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Good food is never cheap and cheap food is never good 29.7.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Twenty years ago I wrote that family farms in Canada were at a pivotal point in their evolution. Farmers could continue growing crops based on the corporate agenda or they could lessen their ecological impact by adopting a model that encouraged eating local, in-season, organically grown indigenous foods. Consumer buying power was imperative to changing the way food was grown and distributed. Ironically, very little has changed. Canadians have developed a sense of entitlement when it comes to buying cheap food. What's really needed are consumers who recognize they have a duty to ensure fairness within the marketplace. This begins with paying farmers a reasonable price for the food they produce and extends to buying food that is produced in an ecologically responsible ...
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Understanding the Controversy and Science of GMOs 28.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Nirvana Abou-Gabal The subject of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) is one of the most hotly-debated food and environmental topics in the world today. Just look at the response to Chipotle's recent announcement that the chain would cease to include GMO ingredients on its menu. Health advocates applauded the move as a step in the right direction on the heels of Whole Foods' 2013 commitment to label all genetically-modified products in its stores by 2018 . Detractors called it yet another example of a food maker using unsubstantiated claims to sell food and hypocritical , given that the chain will continue to serve soda, which contains high-fructose corn syrup made with genetically-modified corn. Related: 4 Things That Affect Weight That Have Little to Do with Food At the crux of the controversy are a number of unknowns about the long-term health effects of ingesting genetically-modified (GM) foods and the impact these plants and accompanying farming methods have on the environment. With some ...
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Surprise! Pro-GMO Lawmakers Get Big Funds from Agribusiness Lobbies 27.7.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Ruthless Power and Deleterious Politics: From DDT to Roundup 27.7.2015 Truthout.com
Farm equipment sprays glysophate onto crops. (Photo: Chafer Machinery ) Do you want media that's accountable to YOU, not to corporate sponsors? Help publish journalism with real integrity and independence - click here to donate to Truthout! Morton Biskind, a physician from Westport, Connecticut, was a courageous man. At the peak of the cold war, in 1953, he complained of maladies afflicting both domestic animals and people for the first time. He concluded that the popular insect poison DDT was the agent of their disease. DDT, he said, was "dangerous for all animal life from insects to mammals." The Reign of DDT Yet, he was astonished at what little was done to restrict or ban DDT. On the contrary, officials and scientists defended it: "[V]irtually the entire apparatus of communication, lay and scientific alike, has been devoted to denying, concealing, suppressing, distorting… [the bad news about DDT]. Libel, slander and economic boycott have not been overlooked… And a new principle of toxicology has… ...
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This Scientist Might End Animal Cruelty—Unless GMO Hardliners Stop Him 27.7.2015 Mother Jones
Maybe you've watched the undercover video : A farmer presses a hot iron into the scalp of a wide-eyed calf, burning away tissue that is beginning to turn into horns. She writhes, moaning pathetically, and collapses in the dirt. When Scott Fahrenkrug saw that footage, released by Mercy for Animals in 2010, it made him sick to his stomach. Most of the roughly 9 million dairy cows in the United States have been dehorned —with an iron, clippers, or caustic paste—to protect handlers and other cows. Fahrenkrug, then a professor in the department of animal science at the University of Minnesota, decided to do something to stop it. "I started talking to producers, and it became real clear to me that it wasn't just me being touchy-feely," he says. Dairy farmers told him they hated dehorning calves, and they were under pressure from animal welfare groups and customers, like General Mills and Nestlé , to phase it out. Fahrenkrug knew that some breeds of cattle naturally don't grow horns; the problem is that these ...
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Area Votes in Congress 26.7.2015 Philly.com News
WASHINGTON - Here is how Philadelphia-area members of Congress voted on major issues last week: House Sanctuary cities Voting 241-179, the House on Thursday voted to deny certain law-enforcement grants to so-called sanctuary cities that decline to act as an arm of federal immigration enforcement. The GOP-drafted bill is a response to a recent murder in San Francisco, a sa
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rollcall-July26 25.7.2015 Seattle Times: Politics
How Washington state’s members of Congress — two senators and 10 members of the House of Representatives — voted on major issues in the week ending July 24.
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State Rights, or Big Government and Monsanto Run Amok? House Republicans Will Choose. 25.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Since the days of Ronald Reagan, the Republican Party has avowed itself the defender of state and local rights in the face of an imperious federal government. From the 1980s on, this doctrine of state control, often called the New Federalism, was hailed as the "devolution revolution" and is at the very heart of conservative and Tea Party rhetoric today. For House Republicans, this week may be a major test as to whether their devotion to state's rights is a foundational principle for which they stand, or mere hypocritical rhetoric to be tossed aside when a few major corporations want to improve their bottom line and crush state and local democratic decision-making. What brings this issue dramatically forward is a bill that the House may vote on in the coming week. Introduced by Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo at the behest of Monsanto and other chemical and big agribusiness companies, this bill (H.R. 1599) is often referred to as the "Denying Americans the Right to Know or DARK Act." As written, H.R. ...
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House Votes to Keep Americans in Dark on Food, Passes Industry’s 'DARK Act' 25.7.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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House Votes to Keep Americans in Dark on Food, Passes Sndustry’s 'DARK Act' 25.7.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Backed by food and agriculture interests, U.S. House passes voluntary GMO-labeling bill 24.7.2015 MinnPost
CC/Flickr/Stephenie Schukraft Under the House bill, companies can choose to put U.S. Department of Agriculture-certified labels on their products identifying them as GMO or non-GMO. WASHINGTON — After years of staying out of a contentious debate, Congress came closer to passing policy regarding the labeling of genetically-modified foods for the first time ever. On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act , which would establish a national, voluntary, federally-administrated standard system for the labeling of GMO and genetically engineered foods. Critically, the bill would prevent states and localities from passing their own mandatory GMO labeling laws — a central point of contention that lawmakers, interest groups, and activists have focused on. It would invalidate the laws of states like Vermont, for example, which passed a mandatory labeling statute last year. The Minnesota legislature has considered labeling bills before, but none have become law. ...
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'Corporate Influence Has Won': House Passes Anti-GMO Labeling Bill 24.7.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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You Don’t Matter. House Votes for Monsanto’s Right to Deceive Consumers 24.7.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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House to states: Don't you dare demand GMO labels 24.7.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Opponents of GMO labeling, including some of the biggest food manufacturers, have turned to Congress, and this week they achieved their first notable success.
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House To States: Don't You Dare Demand GMO Labels 24.7.2015 NPR News
A solid majority in the House of Representatives has voted to block efforts in some states to require labeling of GMOs.
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HUFFPOST HILL - Jeb Bush Proposes To End Grandma As We Know It 24.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Jeb Bush sat down with some Koch brothers types and argued we should "phase out this program" -- Medicare -- because nothing says "great politics" like a Bush proposing to radically change a major entitlement program. Rick Santorum said he regrets saying homoseuality could lead to bestiality, a remark that has dogged him for years. And Ron Johnson finally answered the rarely asked question, Is our children learning? Turns out they is not. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Thursday, July 23rd, 2015: WHAT IS JIM WEBB DOING? Jason Linkins on how different things are for Webb since he got his start in 2005: "Now, nearly 10 years after Webb was drafted to embark on his political career, the former senator has set his sights on a larger prize -- the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. But some of the people who helped pave the way for Webb's electoral career won't be joining up for his presidential campaign. 'I don't support it in any way, shape, or form,' says Lowell Feld, a Democratic political activist who ...
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House of Representatives Ignores Will of the People in Passage of Anti-labeling DARK Act 24.7.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Consumers, Health Advocates and Farmers Mobilize Massive Movement in Opposition to Congressional “DARK Act” Aimed at Preempting Labeling and Safety Testing of Genetically Engineered Foods 24.7.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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House Votes To Ban States From Labeling GMO Foods 24.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Do you want to know whether your food has genetically modified organisms in it? The House of Representatives voted to make that harder on Thursday by banning states from passing their own laws requiring GMO labels. Instead, the House passed a bill called the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act that would set up a voluntary program for companies that want to disclose genetically modified ingredients. Firms that want to claim their food is GMO-free would have to submit to a certification process overseen by the Department of Agriculture. But the measure would ban states such as Vermont, Maine and Connecticut, which have passed GMO-labeling laws, from putting them into practice. It would also allow the Food and Drug Administration to define the label “natural” to include genetically engineered material. Supporters of the bill said it was a matter of keep the rules simple across the country and not unnecessarily frightening consumers. “The fact is, the scientific consensus on the safety of ...
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U.S. House of Representatives passes national GMO bill 23.7.2015 TreeHugger
This afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of a controversial bill that seeks to set a unified standard for the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms.
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