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As Trump announces famine aid, relief funds face big cuts 26.5.2017 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When President Donald Trump met Pope Francis this week, the U.S. leader renewed a commitment to fighting global famine and proudly announced a new multimillion-dollar American aid contribution to four African nations in crisis. Left unsaid by the president or the White House: His proposal to slash such funds by more than 40 percent in the next fiscal year....
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Punch List: It might actually be warm enough to plant in the last week in May 26.5.2017 Denver Post: Lifestyles
Ready to set your tomato starts out? Here's how to make the most of them in your garden.
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Top grocery stores lag on antibiotic-free food 22.5.2017 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
As restaurant chains rush to cut antibiotic-raised chicken, a new report by the Natural Resource Defense Council argues that Costco, Walmart and others aren't doing enough.
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Conagra still poised for tax breaks, despite cutting Illinois workforce in half 20.5.2017 Chicago Tribune: Business
Conagra Brands, maker of products like Reddi-wip and Slim Jim, won $10.5 million in state tax breaks through a now-halted program meant to boost Illinois' economy. But since that September 2015 agreement, it's sold part of its business, cutting its Illinois workforce roughly in half. Illinois ...
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EPA Violated the Law When It Approved 59 Bee-Killing Pesticides 17.5.2017 Truthout - All Articles
The Environmental Protection Agency will have some work to do, now that a federal court has decided it didn't comply with the  Endangered Species Act . You see, the EPA approved the registrations for 59  pesticide products  without first consulting with the US Fish and Wildlife Service on whether those chemicals posed a risk to  endangered species . The  court held  that the EPA improperly approved  38 pesticides  containing Thiamethoxam, and  21 pesticides  containing Clothianidin. Oops. It's quite a big "oops," actually, because these pesticides are all  neonicotinoids . If that term sounds familiar, it's because that's the type of insecticide many scientists believe has been killing bees for the last decade. Neonicotinoids are thought to be responsible for the phenomenon called " colony collapse disorder ," in which entire bee colonies just disappear almost overnight. The worker bees leave their hives and their queen behind, but no one knows where they go. American beekeepers began reporting this ...
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Flint children to receive food aid to limit lead exposure 16.5.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Thousands of children in Flint are set to receive additional money for nutritional foods that can limit the effects of lead exposure, though families who recently left the Michigan city because of the lead-tainted water crisis won’t be eligible. About $7 million in aid is going to about 15,000 children who […]
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It Isn't Easy Being A 'Humane' Slaughterhouse 13.5.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Although humane slaughter might sound like an oxymoron — like, say, “ clean coal ” — it’s a goal that some members of the meat industry take seriously.  Arion Thiboumery of the Vermont Packinghouse in North Springfield, Vermont, is one of them. The plant opened its doors three years ago and has been celebrated for its transparency — Thiboumery regularly welcomes tours of the operation — and its central mission to slaughter animals with “ respect and dignity .” “We feel like we’re proud of what we do here and we want everything to be above board,” he  told HuffPost last summer . “We’ll tell you about how the animal was raised and we’ll talk about how it died. We’re not embarrassed about it.” But Vermont Packinghouse started having some trouble a few weeks after that interview. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service  issued a suspension  to the facility on Oct. 12, 2016, after an inspector observed the plant supervisor attempting to stun a pig in a way that violated federal ...
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The labels said ‘organic.’ But these massive imports of corn and soybeans weren’t. 13.5.2017 Washington Post
The labels said ‘organic.’ But these massive imports of corn and soybeans weren’t.
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Idaho asks appeals court to uphold ban on spying at farms 13.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
BC-APFN-US--Dairy Spying Lawsuit, 2nd Ld-Writethru,504 Idaho asks appeals court to uphold ban on spying at farms AP Photo FX101 Eds: Updates with court documents filed by press freedom group. Links photo. With AP Photos. By GENE JOHNSON Associated Press SEATTLE • Idaho asked a federal appeals court Friday to reinstate its ban on spying at farms, dairies and slaughterhouses after a lower court judge sided with animal rights activists who said the ban violated free speech rights. Idaho lawmakers i... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Michigan poor wrongly cut from food aid get $47M settlement 5.5.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

DETROIT (AP) — Food assistance worth $47 million is being restored to thousands of Michigan residents who were wrongly cut off by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration. The Department of Health and Human Services aggressively enforced a state law that stopped benefits in 2013-14 for people who were listed as fugitives wanted for crimes. But […]
The tide is changing for offshore aquaculture 4.5.2017 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
There are currently no commercial finfish operations in U.S. federal waters, but some are convinced proposed new farms in places like the Gulf of Mexico could become the future of sustainable seafood.
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The government is going to counter 'misinformation' about GMO foods 4.5.2017 Washington Post
The government is going to counter 'misinformation' about GMO foods
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New peer-to-peer seed sharing platform aims to facilitate a diverse seed supply 3.5.2017 TreeHugger
The Center for Food Safety's recently launched network is a bid to preserve global plant biodiversity and work toward food security around the globe.
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Is your ‘organic’ milk is really organic? Critics say big farms’ standards can fall short. 2.5.2017 Washington Post
Visits by The Washington Post to dairy farms raise questions about whether large farms meet organic standards and whether inspectors are well-positioned to know.
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Walmart Touts Itself As An Environmental Leader. Its Workers Say Otherwise. 1.5.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Over the past decade, Walmart has attempted to  transform its image from a big-box purveyor of bargain goods sold by low-paid workers to a vanguard of corporate environmentalism, with solar-paneled stores regularly feted by the Davos set . But for a retail behemoth whose business model still depends heavily on pollution, Walmart’s green policies are more akin to a face-lift than surgical reconstruction, according to workers and advocates calling on the company to add an environmentalist to its board of directors. “Walmart is really good with the PR stunts about how sustainable they are,” said Mary Pat Tifft, a 29-year employee at a Walmart in Kenosha, Wisconsin. “But I have grandchildren, and I’d like to leave them a healthy Earth and I’d like their children to have a healthy Earth, too.” Tifft, 62, is a member of OUR Walmart, the nonprofit workers’ group that advocates for higher pay and better corporate policies at the notoriously union-averse retailer. Over a year ago, the group purchased about 40 ...
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How soil sparked a new sustainable ag movement 28.4.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
As word gets around that soil is alive, farmers have adopted a whole new attitude toward their land.
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Feral hog slaughterhouse takes off in New Orleans 27.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
New Orleans • In a region that takes food seriously, feral hogs are despised as destructive, but their rich, dark meat is winning fans among Louisiana chefs. A small slaughterhouse is butchering the wild pigs , which cause the state $76 million-plus in annual damage, and selling sausage to grocery stores and meat to restaurants, where chefs are turning it into savory prosciutto, chorizo and meatballs. “To me, it is the most interesting thing I have seen in years,” said Rene Bajeux, executive che... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Bad beasts, good treats: Feral hog slaughterhouse takes off 26.4.2017 AP National
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- In a region that takes food seriously, feral hogs are despised as destructive, but their rich, dark meat is winning fans among Louisiana chefs....
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Make American dairy farms great again! Adopt supply management 25.4.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
David J. Climenhaga Never imagine, even for a moment, that U.S. President Donald Trump was serious when he talked about standing up for the interests American farmers in his notorious anti-Canadian trade speech at the Snap-On Tool factory in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Some Wisconsin dairy farmers may have been pleased when Trump began bloviating on the topic because anything is better than nothing when you're in desperate straits. And have no doubt, a lot of American dairy farmers are in desperate straits. But the interests Trump is defending are those of the multinational "agri-food" corporations that hold Wisconsin dairy farmers in a grip that approaches feudal vassalage, and which would love to be able to do the same thing to their counterparts down on the Canadian farm. Remember, despite his lies, misdirection and deceptions, the not-so-competent Trump serves the same neoliberal corporate masters as the quite competent Hillary Clinton, whom he defeated in last fall's U.S. presidential election with a little ...
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Green revolution must move east. We want to be freed of this national duty… to industrialise: Manpreet Singh Badal 23.4.2017 India – The Indian Express
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