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Corporate Agricultural Dumping: Growing the Wealth Gap 21.7.2017 Truthout - All Articles
The Trump administration is threatening to crack down on foreign steel producers who are allegedly dumping cheap steel into the US market. "Dumping," the practice of exporting goods at prices lower than in the country where the goods are produced, is widely considered an unfair way to gain foreign market share. But you're unlikely to hear Trump officials complain about dumping in agricultural trade because in this sector, it's the US exporters who are at fault. The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) has used World Trade Organization formulas to document the systematic dumping of US grown agricultural commodities (specifically wheat, soybeans, corn, cotton, and rice) for two decades. They found that in the wake of the volatile commodity markets that dominated in the period from 2007 to 2013, export prices largely exceeded production costs. In recent years, however, US agricultural commodity dumping has started again. According to  IATP's calculations , in 2015 US wheat was exported at 32 ...
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State investigating Monsanto weed killer after farmers' complaints 20.7.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
Minnesota farmers have joined hundreds in the southern U.S. who allege that the weed kiler dicamba is drifting, hurting non-resistant fields.
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Keith Kloor’s Endearing Love Affair With GMOs 20.7.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
New York University’s adjunct journalism professor has curious ideas about science and reporting
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Arkansas and Missouri Ban Monsanto-Made Dicamba Weed Killer 18.7.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Trouble is brewing in the fields of Arkansas, in the form of an herbicide known as  dicamba . It's a powerful tool for keeping broad-leafed weeds down, but it's also bad news for crops that aren't resistant to it, which is why people have filed  242 complaints  about misuse of the compound. The stakes are big for agriculture in the state, and dicamba has emerged in a larger conversation about agricultural chemicals across the country. For Arkansas and nearby Missouri, however, the answer was simple: ban this  potentially hazardous herbicide  before it causes more damage. Historically, farmers applied dicamba as a  pre-emergent , spraying it on the soil before crops actually sprouted. That changed when Monsanto began developing crops that could resist the compound, opening up the possibility of using the herbicide on plants to kill surrounding weeds -- including those resistant to glycophosphate, a popular herbicide. Now, farmers are straddling a divide: Those with dicamba-resistant seeds are merrily ...
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On a fin and a prayer: Hundreds of tiny greenback cutthroat trout transplanted to their native habitat 18.7.2017 Denver Post: Local
More than 50 volunteers from Trout Unlimited and other conservation groups hauled 20-pound packs of the year-old, genetically pure greenback cutthroat trout into the type of high-country streams where they evolved.
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PHOTOS: Pure bred Greenback Cutthroat Trout released into Herman Gulch 18.7.2017 Denver Post: Local
Colorado Parks & Wildlife Hatchery technicians transferred yearling Greenback Cutthroat trout from a truck into buckets at the Herman Gulch trailhead on July 17, 2017 in Summit County near Silverthorne, Colorado.
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Cargill Mulls Meat Deals as Portfolio Shifts 14.7.2017 Wall St. Journal: US Business
After revamping its sprawling food and agriculture portfolio, Cargill Inc. is considering acquisitions.
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Warren Buffett's son taps family fortune to jump-start Decatur's recovery 14.7.2017 Chicago Tribune: Business
When Mandy Christian left Decatur in 2005, she swore she'd never move back to the shrinking city. The county seat nearly smack dab in the middle of the state didn't have much going for it, Christian thought, and it had a bad reputation when it came to crime. Yet there was Christian, now 35, ...
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Poverty Wages, Deportations, Wage Theft, Cockroaches: Farmworkers Demand Dignity From Ben & Jerry's 12.7.2017 Truthout.com
As monolithic ice cream producers like Ben & Jerry's impose ever-shrinking prices on their supply chains, the largely migrant dairy farmworkers at the receiving end of the poverty wages and unsanitary living conditions have organized behind several direct actions. Intimidation by immigration police has only created greater solidarity among workers. Enrique Balcazar leads hundreds of farmworkers and allies in marching on Ben & Jerry's factory. (Photo: Jonathan Leavitt) More than 200 farmworkers and allies marched on the Ben & Jerry's factory Saturday, June 17, to demand that the ice cream corporation with $600 million in annual revenue implement "Milk with Dignity." On their 13-mile march from Vermont's statehouse to the tourist-laden ice cream factory, farmworkers told of illegally withheld wages in the Ben & Jerry's supply chain, 40 percent of farmworkers not getting minimum wage, 40 percent not getting a day off a week, exhaustion from insufficient sleep, a lack of clean water and cockroach-infested ...
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The Hatchery plans $30M food incubator for East Garfield Park 11.7.2017 Chicago Tribune: Business
The Hatchery, a food incubator on Chicago's Near Northwest Side, is expected to break ground this fall on a $30 million facility in East Garfield Park, possibly spurring an influx of jobs in an impoverished neighborhood if everything goes according to plan. The project marks an intriguing ...
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States join fight over EPA chief's decision not to ban pesticide that can harm children's brains 7.7.2017 LA Times: Business

Several states are seeking to join a legal challenge to a Trump administration decision to keep a widely used pesticide on the market despite studies showing it can harm children's brains.

Led by New York, the coalition filed a motion Wednesday to intervene in a legal fight over the continued spraying...

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Govt, industry and farmers need to ensure pesticides are used scientifically: Experts 6.7.2017 Chandigarh – The Indian Express
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Pesticides are harming bees -- but not everywhere, major new study shows 30.6.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A huge new study conducted in 33 sites across Europe finds that seeds coated with neonicotinoid pesticides harm bees living nearby. The damage, though, depends on local conditions.
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Documentary 'Food Evolution' turns to reason to discuss GMO controversy 30.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Calm, careful, potentially revolutionary, "Food Evolution" is an iconoclastic documentary on a hot-button topic. Persuasive rather than polemical, it's the unusual issue film that deals in counterintuitive reason rather than barely controlled hysteria.

As directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy, "Food...

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Pesticides Are Harming Bees — But Not Everywhere, Major New Study Shows 30.6.2017 NPR Health Science
A huge new study conducted in 33 sites across Europe finds that seeds coated with neonicotinoid pesticides harm bees living nearby. The damage, though, depends on local conditions.
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Field tests show how pesticides can wreak havoc on honeybees 30.6.2017 LA Times: Science
In two of the first large-scale, field-realistic studies to date, researchers have affirmed that prolonged exposure to neonicotinoids negatively affects bees.
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Dear USDA: Stop squeezing the food industry with outdated subsidies 29.6.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Food and farm facts to chew on.
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Victim in fatal Sevier County crash identified as Utah fish hatchery specialist 29.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources confirmed Wednesday that one of its employees had died when his state truck rolled and crashed in the central Utah town of Sigurd. The victim was identified as Jared Baker, a fish hatchery specialist. Sevier County Sheriff Nathan Curtis said Baker was the only occupant of the truck when it went off the east side of State Road 24 near 1200 North, apparently overcorrected and flipped, landing on the vehicle’s cab about 2:40 p.m. Tuesday. DWR spokeswoman Robi... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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EPA Chief's Refusal To Ban Pesticide 'Puts All Children At Risk,' Pediatricians Warn 28.6.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The American Academy of Pediatrics says the agency "has no basis" to continue allowing brain-damaging chlorpyrifos on crops.
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EPA chief met with Dow CEO before deciding on pesticide ban 28.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • The Trump administration’s top environmental official met privately with the chief executive of Dow Chemical shortly before reversing his agency’s push to ban a widely used pesticide after health studies showed it can harm children’s brains, according to records obtained by The Associated Press. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s schedule shows he met with Dow CEO Andrew Liveris on March 9 for about a half hour at a Houston hotel. Both men were featured spe...
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