On December 31 2020, the newsrack service will be shut down permanently.

It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

If you need to access any data, email me: subbu at newsrack.in

 
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The Myth of a Food Crisis 25.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

World Agriculture Towards 2030/2050 is a major report predicting global agricultural trends (Alexandratos & Bruinsma, 2012). It was produced by the economics division of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In its abstract the FAO authors make a prominent disclaimer. Its projections, they stress (both on p. i and p. 7), are not to be used for normative purposes; that is, their report is not a prescription of how the global food system should develop.

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The High Cost of Salmon Farming 24.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

A growing interest in health and heath food has helped drive consumer demand for fish to an all-time high. A diet rich in fish has grown so popular that global fish consumption jumped 122% from 1990 to 2018, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

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Farmers and environmentalists team up to push Congress to act on climate 20.11.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
By Callie Eideberg This blog was originally posted on EDF’s Growing Returns. Agricultural and environmental advocates have joined forces to push Congress to act on climate change. The new Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance developed more than 40 joint policy recommendations for making farms, ranches and forests more climate resilient, harnessing the power of natural […]
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Climate Action Must Progress Far Faster to Achieve 1.5 C Goal 20.11.2020 THE CITY FIX
Countries agreed to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) and ideally 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) as part of the 2015 Paris Agreement. The latest science shows that emissions will need to drop ...
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Alliance Unveils Unprecedented Climate Policy Recommendations 17.11.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Alliance Unveils Unprecedented Climate Policy Recommendations
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What Biden’s Pick for USDA Chief Will Reveal About How He Intends to Govern 17.11.2020 Mother Jones
As the Biden-Harris transition pushes forward, even without cooperation from the defeated incumbent, speculation is swirling over future leadership of the US Department of Agriculture, which executes food and farm policy. Sonny Perdue, the USDA secretary under President Donald Trump, made headlines during his tenure for showering cash on large-scale commodity farmers—disproportionately in his home […]
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Here's how Joe Biden could cultivate a more sustainable food system 13.11.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Here's how Joe Biden could cultivate a more sustainable food system Jim Giles Fri, 11/13/2020 - 00:14 Let’s do a quick thought experiment. Imagine stepping into an elevator and realizing that the man next to you is President-elect Joe Biden. You have 30 seconds to urge him to focus on a particular issue. What would it be? Earlier this week, I invited leaders from food and agriculture to play that game. Specifically, I asked them what Biden’s administration should do to accelerate progress toward a more sustainable food system. I got more responses than I can share in a single newsletter, so I’ll be rolling out answers weekly until the end of the year. Here are three — spanning farm spending, technical support and farmers of color — to get the conversation started. No need to wait for Congress One of the most encouraging responses emphasized that there’s a lot Biden can do without additional support from Congress.  "The U.S. Department of Agriculture can take advantage of tools and money it already has to ...
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Federal Court Declares Genetically Engineered Salmon Unlawful 6.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
San Francisco, Calif.—Today, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California  ruled  the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) violated core environmental laws in approving the genetically engineered salmon. The Court ruled that FDA ignored the serious environmental consequences of approving genetically engineered salmon and the full extent of plans to grow and commercialize the salmon in the U.S. and around the world, violating the National Environmental Policy Act. The Court also ruled that FDA's unilateral decision that genetically engineered salmon could have no possible effect on highly-endangered, wild Atlantic salmon was wrong, in violation of the Endangered Species Act. The Court ordered FDA to go back to the drawing board and FDA must now thoroughly analyze the environmental consequences of an escape of genetically engineered salmon into the ...
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CRISPR GMOs―They’re Cheap and Fast, But Are They Good? 4.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

This year’s Nobel Prize for chemistry was awarded to two scientists―Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna―“who transformed an obscure bacterial immune mechanism, commonly called CRISPR, into a tool that can simply and cheaply edit the genomes of everything from wheat to mosquitoes to humans.”

According to the Nobel Prize committee the “genetic scissors” of CRISPR “have taken the life sciences into a new epoch and, in many ways, are bringing the greatest benefit to humankind.”

But have they? Really?

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Doesn't Everyone Deserve Organic? 4.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

I got an article this week. It appeared in Civil Eats, and it had quotations from Linley Dixon, Kathleen Merrigan, and others about COVID, farm scale, and feeding people. It raised very important questions.

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Denver anti-hunger groups remove Trump letter from federal aid boxes 29.10.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
A coalition of anti-hunger groups in Denver announced Wednesday that it has been removing a letter written by President Donald Trump from boxes of food paid for by the federal government before distributing those boxes to needy families.
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Finance for Agroecology: More Than Just a Dream? 7.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

A recent UN report revealed that the world keeps failing reaching the targets it sets to safeguard biodiversity and the benefits it provides to people. And the bad news keeps pilling up: climate chaos, biodiversity collapse, increasing inequalities, hunger and malnutrition. Every day brings further evidence of a collapsing global civilization. Forest fires, droughts, Covid-19 are further examples.

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FDA Releases ‘Feed Your Mind’ Messages on GE Foods 2.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

In an effort to educate consumers on genetically engineered, aka genetically modified (GMO), foods, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has compiled a packet of messages on what GMOs are and where you can find them.

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‘Political propaganda’ or ‘essential public health messages’? Government-sponsored food boxes include a letter from Trump, and some Chicago food pantries are removing it 30.9.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Food pantries for months have relied on a government-sponsored food box program to serve a spike in needy families during the pandemic. But the latest batch of boxes include an item some find unpalatable as the election nears: a letter signed by President Donald Trump.
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Trump Attacks Them. COVID-19 Threatens Them. But Immigrants Keep the US Fed. 28.9.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published by the Center for Public Integrity.  He was a poultry worker and a Mexican immigrant. But those details weren’t documented when Rodolfo Tinoco became one of more than 203,000 who’ve died so far from COVID-19 in the United States. Tinoco died May 12 at 63, after a month-long struggle in […]
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App-based food delivery companies must work with restaurants under new California law 25.9.2020 LA Times: Business

Companies like DoorDash, Grub Hub, Postmates and Uber Eats must sign formal agreements with local restaurants before advertising food delivery to customers.

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Lack of Key Considerations in FDA Food Chemical Safety Process Leaves Consumers at Risk of Chronic Diseases 23.9.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Lack of Key Considerations in FDA Food Chemical Safety Process Leaves Consumers at Risk of Chronic Diseases
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FDA’s Failure on Food Chemical Safety Leaves Consumers at Risk of Chronic Diseases 23.9.2020 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., Chemicals Policy Director and Maricel Maffini, Ph.D., Consultant More than 60 years ago, Congress enacted legislation requiring the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the food industry to evaluate the cumulative effects of substances in the diet that have related health impacts when assessing the safety of chemical additives. In our decade of analyzing FDA […]
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International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Is a Food Industry Lobby Group 23.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) is a corporate-funded nonprofit organization based in Washington DC, with 17 affiliated chapters around the world. ILSI describes itself as a group that conducts “science for the public good” and “improves human health and well-being and safeguards the environment.” However, investigations by academics, journalists and public interest researchers show that ILSI is a lobby group that protects the interests of the food industry, not public health.

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Cell-based, cultured… or something else? The new seafood labeling challenge. 22.9.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Cell-based, cultured… or something else? The new seafood labeling challenge.
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