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Trump’s USDA Wants to Make Pork Processing Faster—And More Dangerous 20.1.2018 Mother Jones
In a typical pork slaughterhouse, hog carcasses move down the conveyor belt at an average rate of around 977 per hour, or about 16 per minute. Workers tasked with disassembling these fast-moving 240-plus pound chunks of flesh endure high injury rates, which are likely even higher due to underreporting.  Now the Trump Administration’s US Department of Agriculture is pushing […]
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Tax law gives unexpected break to farmers who sell to co-ops 19.1.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Lawmakers say they didn't intend to give a competitive advantage to co-ops. But it's not clear they can rework the legislation given the partisan divide on Capitol Hill.
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An unlikely climate crusade in Trump country 12.1.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
An unlikely climate crusade in Trump country
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Stanford researchers find major food retailer's sustainability program drives farmers' environmental practices 10.1.2018 Environmental News Network
When grocery stores tout sustainable products, consumers may take their claims at face value. Yet few studies have analyzed whether or not companies who claim to improve the sustainability of their products are actually changing practices in their supply chains.
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Major food retailer's sustainability program drives farmers' environmental practices 9.1.2018 Environmental News Network
In one of the first analyses of a company-led sustainability program in the food and agriculture space, Stanford researchers found a major grocery chain fostered increased adoption of environmental practices at the farm level.
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It's Time to Confront the Scourge of Advertising in the Capitalist Food System 7.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
While it's customary to blame consumer companies and their advertising campaigns for predatory and manipulative messages, it's time to look beyond that critique to the truly deadly ingredient in the mix: capitalism itself. After all, the proliferation of lifestyle diseases is a direct result of lifestyle advertising promoted and subsidized under our capitalist system. Mr. Peanut joins other Kraft Heinz mascots in Times Square for the kick-off event of the 'Feed Your Family, Feed The World' program, on April 27, 2017, in New York City. (Photo: Jason Kempin / Getty Images for Kraft Heinz) This story wasn't funded by corporate advertising, but by readers like you. Can you help sustain our work with a tax-deductible donation? In December, the Kraft Heinz Company launched a multimillion-dollar  advertising campaign  in response to " prolonged negative perceptions " about the health risk associated with its products. Between 2014 and 2016, Kraft Heinz's net income fell by an astounding  24 percent , due in no ...
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Is GMO opposition immoral? 2.1.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Is GMO opposition immoral?
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A widening budget gap is forcing the U.N. to slash food aid to refugees 2.1.2018 Washington Post: World
Donations to the World Food Program are up, but the need across the globe is growing.
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The dark side of a $5 Footlong: Business owners say it could bankrupt them 29.12.2017 Washington Post
Fast-food chains are slashing prices to bring in customers, and franchisees are fighting mad. “The numbers don’t work for us,” said the chair of one industry group.
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With pineapple and sugar production gone, Hawaii weighs its agricultural future 24.12.2017 Washington Post
The passage of the plantation heyday has been slow but impactful, and now tens of thousands of abandoned acres of farmland lie fallow. The state is looking to other options in hopes of avoiding sole reliance on tourism.
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It's time to confront the invisible suffering of animals 22.12.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Food & Health At a giant pet store in west-end Toronto last week, people loaded up on gifts and stocking stuffers for their pets, and posed with them for a "family Christmas photo." This cheerful scene only highlighted the odd disconnect between the way we embrace our pets as family while allowing animals that are similarly sweet and endearing to live miserable lives on factory farms -- and to endure horrific deaths (more on that in a minute). Indeed, only a stone's throw from that west-end Petsmart -- where you can buy a cute pair of fuzzy antlers for your dog -- are two slaughterhouses where a daily stream of trucks arrive carrying cows, calves and sheep. We've all seen such trucks on the highway, probably caught a glimpse of animal snouts and eyes through the narrow slats. But no one driving on the highway seems alarmed, making it easy to conclude everything is fine, that the animals aren't suffering and that their deaths will be swift and painless. I've recently come to believe that none of these ...
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Pesticides and Poor Nutrition Damage Animal Health 20.12.2017 Environmental News Network
The combined effects of pesticides and a lack of nutrition form a deadly one-two punch, new research from biologists at the University of California San Diego has shown for the first time.
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Pesticides Linked to Declining Bee Populations Also Threaten Birds and Small Mammals 19.12.2017 Truthout - All Articles
The Environmental Protection Agency's latest assessment of four neonicotinoid pesticides linked to declining populations of pollinators show that they could also harm birds and small mammals, but the agency is reluctant to ban their use until it completes its review. Environmentalists, concerned that it may prove too late for some species, want restrictions placed on the chemicals. Support your favorite writers by making sure we can keep publishing them! Make a donation to Truthout to ensure independent journalism survives. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that popular pesticides linked to declining bee populations also pose a threat to birds and, in some cases, small mammals and insects. The EPA  released  preliminary scientific assessments of four chemicals from the neonicotinoid or "neonic" class of insecticides on Friday as part of an ongoing review that environmentalists and farmers are watching closely. Previous EPA assessments echoed  research   showing  that neonics can ...
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Our food critic had what you’re having and ranked the nation’s chain restaurants 15.12.2017 Washington Post
People love to pick on chain restaurants — their uniformity and ubiquity make them easy targets. But not all chains are created equal, and The Post’s food critic set out to see how they stacked up. Here’s what’s good — and what’s not — at 10 full-service chains.
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Reading Between the Lines of the USDA’s Bizarre Food Stamps Memo 8.12.2017 Mother Jones
The Trump administration appears to be taking aim at a food aid program that helps keep one in four US children and millions of disabled people adequately fed. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, has been in President Donald Trump’s crosshairs since May, when his administration released a budget […]
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Troubled meat market is key supplier for Haiti’s capital 5.12.2017 Washington Post: World
La Saline slaughterhouse is a nightmarish panorama of animal blood, body parts and detritus. It’s also an essential part of the economy of the Haitian capital, supplying meat to restaurants, street vendors and stores.
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Cheesy idea 2.12.2017 BBC: Business
Food businesses serving up cheesy dishes are thriving, but is the trend bad for our health?
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Why the world's largest pork producer is breaking new sustainability barriers 30.11.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Tom Murray At Environmental Defense Fund, we believe that environmental progress and economic growth can and must go hand in hand. EDF+Business works with leading companies and investors to raise the bar for corporate sustainability leadership  by setting aggressive, science-based goals; collaborating for scale across industries and global supply chains; and publicly supporting smart environmental safeguards. This is the second in a series of interviews exploring trends in sustainability leadership as part of our effort to pave the way to a thriving economy and a healthy environment. As head of the Smithfield Foods’ sustainability program, Stewart Leeth focuses on animal welfare, employee relations, environmental stewardship, food safety and quality, and community development. EDF has been collaborating with Smithfield for several years now to help farmers optimize fertilizer applications to grow grain for animal feed – and I’m inspired to see the progress that has been made in this arena. But I think ...
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McDonald's U.S. president says downtown headquarters will create 'different level of energy' 30.11.2017 Chicago Tribune: Business
Chris Kempczinski, McDonald’s U.S. president, is hitting the gas as the global fast-food chain works to modernize its U.S. restaurants and woo back customers who have drifted off. “We’ve probably changed more in the last year than McDonald’s has changed in the last five years, maybe even ...
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Your Taxpayer Dollars Are Funding Corporate Propaganda 29.11.2017 Truthout - All Articles
While Congress hasn't accomplished much in 2017, it did manage to pass a budget resolution -- and within that budget, a sum of $3 million stands out. Congress appropriated that $3 million to fund the  Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative . That's a partnership between the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) "to provide consumer education on agricultural biotechnology and food and animal feed ingredients derived from biotechnology." What they're really talking about is a promotional campaign for genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. There are two major flaws with this plan. First, the FDA is tasked with building a campaign around the "safety and benefits of crop biotechnology." But what about the risks, concerns, and unknowns? Leaving those out means using government agencies and taxpayer funds for corporate propaganda. It benefits companies like Monsanto, Dow, Dupont, Syngenta, and Bayer, which collectively earn billions of dollars from ...
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