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Trump and Trade: The Perils for Agriculture 17.1.2017 Truthout.com
The news is full of efforts to read the tea leaves of incoming President Trump's startling and somewhat erratic pronouncements on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  NAFTA was a bad deal, he says , and as a consummate dealmaker, he will tear up the existing agreement and get America a better deal. Perhaps he'll raise tariffs across the board, sending up trial balloons of 5 or even 10 percent  tariff hikes . Perhaps he'll go after currency manipulation, although that hasn't really been an issue so far with Canada or Mexico. What ties together all of these edicts is that they are simplistic, blunt instruments to fix complex problems. In the case of NAFTA, for example,  trade flows among the three countries  have quadrupled since the agreement began. That means goods -- and investments -- flowing back and forth across borders to create complex supply chains. Take the  example of pork production . US corn and soy exports to Mexico have soared, as has domestic and foreign investment in ...
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Is IoT the secret ingredient for tackling food waste? 10.1.2017 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Whole Foods is among the early adopters for its Grind2Energy service, now powered by the Internet of Things.
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Consumer Groups Petition 16 Fast Food Chains to Reduce Antibiotic Use; Burger King’s Announcement Doesn’t Cut the Mustard 5.1.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Food Safety Consumer health and food safety groups today delivered petitions signed by more than 125,000 people to the CEOs of 16 fast food restaurants, calling on them to stop the unnecessary use of antibiotics in their meat and poultry supply. Medical experts agree that the overuse of antibiotics in livestock poses a major public health threat by increasing the spread of deadly drug-resistant bacteria, yet 2015 data from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shows that the use of antibiotics in agriculture continues to ...
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Are 'open source' seeds necessary for a resilient food system? 4.1.2017 GreenBiz.com
As the global agriculture industry consolidates with the recent merger between Monsanto and Bayer, the question is raised: What does it mean for the rest of us?
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For Our Food System's Sake, Let's Say "No" to Corporate Consolidation 1.1.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Anna Lappé, Lisa Palmer

When you look to the year ahead, what do you see? Ensia recently invited eight global thought leaders to share their thoughts. In this interview with Ensia contributor Lisa Palmer for Ensia’s 2017 print annual, Real Food Media founder Anna Lappé responds to three questions: What will be the biggest challenge to address or opportunity to grasp in your field in 2017? Why?

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The Demise of Greece's Agricultural Commons 26.12.2016 Truthout.com
Greece has one of the largest per capita agricultural populations in Europe and yet, it imports most of its fruits and vegetables from the European Union. This is because farming -- other than commercial monoculture crops grown using pesticides -- is no longer viable, even with EU subsidies. (Photo: Lezsec Kruk ; Edited: LW / TO) When I tell people that I had a challenging time finding organic produce in Greece this past summer, the reaction is mostly the same: In Greece -- the land of Zeus and honey? How can that be? A meager 3.8 percent of farmland in Greece is dedicated to organic farming, according to the European Commissioner Phil Hogan . The romantic notion and collective imprint that everything in Greece is pristine is understandable, given that farming is part of the country's cultural fabric and legacy. Organophosphates and neonicotinoids weren't part of the ancient world. Furthermore, when it comes to Greek agriculture, the nuclear family has always been the main source of labor. "Nearly every ...
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Obama Administration Report Card: Domestic Policy 21.12.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Grade C+ Overall Grade C Obama came to power with a historic opportunity in that he had strong political support to enact far-reaching social reforms with the Democrats controlling the House of Representatives and Congress. However, Obama made the fateful error of ignoring and demobilizing his progressive political base and appointed Wall Street figures to head his economic policy team and conservative Democrats like Rahm Emmanuel who were hostile to progressive ideals. Obama's failings opened the door for the Tea Party movement and GOP while economic recovery from the 2008 financial crash was slow to materialize. Obama is a charismatic speaker who led a scandal free administration. He faced a racist backlash and unprecedented efforts by a radicalized GOP to undermine his presidency. However, he himself was too vacillating, adopting a style as one critic put it in which he would "give away 90 percent of the ground before even starting to negotiate." He ceded too much on health care reform, deregulation, ...
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They Lost Their Jungles to Plantations, but These Indigenous Women Grew Them Back 11.12.2016 Truthout - All Articles
It is early morning in Dhepagudi, a sleepy hamlet nestled in the green hills of Odisha, India. Admai Kumruka is sifting millet in a traditional sieve made of bamboo strips. Children mill around, playing on a mud and sand mound. A few huts down, Rello Dindika is sorting through harvested corn. A group of women are chopping fresh pumpkin leaves and flowers for a stir-fry dish. They have finished morning chores and farming work and are now preparing breakfast. Some of the corn will be ground to a powder for a wholesome porridge. The rest will be popped in clay vessels for evening snacks. "We have mandya or kosla [varieties of millets] or maka [corn] porridge in the mornings sometimes with roots and tubers or gondri saag [a variety of greens] foraged from the jungles," Kumruka says. "In the afternoons and evenings, we make rice with tubers, vegetables and legumes. Sometimes we add wild mushrooms or jhotta [okra] and holud [turmeric roots]." The women belong to the Khond community, a large indigenous tribal ...
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Why IBM sees blockchain as a breakthrough for traceability 8.12.2016 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
The tech giant is behind two intriguing supply chain projects, with more to come.
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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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