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Emails Show the Meatpacking Industry Drafted an Executive Order to Keep Plants Open 18.9.2020 Mother Jones
This story was published originally by ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. In late April, as COVID-19 raced through meatpacking plants sickening and killing workers, President Donald Trump issued a controversial executive order aimed at keeping […]
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Why agtech is critical for regenerative agriculture 17.9.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Why agtech is critical for regenerative agriculture Heather Clancy Thu, 09/17/2020 - 01:30 Early this month, McDonald’s made headlines when it teamed with Cargill, Target and The Nature Conservancy to put $8.5 million toward helping Nebraska farmers cultivate regenerative agriculture practices over the next five years. The initiative, like others emerging in the past several years from Cargill , General Mills, Danone and other big companies in the food system, is aimed at promoting natural carbon sequestration practices — and it is piloting ways farmers can be rewarded for embracing them. As much as I’m encouraged by these efforts, I’ve often wondered: What metrics are being used to evaluate them? What does success look like? What will it take to scale these pilots? And how on earth is this all being measured? A new relationship between Microsoft and Land O’Lakes points to part of the answer. The multiyear alliance centers on the farmer cooperative’s agtech software portfolio, including its Winfield ...
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Fighting Food Waste: Lessons from COVID 15.9.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Fighting Food Waste: Lessons from COVID   What emerging strategies have been employed to tackle food waste during the pandemic, and how can we scale these strategies in the future? When the coronavirus pandemic first disrupted food supply chains earlier this year, huge amounts of animals and produce raised for human consumption were lost. But the food system sprang into action — adapting operations, overcoming barriers and scaling promising innovations to reduce the amount of waste. In this discussion, industry experts who have been leading efforts to tackle food waste during the pandemic share what they have learned. Hear innovative thinking about scaling food-waste technologies, building more resilient donation systems and developing new supply chains that connect farmers with food recovery channels. Speakers Jackie Suggitt, Stakeholder Engagement Director, ReFED Zeb McLaurin, Director of Sustainability, Goodr Aidan Reilly, Student, Brown Holly Secon Mon, 09/14/2020 - ...
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Scaling Composting Infrastructure in North America 11.9.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Scaling Composting Infrastructure in North America What will it take to build robust composting infrastructure at scale in the United States? Composting should be a win-win. In theory, corporations and cities could divert food waste from landfills and create a valuable agricultural product in the process. Yet examples of large-scale composting infrastructure are hard to find in the United States. According to the most recent EPA data, less than 10 percent of food waste finds its way into composting systems. Contamination of waste streams, haulage costs and “compostable” materials that don’t actually biodegrade are all part of the problem. Meet the entrepreneurs, city officials and corporate leaders who are turning things around. Speakers share details of successful composting businesses, systems for scaling up food waste collection and strategies for diverting corporate food waste into composting systems. Speakers Alexa Kielty, Residential Zero Waste and Special Projects Assistant, San Francisco ...
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Hard truths from a decade of investing in regional food systems 10.9.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Hard truths from a decade of investing in regional food systems Meredith Storton Thu, 09/10/2020 - 02:00 The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the inequities and fragility of our industrialized food system and accelerated the movement to create strong regional food systems that support local growers, provide food security, give communities agency over their food supply and yield environmental benefits. These systems will remain out of reach, though, unless we address persistent, decades-old structural issues. Price pressures continue to challenge the viability of decentralized food systems and communities of color continue to be underserved — as farmers, food chain workers, supply chain entrepreneurs and consumers. We need to change both who we fund and how we fund if we want to create equitable, thriving regional food systems. What will it take to achieve such massive shifts? RSF Social Finance has been reflecting on that question as we wind down our Food System Transformation Fund, a pooled loan fund ...
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In Nebraska, He's Working To Break up Meat Monopolies 5.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

While most of us have recently witnessed empty shelves and higher price tags from the aisles of our local supermarkets, 2019 Fixer Graham Christensen has been fighting for solutions to our fractured food system from the fields. A fifth-generation farmer, Christensen founded the consulting company GC Resolve to help his home state of Nebraska establish more ethical and sustainable agricultural practices.

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Stop Eating Pesticides: Which Produce Should You Pick? 2.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Sinking your teeth into a crisp apple or chomping on a stalk of celery is something you should be able to do without thinking. After all, the best nutritional science shows that eating a variety of fruits and vegetables—and plenty of them—is a crucial component of good health. But produce sometimes comes with potentially harmful pesticide levels.

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Monsanto-Sponsored Panel Featured CSPI Food Policy Group 2.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), which is supposed to be a "food police" and consumer advocacy group, was co-founded in 1971 by Michael Jacobson, who is still the executive director to this day. CSPI also manages the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity, which is the largest nutrition advocacy coalition in the United States.

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With many struggling to buy food during the pandemic, grassroots efforts have stepped up. ‘It’s my motivation to get up in the morning.’ 28.8.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
As food insecurity soars, dozens of small, grassroots initiatives that have stepped up to tackle surging food insecurity. The efforts are marshaling people and resources that sometimes go overlooked, with a spirit of collaboration and long-term vision that seek to leave battered communities stronger than they were before.
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Meatpacking Corporations Cash in on Pandemic While Family Farms and Consumers Foot the Bill 27.8.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

For most Americans, the fallout from the pandemic offered a crash course in how supply chains work (or rather, don’t work), especially in the meat supply. Suddenly grocery stores were rationing how much pork and beef each person could purchase, and consumers could no longer depend on getting the meat they needed at their local store.

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Connecting the Dots: Big Meat, Big Pharma, Big Vaccines and Big Pandemics 21.8.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is surely the worst in recent memory, but prehistory is full of records of plagues and pandemics. In more modern history, we’ve seen the Asian flu pandemic of 1957, the Hong Kong flu pandemic of 1968 and the AIDS pandemic of 1981. Then, a decade ago, along came H1N1 , a novel flu virus hosted by pigs. H1N1 was followed in 1997 by H5N1 , a bird flu virus that first surfaced  in Hong Kong. What's different about these more recent pandemics? They're directly linked to the “intensive confinement of animals” in factory farms, according to the Journal of Public Health ...
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6 Ways the US Can Curb Climate Change and Grow More Food 21.8.2020 WRI Stories
6 Ways the US Can Curb Climate Change and Grow More Food Comments|Add Comment|PrintHarvesting corn. Photo by United Soybean Board/Flickr American agriculture is among the most productive in the world. It employs 2.6 million people in growing food and other products worth nearly $400 billion annually. Over 20% of that output is shipped abroad, making the United States the largest exporter of agricultural products globally. U.S. agriculture has also grown more efficient in recent years,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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From Farm To Factory: The Unstoppable Rise of American Chicken 20.8.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Acentury ago, Americans would not recognise our modern hunger for chicken. The year-long market for tender but relatively bland chicken meat is a newish phenomenon, and without it the idea of chicken cutlets, $5 rotisseries, or the McNugget would be a fantasy.

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Organic Diets Quickly Reduce the Amount of Glyphosate in People’s Bodies 13.8.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Eating an organic diet rapidly and significantly reduces exposure to glyphosate—the world's most widely-used weed killer, which has been linked to cancer, hormone disruption and other harmful impacts, according to a new study.

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U.S. Study Shows Switch to Organic Diet Can Quickly Clear Pesticide From Our Bodies 12.8.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
A new study  published Tuesday  found that after switching to an organic diet for just a few days, people could cut the levels of a pesticide linked to cancer found in their urine by more than 70 percent. The researchers collected a total of 158 urine samples from four families –seven adults and nine children – and examined the samples for the presence of the weed killer glyphosate, which is the active ingredient in Roundup and other popular herbicides. The participants spent five days on a completely non-organic diet and five days on a completely organic diet. “This study demonstrates that shifting to an organic diet is an effective way to reduce body burden of glyphosate… This research adds to a growing body of literature indicating that an organic diet may reduce exposure to a range of pesticides in children and adults,” states the study, which was published in the journal Environmental ...
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Industrial Hog Farms Are Breeding the Next Pandemic 11.8.2020 Mother Jones
In March of 2009, people in the rural Mexican village of La Gloria started coming down with a nasty respiratory infection. The town, located in the state of Veracruz, sat 5 miles from an industrial-scale hog farm. Within a few weeks, clusters of this rapidly progressing pneumonia arose among Mexico City residents. Researchers soon identified the […]
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Why We Oppose Golden Rice 11.8.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The push for corporate-led solutions to hunger and malnutrition is alarming. In particular, Golden Rice is now being proposed as a solution to the worsening hunger and malnutrition associated with the pandemic. Agrochemical transnationals (TNCs) and collaborating institutions such as the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) are using concerns over food security during the pandemic to push for an industrial agricultural system that is already discredited. To quote PAN Asia Pacific:

“in the webinar “The future of food systems in Southeast Asia post-COVID19” organised by IRRI and the FAO, Jean Balie, IRRI’s head of Agri-Food Policy, said that they are “looking to increase the mineral and vitamin content in rice grains” as a response to the pandemic, alluding to renewed promotion of the genetically-modified Golden Rice, which has recently been approved for commercialization in Bangladesh and the Philippines” said PANAP.

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Are food companies prepared for the next disruption? Here’s how they can be. 6.8.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Are food companies prepared for the next disruption? Here’s how they can be.
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The guidebook for resilient animal agriculture 6.8.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
The guidebook for resilient animal agriculture
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As Amazon deforestation rises, so does the need for urgent action 3.8.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
The year 2020 was expected to be a “super year” for global action on climate change. Instead, it’s become an “extraordinary year” for a global community trying to cope with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Amidst this backdrop, deforestation throughout the Amazon has been rising steadily, jumping 55% in the first four months of […]
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