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On frozen fields, North Korean farmers prep for battle ahead 20.2.2017 Washington Post: World
Plug your noses and ready your “Juche fertilizer.” It’s time to prep the frozen fields in North Korea.
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On frozen fields, North Korean farmers prep for battle ahead 20.2.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Plug your noses and ready your “Juche fertilizer.” It’s time to prep the frozen fields in North Korea. North Korea relies on its farmers to squeeze absolutely all they can out of every harvest. It’s a tall order in a country with 25 million mouths to feed that is mostly […]
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Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby produces 176 chinook heading into final day of event 19.2.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

Heading into Sunday, the final day of the three-day, Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby’s Winter Blackmouth Classic a total of 753 anglers have produced a catch of 176 fish. The derby – held for more than 40 years and part of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series – covers more than 500 square miles of salmon fishing […]
Seeding the Future Against Destructive Neoliberal Capitalism 18.2.2017 Truthout.com
Speakers at a seed exchange near the Río Santiago in México share planting tips. (Photo: Michael Meurer) The current oppressive neoliberal economic philosophy and its destructive regime of globalized capital is not inevitable. Just as the collapse of the Berlin Wall came out of small local civic movements, many powerful new political and civic movements are growing in Latin America, Europe and the US, offering a future of radical hope. Speakers at a seed exchange near the Río Santiago in México share planting tips. (Photo: Michael Meurer) There was much bluster about US job losses under NAFTA in the 2016 election, but walking along the banks of the Río Santiago in the pueblo of Juanacatlán, Mexico , the larger impact of the agreement immediately becomes a searing reality. One's eyes and skin burn after only a few minutes' exposure to the toxic spray and sulfurous stench as foaming waves of chemical pollution cascade over a once pristine falls known only a few decades ago as the Niagara of Mexico . The ...
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Northern coastal river creel checks show just a few winter steelhead caught 17.2.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

Here is the state Fish and Wildlife creel data taken for the 2016-2017 northern Olympic coastal winter steelhead fishing season (release all wild steelhead and wild rainbow trout, and only one barbless hook with up to three points may be used): BOGACHIEL AND QUILLAYUTE RIVERS Nine bank anglers and two boat anglers Dec.1-3 kept 11 […]
Fighting Among Corporate Organic Factions Places Organic Animal Welfare in Limbo / Trump Administration to Decide the Fate 15.2.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire

One of the pending regulations released in the final days of the Obama administration, and put on hold by the Trump White House, was an already controversial rule that pits legitimate family-scale organic farmers against the operators of “factory farms” that had already been accused of violating existing organic animal welfare standards.

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#NotOurLaborSec: Fast Food Workers Protest Puzder at Corporate Offices and Chains Nationwide 14.2.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

For the third time since anti-worker fast food CEO Andy Puzder's nomination for Labor Secretary was announced, fast food workers are flooding the streets in protest.

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With Big Ag Giveaways In the Works, Sessions Urged to Reject Mega-Mergers 14.2.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Big Ag could score some big wins under newly confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, roughly 325 food and farm groups warned on Monday, urging Sessions to reject agricultural mega-mergers that would put corporate interests above public health, small farmers, and the environment. 

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Over 300 Food and Farm Groups Urge Jeff Sessions to Oppose Agricultural Mega-Mergers 13.2.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire
Food and Farm Groups

Nearly 325 farming, beekeeping, farmworker, religious, food safety, and conservation advocacy groups today urged the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct a thorough investigation into the proposed mergers of the world’s largest agrochemical and seed companies. Groups urged Jeff Sessions, the new Attorney General, to enjoin the mergers of Dow Chemical with DuPont, Monsanto with Bayer AG, and Syngenta with ChemChina on the grounds that they will drive up food and farming costs, threaten global food security, curtail innovation, threaten the health of farmworkers, and limit farmer choice.

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Almost 500,000 coho forecast to Columbia River in 2017, other returns to be unveiled on Feb. 28 11.2.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

Salmon forecasts for 2017 will be unveiled Feb. 28 by state Fish and Wildlife, but a few early hints of what to expect have already come to light. The Oregon Production Index – which provides ocean coho abundance forecasts for Columbia River and northern Oregon coast- announced this week showed numbers will likely be down although […]
Counter: Lessons in comfort food 11.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Comfort food can mean a lot of different things to different people; it can also be relevant to specific times, for personal or global reasons. Midway through February is a good time to find comfort in patisseries and candy shops, whether you’re sourcing chocolate for your beloved or your neighbor,...

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Winter steelhead checks show northern coastal river catches ramping up 10.2.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

Here is the state Fish and Wildlife creel data taken for the 2016-2017 northern Olympic coastal winter steelhead fishing season (release all wild steelhead and wild rainbow trout, and only one barbless hook with up to three points may be used): BOGACHIEL AND QUILLAYUTE RIVERS Nine bank anglers and two boat anglers Dec.1-3 kept 11 […]
Where to get your Valentine's Day chocolates in L.A. 7.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

It’s that time of year again: time to find some roses, make a dinner reservation (your temple of haute cuisine, my taco truck) or engineer your own meal for your beloved, and locate some very good chocolate, assuming you do this sort of thing. If not, it’s an excellent excuse to get yourself some...

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Dive into debate on hatchery salmon production and marine fishing opportunities in weeks ahead 5.2.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

Here is Tony Floor’s Tackle Box report for February: A couple of columns ago, I received a reply from a reader who asked several questions about the program (federal, state and tribal) requiring all hatchery Chinook and coho salmon to be adipose fin clipped prior to their release. The program, for those of us who […]
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EPA to consider perchlorate risks from degradation of hypochlorite bleach 3.2.2017 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., is Chemicals Policy Director and Maricel Maffini, Ph.D., Consultant Virtually all types of food contain measurable amounts of perchlorate. Young children are the most highly exposed, and they consume levels that may be unsafe. Reducing exposure to perchlorate is of public health importance because it presents a risk to children’s brain development One […]
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Three Life-or-Death Reasons Why Climate, Food, and Native American Activists Need to Keep Working Together 1.2.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Ronnie Cummins

On Tuesday,  January 24, Donald Trump signed presidential memorandums to revive the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines—two major dirty oil and fracking pipelines halted by the Obama administration after massive resistance from indigenous, climate and other public interest groups, including food activists.

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Monsanto's Mind-Meld; Spin Machine in High Gear 1.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Alternative facts, indeed. Less than two weeks into the presidency of Donald Trump it appears we are seeing the ushering in of a new era of twisted truths, fake news, and selective science. That should be good news to the corporate spin doctors who are deep into a campaign now to try to combat global concerns about the world's favorite weed killer. Corporate spin is nothing new. Whether it's cigarettes or sugar-laden sodas, the companies that make billions from such products employ a variety of strategies to promote the good and bury the bad. Some even outright lie while doing so. But the tactics being unveiled by Monsanto and surrogates over glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide and the lynchpin for the success of genetically engineered crops, are noteworthy for the depths of their deception. The latest move, the formation of a group called "Campaign for Accuracy in Public Health Research", (CAPHR) clearly promotes an agenda opposite to that which its name implies. Formed this ...
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Refugees Make Your Dinner. Literally. 31.1.2017 Mother Jones
Of all the outrage generated by President Donald Trump's ban on refugees entering the country , the most surprising critic might be the US meat industry. Turns out, people fleeing desperate conditions in violence-ravaged countries have emerged as a key labor source for the nation's vast and dangerous slaughterhouses. Because meat-packing is such a high-turnover occupation, precise numbers on the makeup of its labor pool are hard to come by. The Journal reports that about a third of meat-packing workers are foreign-born, and that industry has increasingly turned to refugee populations to fill jobs.  The head of the industry's main trade association, the North American Meat Institute, put it delicately in a statement to The Wall Street Journal: "As the administration pursues changes to the nation's refugee policies, we hope it will give careful consideration to the ramifications policy changes like these can have on our businesses and on foreign born workers who are eager to build new lives in America ...
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California gets closer to requiring cancer warning label on Roundup weed killer 28.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

California can require Monsanto to label its popular weed killer Roundup as a possible cancer threat even though the chemical giant insists it poses no risk to people, a judge tentatively ruled Friday.

California would be the first state to order such labeling if it carries out the proposal.

Monsanto...

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New tool helps oyster growers prepare for changing ocean chemistry 27.1.2017 Environmental News Network
For Bill Mook, coastal acidification is one thing his oyster hatchery cannot afford to ignore.Mook Sea Farm depends on seawater from the Gulf of Maine pumped into a Quonset hut-style building where tiny oysters are grown in tanks. Mook sells these tiny oysters to other oyster farmers or transfers them to his oyster farm on the Damariscotta River where they grow large enough to sell to restaurants and markets on the East Coast.The global ocean has soaked up one third of human-caused carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions since the start of the Industrial Era, increasing the CO2 and acidity of seawater. Increased seawater acidity reduces available carbonate, the building blocks used by shellfish to grow their shells. Rain washing fertilizer and other nutrients into nearshore waters can also increase ocean acidity.
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