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They fled North Korea for a better life. Here are their stories of struggle under Kim Jong Un. 18.11.2017 Washington Post
In six months of interviews in South Korea and Thailand, The Washington Post talked with more than 25 North Koreans from different walks of life who escaped the brutal regime of the “Great Successor.”
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Organic agriculture can help feed the world, but only if we eat less meat and stop wasting food 15.11.2017 LA Times: Science

Agriculture could go organic worldwide if we slashed food waste and stopped using so much cropland to feed livestock, a new study finds.

The analysis, published in the journal Nature Communications, shows that it will take several strategies operating at once to feed the growing human population...

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Filling The Intercropping Info Gap 15.11.2017 Agricultural and Biofuel News - ENN
Two crops or one? Sometimes, growing two crops simultaneously on the same piece of land – called intercropping – can benefit farmers. But it needs careful planning and resource management.
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Organic agriculture can help feed the world, but only if we eat less meat and stop wasting food 15.11.2017 LA Times: Science

Agriculture could go organic worldwide if we slashed food waste and stopped using so much cropland to feed livestock, a new study finds.

The analysis, published in the journal Nature Communications, shows that it will take several strategies operating at once to feed the growing human population...

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Pilotlight, a new shared kitchen, to open in former Le Cordon Bleu school 9.11.2017 Chicago Tribune: Business
A New York-based food incubator is opening a shared kitchen for small food businesses in the former Le Cordon Bleu culinary school on Chicago’s Near North Side. Pilotlight, formerly known as Foodworks, will occupy about 40,000 square feet on North Orleans Street where cooking students once ...
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An Environmental and Public Health Disaster Awaits -- if USDA Gives Organic Label to Hydroponics 31.10.2017 Truthout.com
Choose journalism that empowers movements for social, environmental and economic justice: Support the independent media at Truthout! Whether food production entails acres of mono-crops, livestock shuttled through assembly lines or orderly tracks of plastic pipelines in factory-scale hydroponics spaces, streamlined production techniques tempt food producers to improve on nature, without necessarily assessing the long-term health or environmental costs. Even an apparently benign innovation, like hydroponics, may convey unexpected downsides. Despite each new agricultural novelty, 17 years after the  US Department of Agriculture  established the Organic Standards, earth-based farming remains the oldest and most proven method for cultivating organic food. A coalition of farmers, sustainability advocates and foodies wants to keep it that way. "If we want to protect the integrity of the organic seal, we will have to fight for it," says Lisa Stokke, founder of  Next7 , which has launched a campaign to raise ...
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McDonald's will shift to more humane chicken slaughter policy 28.10.2017 LA Times: Commentary

McDonald’s took another step Friday toward softening its image with animal-conscious consumers, saying it will require suppliers to treat chickens better and slaughter them more humanely.

Birds sold to the chain by poultry giants such as Tysons Foods Inc. and Cargill no longer will be shocked,...

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Too Fast For Safety? Poultry Industry Wants To Speed Up The Slaughter Line 27.10.2017 NPR News
The National Chicken Council says the move is needed to keep pace with international competitors. But worker and food-safety advocates say this could cause more stress and injuries.
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Baking soda can remove pesticides from apples: study 26.10.2017 Lifestyle – The Indian Express
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Impact investors flock to sustainable agriculture 24.10.2017 GreenBiz.com
The sector is longing for capital to fund long-term projects, but critics worry about corporate ownership of farmland.
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World Hunger Is Increasing Thanks to Wars and Climate Change 22.10.2017 Truthout.com
Truthout is a nonprofit media organization that survives on a no-frills budget, provided almost entirely by donations from readers like you. Want to make a difference? Make a donation today! Around the globe, about 815 million people -- 11 percent of the world's population -- went hungry in 2016, according to the latest data from the United Nations. This was the first increase in more than 15 years. Between 1990 and 2015, due largely to a set of sweeping initiatives by the global community, the proportion of undernourished people in the world was cut in half. In 2015, UN member countries adopted the Sustainable Development Goals , which doubled down on this success by setting out to end hunger entirely by 2030. But a recent UN report shows that, after years of decline, hunger is on the rise again. As evidenced by nonstop news coverage of floods, fires, refugees and violence, our planet has become a more unstable and less predictable place over the past few years. As these disasters compete for our ...
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Do you care if your fish dinner was raised humanely? Animal advocates say you should 20.10.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Concerns over animal welfare have led to changes in recent years in how livestock are raised. But seafood has been missing from the conversation. One group aims to change that.
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Americans' Appetite for Cheap Meat Linked to Widespread Drinking Water Contamination 20.10.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Agricultural pollution is contaminating drinking water supplies for millions of Americans with potentially dangerous chemicals, says a new report. Environmental groups blame the meat industry, which requires massive supplies of industrially grown corn and soy to raise cattle, and are putting pressure on large-scale meat producers to get their supply chains to clean up their acts. Scientists recently announced that the "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico, an area the size of New Jersey where oxygen levels are too low to sustain most forms of life, is larger than ever. For years, environmentalists have used annual surveys of the dead zone to bring attention to large amounts of agricultural pollution from the nation's breadbasket that flows down the Mississippi River and fuels oxygen-depleting algae blooms in the Gulf.    This year, the message is hitting much closer to home, especially for those living near farmlands. A new  report  from the Environmental Working Group shows that the agricultural pollution ...
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Getting behind the debate over lab-grown meat 17.10.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
The dialogue over human health, equity and the sustainable future of our food system is just beginning.
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Where to find fresh pineapple (and learn its history) in Hawaii 5.10.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Tourists, not pineapples, bring big money to Hawaii these days. The fruit isn’t native to the islands, but it was once a huge cash crop, one with an interesting history worth exploring on your next visit.

A mere 25 miles north of Honolulu’s Waikiki Beach on the island of Oahu, pineapples continue...

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Supermarket chicken supplier 2 Sisters investigated 29.9.2017 BBC: Business
Workers at one of the UK's largest chicken factories allegedly breached safety rules.
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Why is anyone surprised that a chicken factory engages in questionable activity? 29.9.2017 TreeHugger
The entire industrial food system, after all, is built on cutting corners, from raising animals to consuming them.
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China's Food Exports to North Korea Surge 28.9.2017 Wall St. Journal: World
China’s agricultural exports to North Korea rose sharply in July and August, amid rising geopolitical tensions and at a time of year when the food supply in the isolated nation is usually at its lowest.
Climate Change Brings Socialism and Science Together 26.9.2017 Truthout.com
Capitalism is inherently hostile to the environment and inevitably promotes destructive climate change. Only when socialists and scientists work together to combat the disastrous effects of fossil capitalism do we have a good chance of avoiding ecocide. (Image: Monthly Review Press)Thanks to climate change, science and socialism have become entwined in ways previously unimaginable. Science brings the news that, unless we act swiftly to control climate change, we will inhabit a dying planet. Socialism traces the causes of this catastrophe to the destructive and chaotic growth model of capitalism and advocates for a different system. Meanwhile, sensing the source of danger to their profits, corporate and government reactionaries fuel disinformation campaigns to discredit science and confuse the public. This has been going on for years, with disastrous results. Ian Angus' new book, A Redder Shade of Green, (red for socialist revolution, green for ecological revolution) is about the prospect of ecosocialism ...
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Mars Food moves North American HQ to Goose Island 22.9.2017 Chicago Tribune: Business
Mars Food is opening a new North American headquarters in Chicago’s Goose Island neighborhood, according to the company. Mars Food, a business unit of Mars Inc., previously based its North American business in Los Angeles. The new 20,000-square-foot office, located on West Blackhawk Street, ...
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