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News you can eat: Whence the beef?! Plus (some) GMO labeling, Mama’s is closing, free piroshkies and burgers, and more 22.5.2015 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
FOOD NEWS FOR SEATTLE AND BEYOND WHAT, YOU WANT TO KNOW WHERE YOUR MEAT IS FROM? The House Agriculture Committee, the WTO and the meat industry say that’s just silly. MORE>>> and MORE>>> AND YOU WANT TO KNOW IF GMOs are in what you’re eating? On that account, pressure from consumers is moving the market toward some labeling. […]
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 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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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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Interview: Challenging Corporations' "Right" to Grow GMOs in Rural Oregon 19.5.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Read the Dirt editor's note: Oregonians for Community Rights has filed paperwork to begin petitioning for a "Right to Local, Community Self-Government" state constitutional amendment that would flip corporate "rights" on their head. Not only would the amendment recognize a right for local communities to adopt more stringent protections for health, safety and welfare, it would elevate that right to local self-government above corporations' claimed constitutional privileges. This spring, activists in Benton County are campaigning for a local GMO ban that has similar language. The Initiative, Measure 2-89 , asserts community rights to local self-government and seed heritage, and introduces rights for natural communities, like rivers and aquifers. Then, the ordinance declares that "corporations which violate this Ordinance shall not be deemed to be 'persons,' nor possess any other legal rights, privileges, powers, or protections which would interfere with the enforcement of rights or prohibitions enumerated ...
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Digging my breakfast: Eating sustainably in the South Pacific 18.5.2015 TreeHugger
Eating sustainably in the Solomon Islands
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USDA to certify non-GMO foods with new label 16.5.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The government runs organic and antibiotic-free labeling programs, but has stayed out of the non-GMO labeling fray. That is, until a food company asked the USDA for help, and the agency obliged.
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Why The Food Movement Must Build Power 16.5.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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USDA To Certify Non-GMO Foods With New Label 16.5.2015 NPR News
The government runs organic and antibiotic-free labeling programs, but has stayed out of the non-GMO labeling fray. That is, until a food company asked the USDA for help, and the agency obliged.
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Center for Food Safety Statement on New USDA GMO-Free Label 16.5.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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GMO Labels May Reassure, Encourage Sales, Not Scare Consumers Away 16.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Opponents of genetically modified food claim that their demand for labeling is only intended to provide choice for consumers. In truth, as many of them have said, they hope that labels will scare people away from buying such products and kill GMO technology itself. But a new survey suggests that by giving consumers choice, labels might actually reassure and encourage sales, more than scare and dissuade. The monthly Food Demand Survey by Jayson Lusk at Oklahoma State asks several questions about labeling and choice that I proposed to Lusk, based on the risk perception research of Paul Slovic and others who have found that when we engage in a potential risk voluntarily, the very fact that we are taking a possible risk by choice makes the risk feel less scary. Slovic's research on risk perception has also established that if we trust the government agencies that are supposed to protect us, we'll be less afraid, which suggests that a government/FDA label should also reassure, since we trust FDA food labels ...
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5 Reasons to Be Grateful for Monsanto 15.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We live in a world of contrasting elements and sometimes a direct experience of opposites can help us grow and evolve. For example, loss can teach us about connection, grief can give us an appreciation for joy, a long, cold winter will make us celebrate the coming spring. Last fall I was working on a blog about GMOs, and I really enjoyed researching the topic. I learned some important things about health issues that seemed unrelated on the surface but are actually quite interconnected and essential for all of us to recognize. Monsanto, so often despised on social networks and demonized -- yet it may be providing an opportunity for a much needed dialogue, in effect enlightening us through demonstrating the contrast of opposites. It is fair enough to say that Monsanto opposes the beliefs of those who care about their right to know what is in their food, by pushing back against GMO labeling laws. This giant corporation also stands in contrast to the belief systems of those who believe in heirloom seeds, ...
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Corporate irresponsibility over GMOs 15.5.2015 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Pass any Chipotle these days — and it is my gastronomic preference to pass rather than enter — and you will see signs claiming credit for removing ingredients that contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms) from the menu. It is the first big chain to do so, and probably not the last. The business press has pronounced it “a savvy move to impress millennials” and a “bet on the younger generations in America.”Read full article ...
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USDA creates certification, label for GMO-free food 15.5.2015 Seattle Times: Health
The USDA has developed a new government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients.
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USDA creates new government certification for GMO-free 15.5.2015 LA Times: Business
The Agriculture Department has developed a new government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients.
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Greening-Resistant GMO Oranges Come One Step Closer To Market. Here's Why You Should Care. 14.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that it has given major Florida citrus grower Southern Gardens approval for large-scale field testing of citrus trees that have been genetically engineered to resist citrus greening, a ruinous disease that has caused orange production to plummet to the lowest levels seen in decades. As New York Times reporter Amy Harmon explained in a terrific feature in July 2013 , Southern Gardens, a division of U.S. Sugar Corporation , the country's largest sugar producer, has been developing the trees for years now. Their genome has been modified to include a gene from spinach plants that produces a protein that makes citrus trees inhospitable to the bacteria that cause citrus greening. Though scientists and citrus growers are exploring several possible treatments for greening , which currently has no cure, many believe that the genetically modified tree offers the best chances of success. Is your head spinning? Understandable. This stuff is complicated. But ...
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USDA develops first government label for GMO-free products 14.5.2015 Technology
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department has developed the first government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ...
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Campaign Against Glyphosate Steps Up in Latin America 8.5.2015 Truthout.com
Glyphosate spraying of illegal drug crops has caused environmental damage in Colombia’s rainforest. Buenos Aires - After the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared glyphosate a probable carcinogen, the campaign has intensified in Latin America to ban the herbicide, which is employed on a massive scale on transgenic crops. In a Mar. 20 publication, the WHO’s  International Agency for Research on Cancer  (IARC) reported that the world’s most widely used herbicide is probably carcinogenic to humans, a conclusion that was based on numerous studies. Social organisations and scientific researchers in Latin America argue that thanks to the report by the WHO’s cancer research arm, governments no longer have an excuse not to intervene, after years of research on the damage caused by glyphosate to health and the environment at a regional and global level. “We believe the precautionary principle should be applied, and that we should stop accumulating studies and take decisions that could come too late,” said ...
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Hawai‘i Center for Food Safety Releases Cutting-Edge Report on Agricultural Pesticide Use in Hawai‘i 7.5.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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