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Some good news — and a bunch of bad news — on pesticide levels in U.S. streams 16.9.2014 MinnPost
CC/Flickr/Katy Silberger Much of the pesticide load in the environment comes from large-scale farming. I am ever on the lookout for news of improving environmental quality, and so was drawn to the New York Times report last Friday headlined, "Pesticide Levels in Waterways have Dropped, Reducing the Risks to Humans." Well. That's one way of looking at it, I guess. The article, by the admirable Michael Wines, dealt even-handedly if somewhat swiftly with a set of scientific findings on trend lines in pesticide sampling that are — as you might well imagine, given the subject matter — quite complex. And not so encouraging overall, by my reading. The analysis was prepared by scientists of the U.S. Geological Survey , which monitors pesticide levels in a shifting set of about 200 streams and rivers around the country. This particular report compared the results of sampling conducted in two different decades, 1992-2001 and 2002-2011, and looked at overall trends between those periods. It was published last week ...
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Food Science: What's the Harm? 15.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Corporate CEOs are always strategizing in their quest for greater revenues and profits. Often these strategies--and their resulting, insidious successes--have shaped our elections, our government, our education system, our media, our publicly funded research and development, our tax and credit systems, our trade agreements and so on. The world has never seen such an ingenious, power-concentrating machine as the modern, global corporation. Even science, which ideally should carry the banner for rigid standards, openness and integrity, has suffered the undue influence and control of autocratic, commercially-driven multinational corporations. In many disturbing cases, independent science has been increasingly displaced by the far more devious "corporate science" which places profits over people, above safety, and above revealed scientific method and peer-reviewed accountability. The food we eat is increasingly engineered by such corporate science. Biotech companies like Monsanto and DuPont have moved ...
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Herbicide and Insecticide Use on GMO Crops Skyrocketing While Pro-GMO Media Run Interference 15.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Former EPA Senior Scientist's New Article Sets Record Straight Michael Specter's recent articles bashing Vandana Shiva and the labeling of genetically engineered foods ( Seeds of Doubt and The Problem with G.M.O. Labels , 8/25/14) in the New Yorker are the latest high-profile pro-GMO articles that fail to engage with the fundamental critique of genetically engineered food crops in US soil today: rather than reduce pesticide inputs GMOs are causing them to skyrocket in amount and toxicity. Setting the record straight, Dr. Ramon J. Seidler, Ph.D., former Senior Scientist, Environmental Protection Agency, has recently published a well-researched article documenting the devastating facts, " Pesticide Use on Genetically Engineered Crops ," in Environmental Working Group's online AgMag. Dr. Seidler's article cites and links recent scientific literature and media reports, and should be required reading for all journalists covering GMOs, as well as for citizens generally to understand why their right to know if ...
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Four burned in explosion at Arizona pet food factory 15.9.2014 Yahoo: US National
(Reuters) - Four contractors were burned on Sunday in an explosion at an Arizona pet food factory, a fire department official said. The workers were welding in a grain elevator at the Nestle Purina plant in Flagstaff at around 4:30 p.m. when grain dust caught fire and sparked an explosion, said Flagstaff Fire Department Captain Bill Morse.
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Cargill fires first shot in legal battle over GMO trade responsibility 15.9.2014 Yahoo: Business
By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - Cargill Inc's [CARG.UL] lawsuit against Syngenta AG over rejections of genetically modified U.S. Trading giant Cargill said in court documents on Friday that it had lost more than $90 million because Syngenta sold Agrisure Viptera corn, known as MIR 162, to U.S. "If they can get it out there a growing season earlier, it's more money in the pocket, more money for the company, more money for the shareholders." Cargill filed its case as ...
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Four Ways Industrial Ag Is Destroying the Soil - and Your Health 14.9.2014 Truthout.com
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Cargill sues Syngenta Seed over China shipments 13.9.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
The company said it lost $90 million after corn grown from genetically modified Syngenta seed was refused by China.
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The Increasing Threat of Factory Farms 13.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Rarely do we as Americans reflect on the fact that 10 billion land animals are slaughtered each year for our food system or that over 90 percent are raised in CAFOs , better known as factory farms. Since profit is the driving force, living, breathing creatures are treated as a commodity with the goal to produce the highest volume of meat and dairy on the smallest amount of feed, taking up the least amount of square footage. These animals are crowded in cages or pens with no vegetation, restricted fresh air and movement, and are fed a disease-inducing diet that betrays what each species has evolved to eat over thousands of years. For example, as we know, cows are herbivores and they're designed to thrive on fresh grass. In the common industrialized system though, they're forced to eat GMO corn, plastic pellets (to compensate for a lack of fiber), and pulverized animal parts, which creates acidification and inflammation in their bodies. Crammed in feedlots, often standing in thick, muddy fecal matter or ...
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Foodies, Feds and Factory Farms: Why We Need Vegans Now More Than Ever 12.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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New Lawsuit Urges EPA to (Finally) Ban Neurotoxic Pesticide 11.9.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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San Francisco, Berkeley Stand Up for Public Health 11.9.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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You Need to Know: What Colony Collapse Means for Our Food Supply 10.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The ultimate who-done-it of our time is not a scandalous political act or John Grisham plot line, but the story of honey bees. 40 percent of bee colonies vanished during the winter of 2006 , and another 36 percent departed the winter after . Why? Years later, there is still no clear answer, but what we do know is that honey bees are essential for the continued functioning of our food system. Here is all you need to know about what's happening to the United States honey bee population. Why do we care about bees? The UN Food and Agriculture Organization has estimated that "out of some 100 crop species which provide 90 percent of food worldwide, 71 of these are bee-pollinated." Some say bees are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat. Bee pollination work is worth $365 billion each year . So what's happening to the bees? They are dying. A lot. And it's bad. Beginning in 2006, record numbers of honeybees began dying during the winter months. It is common to lose roughly ten to fifteen ...
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We Must Degrow the 'Corporate Food Regime': Food Sovereignty Advocate 9.9.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Cargill Rejects Calls To Move Arkansas Hog Farm 9.9.2014 WCCO: National
(credit: Spencer Tirey/Getty Images)Minnesota-based food processor Cargill said Monday that it has no plan to shutter or relocate an Arkansas hog farm, despite concerns from environmentalists who say the operation poses a pollution threat to the nearby Buffalo River.
Cargill rejects calls to move Arkansas hog farm 9.9.2014 Twincities.com: Business

Wayzata-based food processor Cargill said Monday that it has no intention to shutter or relocate an Arkansas hog farm, despite concerns from environmentalists who say the operation poses a pollution threat to the nearby Buffalo River.

Could Great Lakes Fisheries Be Revived Through Fish Farms? 9.9.2014 NPR: All Things Considered
This summer, Michigan's aquaculture industry took a step forward. And that has touched off a debate over whether the Great Lakes are an appropriate place for fish farming.
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Cargill launching data-analysis service for farmers 9.9.2014 Twincities.com: News

Cargill Inc. is developing a software service that guides farmers on how to plant crops, a foray that pits the agricultural conglomerate against a host of rivals seeking to harvest reams of data to sell "prescriptive planting" technology in North America.

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To Save Family Farms From Corporate Buyout, Retiring Farmers Connect With a New Generation 8.9.2014 Truthout.com
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Bees at the Brink: Fields of green are a desert for bees 7.9.2014 Star Tribune: Local
Farmers have few alternatives to the high-tech seeds that produce big crops — but also create an unhealthy landscape for bees.
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Pesticide drift is persistent problem for farmers 7.9.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Minneapolis • The cloud of insecticide that drifted from a neighbor’s corn field onto the asparagus on Andrew and Melissa Dunham’s central Iowa farm cast a shadow over their organic vegetable business. They say the costs from the incident and resulting loss of organic certification on their asparagus patch for three years will reach about $74,000, and they’re now working with the sprayer’s insurance company. “We’re a certified organic farm — except for our asparagus,” Melissa Dunham lamented. Pe...
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