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Category: Food Production :: Industrial Agriculture
Last updated: Aug 23 2014 21:48 IST RSS 2.0
 
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What's Holding Back the Organic Food and Farming Revolution 23.8.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Cargill sues former executive 23.8.2014 Star Tribune: Business
The agribusiness giant says a top-ranking executive took trade secrets to JBS, a major competitor.
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Deere to lay off about 460 from Iowa tractor plant 22.8.2014 Twincities.com: Business
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Agricultural equipment maker Deere is laying off about 460 employees indefinitely from an Iowa tractor factory as it continues to adjust to market demand.
Deere to lay off about 460 employees from Iowa tractor plant as it adjusts to slumping demand 22.8.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Charges: Meat from cancerous cows 22.8.2014 CNN: Top Stories
A second former co-owner of the California slaughterhouse involved in a recall of nearly nine million pounds of meat was charged with knowingly processing and distributing meat from cancerous cows, court documents released this week say.
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Apparent missile strike on idled Cargill plant in Ukraine 21.8.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Caught up in Ukraine's civil strife, facility has been closed for 6 weeks and also occupied.
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When Forests Aren't Really Forests: The High Cost of Chile's Tree Plantaions 20.8.2014 Environmental News Network
At first glance, the statistics tell a hopeful story: Chile’s forests are expanding. According to Global Forest Watch, overall forest cover changes show approximately 300,000 hectares were gained between 2000 and 2013 in Chile’s central and southern regions. Specifically, 1.4 million hectares of forest cover were gained, while about 1.1 million hectares were lost. On the ground, however, a different scene plays out: monocultures have replaced diverse natural forests while Mapuche native protesters burn pine plantations, blockade roads and destroy logging equipment. At the crux of these two starkly contrasting narratives is the definition of a single word: “forest.”
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Fish Firm's Woes Show Greek Bankruptcy Gap 20.8.2014 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Before Greece's debt crisis, Nireus Aquaculture grew into one of the world's largest fish farmers. Its struggles since then show how the country's bankruptcy laws are helping stymie an economic recovery.
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Cargill doubles size of Plymouth innovation center 20.8.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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The Toledo Water Crisis Won’t Be the Last 19.8.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Ex-slaughterhouse staff charged 19.8.2014 CNN: Top Stories
Former workers at a California slaughterhouse involved in one of the largest meat recalls in years have been charged with knowingly processing and distributing meat from cancerous cows, according to court documents released Monday.
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Slaughterhouse indicted for allegedly selling cancer-ridden beef 19.8.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
The co-owners of a Petaluma, Calif., slaughterhouse behind a massive beef recall were indicted by a federal grand jury along with two of their employees for knowingly distributing cattle with eye cancer and processing condemned ...
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Slaughterhouse indicted for allegedly selling cancer-ridden beef 19.8.2014 LA Times: Business
The co-owners of a Petaluma, Calif., slaughterhouse behind a massive beef recall were indicted by a federal grand jury along with two of their employees for knowingly distributing cattle with eye cancer and processing condemned carcasses.
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The Overlooked Plight of Factory Farm Workers 19.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In December, NBC News published a story on an undercover video of animal cruelty in a contract farm to Tyson Meats . If you haven't seen it already, I highly recommend watching it. If nothing else, this is one perspective of a frightening story and spectacularly succeeds in giving one a sense of the problem that we have on our hands. The footage shows brutal and harsh treatment of pigs in a barn-like facility. The article offers a warning on the graphic nature of the video, brief summarizes the footage, and then goes on to quote an apology from Tyson, who promises to terminate its contract with that farm. This resolution leaves us with a nice sense of closure, but frankly, the entire story alarms me. In telling this story, the video means to evoke a sense of outrage and disgust, and in that I think it succeeds spectacularly. But the disgust it raises is wholly directed towards the workers. We see scene after scene of workers performing acts of violence against pigs, with no sense of what the workers are ...
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Toxic Algae Scare Prompts Backlash Against Farms 18.8.2014 Environmental News Network
What do a no-drink order in Toledo and a backlash against factory farming have in common? A lot, as it turns out. Residents of Ohio's fourth-largest city were advised for multiple days earlier this month to refrain from drinking their tap water because it had been contaminated by toxic algae. As residents struggled to deal with their contaminated water supply, the culprit behind the problem became readily apparent: factory farms. The Ohio Agriculture Advisory Council (OAAC) is proposing a regulatory crackdown that could forever change industrial farming practices in this Midwestern state.
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Deere to lay off 600 employees at four factories 16.8.2014 Star Tribune: Business
The farm equipment maker says falling commodity prices have cooled demand for the large equipment.
Minnesota activists join Arkansas hog farm fight 15.8.2014 Twincities.com: Local

Twin Cities environmentalists have joined a campaign asking a food processing company to relocate its Arkansas hog farm.

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Deere to lay off 600 employees at four factories 15.8.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Deere & Co., the world's largest maker of farm equipment, said it would indefinitely lay off 600 employees at four agricultural equipment ...
Minn. environmentalists join fight over Cargill's Arkansas hog operations 15.8.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Some of the anger over the facility comes from the fact that it's located on a tributary just six miles from the Buffalo River, an area they gets special protection from the National Park Service.
Westport king catch limit raised from one to two daily starting Monday 15.8.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
The daily catch limit for kings off Westport will go from one to two beginning Monday, Aug. 18, and now comes in line with other coastal ports of La Push and Neah Bay.
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