on labeling GMO foods. This is not a recipe for success. First off, Bittman questions if there is a food movement. But from the large number of national, state and local organizations and tens of thousands of individuals who are interested in a range of food related issues, it's clear there is a movement. The real challenge has been translating that movement into building political power. For the most part, food activism has ...
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The Wage War's Two Battlegrounds: The Ballot Box and the Board Room 21.5.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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The Wage War's Two Battlegrounds: The Ballot Box and the Board Room 21.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Members of Unite Here Local 11 voice their support for a $15 municipal minimum wage at Los Angeles City Council chambers on Tuesday. Thousands of McDonald's employees protest Wednesday outside the corporation's headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted 14-1 to adopt a citywide minimum wage of $15/hour by 2020. The next day, marching behind a giant banner that read, "McDonald's: $15 and Union Rights, Not Food Stamps," 5,000 cooks and cashiers show up at the company's corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, to kick off the largest-ever protest to hit the burger giant's annual shareholder meeting. These events represent the two battlegrounds in the growing war over wages taking place across the country. One strategy focuses on getting elected officials in local and state governments to adopt minimum wages above the federal level. The other strategy involves putting pressure on major employees -- typically highly visible companies that depend on positive ...
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5,000 Cooks and Cashiers Wage Largest-Ever Protest at McDonald’s Shareholder Meeting 21.5.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Decrying Corporate Greed, McDonald's Cooks and Cashiers Confront Shareholders 20.5.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Why President Obama’s Pollinator Strategy Won’t Solve Bee Crisis 20.5.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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The Silencing of Hector Valenzuela 20.5.2015 Truthout - All Articles
As the University of Hawai'i was cozying up to GMO giant Monsanto, one of the school's professors says that he was forced to tolerate a climate of "bigotry, retaliation and hostility" for speaking out about the potential risks of genetic engineering. The university disputes his charges. But Dr. Hector Valenzuela is not the only professor at the university who has been harassed for voicing concerns about biotechnology. University of Hawai'i Prof. Hector Valenzuela conducted experiments on organic farming at the university's Waimanalo Experiment Station on Oahu until the university shut down his research. (Photo: Will Caron) Truthout combats corporate power by bringing you trustworthy, independent news. Join our mission by making a donation now! As the University of Hawai‘i was cozying up to GMO giant Monsanto, one of the school’s professors says that he was forced to tolerate a climate of “bigotry, retaliation and hostility” for speaking out about the potential risks of genetic engineering. The university ...
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Obama's Advance Team Should Be Fired 20.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Obamas are proving singularly inept at choosing appropriate venues to highlight their initiatives. In June 2011 Michelle invited giant retailers, including Walmart to the White House to launch her effort to persuade the country's largest retailers to move into inner city "food deserts." She later visited a Walmart in Springfield, Illinois to applaud its corporate expansion into urban areas. My colleague at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance Stacy Mitchell chided Ms. Obama, "If you were to rank the factors that have contributed to the disappearance of neighborhood grocery stores over the last two decades, Walmart would be a pretty formidable contender for the top spot." Walmart has captured 25 percent of the nation's grocery market and in 29 metropolitan areas commands a 50 percent share. It has almost saturated rural and suburban America and now wants to massively move into urban areas. That is not sitting well with many of its targeted neighborhoods. Ms. Obama's advance team should have been ...
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Monsanto's Worst Fear May Be Coming True 20.5.2015 Truthout - All Articles
A chicken salad from Chipotle grill. (Photo: Elvert Barnes ) Want to challenge injustice and make real change happen? That’s Truthout’s goal - support our work with a donation today! The decision of the Chipotle restaurant chain to make its product lines GMO-free is not most people’s idea of a world-historic event. Especially since Chipotle, by US standards, is not a huge operation. A clear sign that the move is significant, however, is that Chipotle’s decision was met with a tidal-wave of establishment media abuse. Chipotle has been called irresponsible, anti-science, irrational, and much more by the Washington Post , Time Magazine , the Chicago Tribune , the LA Times , and many others. A business deciding to give consumers what they want was surely never so contentious. The media lynching of Chipotle has an explanation that is important to the future of GMOs. The cause of it is that there has long been an incipient crack in the solid public front that the food industry has presented on the GMO issue. ...
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Women and Biodiversity Feed the World, Not Corporations and GMOs 20.5.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Pollinator Task Force Misses Chance to Protect Bees from Toxic Pesticides 20.5.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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'The Bees Can't Wait': White House Plan to Save Pollinators Falls Short, Say Experts 19.5.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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White House Pollinator Strategy Won’t Solve Bee Crisis 19.5.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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White House Plan to Protect Pollinators Aims High but Falls Short on Deliverables 19.5.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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