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Smithfield's climate goals show leadership 7.12.2016 GreenBiz.com
The world's largest pork company becomes the first livestock company to reduce GHG emissions through its supply chain.
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New Report Confirms Bee-Killing Pesticides Cause Other Widespread Environmental Harm 6.12.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
New Report Confirms Bee-Killing Pesticides Cause Other Widespread Environmental Harm
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What can small farms learn from 'the Toyota Way?' 5.12.2016 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Some farmers are using lean manufacturing to streamline operations and focus on customers' needs.
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We've Been Sold a Lie for Two Decades About Genetically Engineered Foods 5.12.2016 Truthout - All Articles
It appears Europe has been right all along to renounce genetically engineered (GE) crops. An in-depth examination recently published by The New York Times found that GE crops have largely failed to achieve two of the technology's primary objectives: to increase crop yields and decrease pesticide use. (Photo: Unsplash ) Editor's note from AlterNet: The terms GE (genetic engineering) and GMO (genetically modified organism) are often used interchangeably, but their meanings are different. GMOs, which are produced when plant breeders select genetic traits that may also occur naturally, have been around for centuries. Common examples are seedless watermelons and modern broccoli. The subject of much recent debate are GE foods, which have only been around in recent decades and are produced by transferring genes between organisms. The resulting GE organisms -- either plant-, or in the case of GE salmon, animal-based -- would not otherwise occur in nature. This article is about GE foods. In 1994, a tomato known ...
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The CETA Vote: Will the European Parliament Learn From BREXIT and Trump? 2.12.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Shefali Sharma

Our tour across Europe on Selling Off the Farm Corporate Meat’s Takeover Through TTIP and its links to the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) launched on November 29 at the European Parliament.

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Six Reasons We’ll Need to Ramp Up the #ConsumerRevolution under Trumpism 1.12.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Katherine Paul

If ever conditions were ripe for revolution, that time is now—especially for anyone who cares about their health, and the health of planet earth. 

President-Elect Donald Trump’s short lists for his environment and agriculture cabinet appointments are dominated by entrenched D.C. insiders, career politicians and industry lobbyists. Not one of these proposed “leaders” supports policies that would lead to healthier food, a cleaner environment or a cooler planet.  

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The end of coconut water? The world's trendiest nut is under threat of species collapse 28.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Roland Bourdeix , Cirad "Orange juice for breakfast is over," an investor interested in creating large, fair trade coconut plantations recently joked to me. These days, coconut water is king. For the trendy and the wealthy, including celebrities such as Rihanna, Madonna or Matthew McConaughey, rarest coconut water extracted from the aromatic varieties of the nut, is the "it" drink and even a source of income . Coconut water is being sold by luxury brands, at up to US$7 for 33 cl, about the same price as basic champagne. A booming market Even President Barack Obama loves coconuts. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters There is no doubt that the coconut market is exploding. Coconut water currently represents an annual turnover of US$2 billion. It is expected to reach US$4 billion in the next five years. In 2007, a 25% stake in Vitacoco , the largest brand for coconut water, was sold for US$7 million to Verlinvest company. Seven years later, another 25% stake in Vitacoco was again sold to Red Bull China for about US$166 ...
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People’s Assembly on Dow-DuPont crimes of Genocide and Ecocide 24.11.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Navdanya International In remembrance of the Bhopal gas genocide, Navdanya along with other civil society organisations is organising a People’s Assembly against Dow/DuPont, on November 29th 2016. This will be an assessment of Dow/DuPont’s crimes in terms of having committed genocide and ecocide against the people of Bhopal. This is the 32nd anniversary of the struggle for Bhopal, and together we are calling for ” No More Bhopal” by presenting an alternative: a poison-free organic ...
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Before the Holiday Feast: New Data on Pesticides in Food Raises Safety Questions 23.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As American gather their families to share a Thanksgiving meal this week, new government data offers a potentially unappetizing assessment of the U.S. food supply: Residues of many types of insecticides, fungicides and weed killing chemicals have been found in roughly 85 percent of thousands of foods tested. Data released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows varying levels of pesticide residues in everything from mushrooms to potatoes and grapes to green beans. One sample of strawberries contained residues of 20 pesticides, according to the "Pesticide Data Program" (PDP) report issued this month by the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. The report is the 25th annual such compilation of residue data for the agency, and covered sampling the USDA did in 2015 Notably, the agency said only 15 percent of the 10,187 samples tested were free from any detectable pesticide residues. That's a marked difference from 2014, when the USDA found that over 41 percent of samples were "clean" or ...
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Investors urge Cargill, Smithfield to address water pollution 21.11.2016 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
They're among four big global meat producers targeted in letter-writing campaign.
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Trump Talk of Pompeo for Cabinet Could Spell Setback for Consumers 18.11.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
News that President-elect Donald Trump is considering U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo for a cabinet slot illustrates just how dark the days ahead might be for America's burgeoning "food movement," which has been advocating for more transparency and fewer pesticides in food production. Pompeo, a Republican from the farm state of Kansas, was the designated hitter for Monsanto Co. and the other Big Ag chemical and seed players in 2014 when the industry rolled out a federal effort to block states from mandating the labeling of genetically modified foods. Pompeo introduced the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act" in April of that year with the intention of overriding bills in roughly two dozen states. In bringing the bill forward, Pompeo was acting on behalf the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), which represents the interests of the nation's largest food and beverage companies. The bill, which critics called the "Deny Americans the Right to Know" Act, or the "DARK Act," went through two years of controversy and ...
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This new gadget promises to transform food scraps into fertilizer in 24 hours 16.11.2016 TreeHugger
The Zera Food Recycler, from Whirlpool Corporation's innovation incubator, WLabs, is a residential "composting" appliance for kitchen scraps.
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Food & Water Watch Applauds Demise of Trans-Pacific Partnership 16.11.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

“After years of campaigning against the fatally flawed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the deal appears dead. The TPP represented the latest in a string of trade deals that put corporate interests ahead of communities, workers, public health and the environment.

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Tests Show Monsanto Weed Killer in Cheerios, Other Popular Foods 14.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Independent testing on an array of popular American food products found many samples contained residue levels of the weed killer called glyphosate, leading the nonprofit organization behind the testing to call for corporate and regulatory action to address consumer safety concerns. The herbicide residues were found in cookies, crackers, popular cold cereals and chips commonly consumed by children and adults, according to Food Democracy Now and the group's "Detox Project," which arranged for the testing at the San Francisco-based Anresco lab. Anresco uses liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), a method widely considered by the scientific community and regulators as the most reliable for analyzing glyphosate residues. The groups issued a report Monday that details the findings. The announcement of the private tests comes as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is struggling with its own efforts to analyze how much of the herbicide residues might be present in certain foods. Though ...
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FDA Suspends Glyphosate Residue Testing, 2,4-D Also Under Microscope 11.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Government testing for residues of an herbicide that has been linked to cancer has been put on hold, slowing the Food and Drug Administration's first-ever endeavor to get a handle on just how much of the controversial chemical is making its way into U.S. foods. The FDA, the nation's chief food safety regulator, launched what it calls a "special assignment" earlier this year to analyze certain foods for residues of the weed killer called glyphosate after the agency was criticized by the U.S. Government Accountability Office for failing to include glyphosate in annual testing programs that look for many less-used pesticides. Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world, and is the key ingredient in Monsanto Co.'s branded Roundup herbicide line. Glyphosate is under particular scrutiny now after the World Health Organization's cancer experts last year declared the chemical a probable human carcinogen . Several private groups and nonprofits have been doing their own testing, and have been ...
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Is Soil our Secret Weapon Against Climate Change? 11.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
What if one of the planet's secret weapons in the fight against climate change was all around us? What if every country had it in abundance, and it could also be used at the same time to give a better life to those most in need? Too good to be true? Most of us might guess that the answer lies in clean energy, car-pooling or ramping up recycling only - but then you would be missing a big opportunity that's literally right under our feet: soil. With COP22 under way after entry into force of the Paris climate deal last Friday, focusing on soil could help us move from having a clear target to making actionable progress for the development of a sustainable agricultural sector, worldwide. The intersection between climate change and agriculture is crucial to understanding the key role farmers play in mitigating climate change. Soil is one of a farmer's greatest assets. It is a critical component of the farming system, making a vital contribution to food security, effective water and energy utilization. An ...
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We Cannot Be Discouraged; Let’s Keep Building Our Movement 9.11.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

“In the first election in 50 years without the protections of the Voting Rights Act, Republicans have swept the House and Senate, and Donald J. Trump has been elected our new president on a platform that has featured racism and xenophobia. If his campaign is any indication of his presidency, this is a major disaster for civil rights and press freedoms.

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How Sustainable Is It To Ditch Your Carnivorous Lifestyle? 5.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Even if you're a carnivore at heart, you already know the argument for going vegan - it's better for the animals, your health and the environment. While the first two are irrevocably true, a recent study published in Elementa, a journal on the science of the anthropocene, reveals that being vegan may not be as sustainable as you think. So the question now remains: How much are you really helping the environment by changing your diet? On one hand, animal agriculture does, indeed, have a devastating toll on our land and resources. Saving water by turning off the tap sounds easy enough, but slicing into your glistening steak dinner isn't exactly eco-friendly. For starters, growing enough food for farm animals requires a great deal of fertilizers, land and water. It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce just one pound of meat while only 25 gallons are required to grow one pound of wheat, reports Peta . Add this depletion of resources to the fact that animal waste is a leading cause of pollution ...
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More Bad News for Honey as U.S. Seeks to Get Handle on Glyphosate Residues in Food 2.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Testing for residues of an herbicide developed by Monsanto Co. that has been linked to cancer has turned up high levels in honey from the key farm state of Iowa, adding to concerns about contamination that have triggered at least two lawsuits against honey industry players and prompted scrutiny by regulators. The Food and Drug Administration began glyphosate residue testing in a small number of foods earlier this year after the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen in March 2015. The "special assignment," as the FDA refers to the testing project, is the first time the FDA has ever looked for glyphosate residues in food, though it annually tests foods for numerous other pesticides. Research by FDA chemist Narong Chamkasem and John Vargo, a chemist at the University of Iowa, shows that residues of glyphosate - the chief ingredient in Monsanto's branded Roundup herbicide - have been detected at 653 parts per billion, more than 10 times the limit of ...
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Industry Watchdog: USDA Allowing Illegal “Organic” Produce Production 1.11.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

An organic industry watchdog contends the USDA has quietly allowed a flood of hydroponically-produced fruits and vegetables, largely imported, to be illegally labeled and sold as “organic.” This produce is generally grown under artificial lighting, indoors, and on an industrial scale.

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