On December 31 2020, the newsrack service will be shut down permanently.

It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

If you need to access any data, email me: subbu at newsrack.in

User: flenvcenter Topic: Food-National
Category: Food Security :: Food Sovereignty
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Lawsuit: Tyson Managers Bet Money on How Many Workers Would Contract COVID-19 20.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

A wrongful death lawsuit tied to COVID-19 infections in a Waterloo pork processing plant alleges that during the initial stages of the pandemic, Tyson Foods ordered employees to report for work while supervisors privately wagered money on the number of workers who would be sickened by the deadly virus.

Prospective Association Between Organic Food Consumption and the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes: Findings From the Nutrinet-Santé Cohort Study 19.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Organic food (OF) consumption has substantially increased in high income countries, mostly driven by environmental concerns and health beliefs. Lower exposure to synthetic pesticides has been systematically documented among consumers of organic products compared to non-consumers.

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Washington Court Upholds Record $18 Million Fine Against Food Industry 17.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

An association of food and drink makers will continue to fight a record $18 million fine levied against it for concealing the names of companies that spent heavily in 2013 to defeat a GMO-labeling initiative in Washington.

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Agribusiness Interests Hijack 2021 UN Food Systems Summit 15.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

This World Food Day (October 16) amidst the ongoing pandemic and the devastating impact of the climate crisis, a Food Systems Summit is being planned a year from now by the United Nations, to fulfil the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Regenerative Is the New Buzzword, but What Does It Mean? 15.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Regenerative agriculture is the fastest-growing trend in farming and food. A tipping point seems to have been reached as more and more food companies, small and large, make commitments to advance regenerative agriculture with its focus on soil health and carbon sequestration to reverse climate change.

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World Economic Forum’s ‘Great Reset’ Plan for Big Food Benefits Industry, Not People 11.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) The Great Reset includes a plan to transform the global food and agricultural industries and the human diet. The architects of the plan  claim it will reduce food scarcity, hunger and disease, and even mitigate climate change.

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Opinion: Food Security Can Bring Peace – but Agroecology Makes It Last 5.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Amrita Gupta is the communications lead for the Agroecology Fund and Daniel Moss is its executive director. Anna Lappé directs the food and democracy program of the Panta Rhea Foundation and is a member of the fund.

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Want a More Sustainable Food System? Focus on Better Dirt 5.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Regenerative agriculture is new way of growing food that’s designed to enhance soil health. Proponents say the practice benefits farmers and food production, while helping to mitigate climate change

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Uncovering Food Fraud in the Olive and Avocado Oil Industries 3.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Where’s the vegetable oil in your kitchen? Sitting next to the stovetop? Above the microwave? Tucked away on a pantry shelf next to the baking items? If you’re fancy, you may have an elegant olive oil dispenser on your dining room table. Many of us use vegetable oil on a regular basis for stir-frying, sauteing, and dressing salads.

Impossible Milk Could Be Coming To Your Cereal Bowl 27.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

An Impossible milk, which is still in development, would be nothing like soy or other plant-based milks, promised CEO Pat Brown. Instead, the company wants the beverage to taste like the real thing. Any such drink is a long way from shelves, if it ever makes it to the market. 

The Pandemic Has Given Organics a Big Boost—but Most Profits Aren’t Flowing To Small Producers 24.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

When COVID-19 forced communications consultant Kyle Freund and his wife to work from home this spring, the Madison, Wisconsin couple and their 5-year-old daughter began seeking out organic produce from small local farms. They stopped patronizing large supermarkets, shopped only at the co-op, and subscribed to a community supported agriculture (CSA) program through a nearby farm.

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The Pandemic Has the Potential To Finally Transform Meat Processing in the U.S. 22.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

This time last year, Tyrone Gustafson’s small Iowa slaughterhouse and butchering facility, Story City Locker, was operating at about 80 percent capacity. Today, he estimates the demand has surged to approximately 120 percent and his slaughter and butchering schedule is booked out through the end of 2021.

Essential Oils Could Help Protect Organic Fruits Crops 14.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

While plant disease is difficult to control in organic fruits, researchers at the University of Hawaii are studying essential oils to see if they might provide a solution. Finding ways to improve feasibility and long-term profitability of organic fruit production is the basis of a nearly $2 million Initiative awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to a team of 15.

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Gates Foundation Doubles Down on Misinformation Campaign at Cornell as African Leaders Call for Agroecology 6.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded another $10 million last week to the controversial Cornell Alliance for Science, a communications campaign housed at Cornell that trains fellows in Africa and elsewhere to promote and defend genetically engineered foods, crops and agrichemicals.

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FDA Releases ‘Feed Your Mind’ Messages on GE Foods 2.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

In an effort to educate consumers on genetically engineered, aka genetically modified (GMO), foods, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has compiled a packet of messages on what GMOs are and where you can find them.

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Organic Food Is a ‘Human Right’, Says Leading Food Scientist 29.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

From seed to harvest, the food that arrives on our plates is far from its natural form. Whilst the majority of the population trust in farmers, supply chains and environmental regulations, we are often exposed to a toxic concoction of chemicals. 

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Berkeley To Be First US City To Ban Junk Food and Candy in Grocery Checkout Aisles 29.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The city of Berkeley, California, is trying to make its residents healthier. As part of a health initiative, Berkeley is getting ready to become the first city in the US to require large grocery stores to stop selling junk food and candy in checkout aisles. The new rule is expected to go into effect March 2021.

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In a Year of Climate Reckoning, Where Does Joe Biden Stand on Climate and Agriculture? 27.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Last fall—in debates, Town Hall meetings, and interviews—nearly every Democratic presidential candidate pointed to connections between food production and the climate crisis. And the similarities went further than that: a whopping 10 candidates agreed that the next administration should pay farmers to adopt climate-friendly practices.

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Our Food System Is Broken and Inhumane, But It Can Be Fixed 23.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The facts are clear and they are shocking: Factory farming is unhealthy for consumers, dangerous for workers, and devastating for the environment, and it is the largest cause of animal cruelty in the history of mankind.

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Dead Meat 17.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

On April 28, Trump signed an executive order declaring that the operation of meatpacking plants was a national security priority and directed his administration to "take all appropriate action" to "ensure that meat and poultry processors continue operations." Trump also ordered meatpackers to "continue their operations to the fullest extent possible." At the time, 6,500 meatpacking workers had been diagnosed with COVID-19, and 20 had died.

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