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Category: Food Production :: Industrial Agriculture
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Leaked Trade Deal Chapter Reveals Corporate-Friendly Subversion of Public Health, Food Safety 25.7.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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McDonald's Meat Scandal Leads To Detainment Of 5 People In China 23.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
SHANGHAI/LANGFANG, China, July 23 (Reuters) - Shanghai police said on Wednesday they detained five people in an investigation into a Chinese-based supplier of foreign fast-food brands including KFC and McDonald's Corp over allegations the firm supplied out-of-date meat. The five detained include the head of the company - Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, a unit of U.S.-based OSI Group LLC - and the firm's quality manager, the police said in an online statement. It gave no other details. McDonald's, Yum Brands Inc, the parent company of KFC and Pizza Hut, and coffee chain Starbucks Corp are among global brands to have pulled products from their outlets after it emerged that Shanghai Husi supplied expired meat to clients in China, as well as Japan, in the latest in a series of food safety scandals in the country. Earlier, the official Xinhua news agency cited the Shanghai food and drug watchdog as saying that food safety violations at Shanghai Husi were company-led rather than the acts of individuals. "We ...
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Northwest wildlife refuges to phase out pesticide 22.7.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Federal wildlife refuges in the Northwest and Hawaii will phase out a class of pesticides that are chemically similar to nicotine because they pose a threat to bees and other pollinators key to crop growth.
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Iowa Goes Bananas for GMOs 21.7.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Ag-Gag Laws Are Un-American and Unconstitutional 21.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
There have been dozens of undercover employment-based investigations of the meat, dairy, and egg industries by animal protection groups in the past 15 years. These investigations have led to felony conviction for egregious cruelty to animals , the country's largest meat recall , and a civil settlement of $497 million . They have also led to improved conditions for farm animals, laws against certain confinement systems in nine states, and corporate farm animal welfare policies from most of the country's largest fast food restaurants, grocery chains, and meat companies, from McDonald's and Burger King to Smithfield Foods and Hormel. In 2011, the meat industry responded, but not by improving conditions for farm animals; instead, it proposed laws in four states to prohibit the investigations. In 2012, pro-factory farm legislators enacted three such laws, and last year, they proposed eleven more. This year, they have proposed half a dozen, and passed one. Animal protection, consumer safety, and free speech ...
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China shuts meat factory supplying McDonald's, KFC 21.7.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
Shanghai has shut a factory of US food provider OSI Group for selling out-of-date meat to restaurant giants including McDonald's and KFC, authorities said Monday in China's latest food safety scandal. Shanghai television, which reported the original allegations, said that workers at the OSI China plant in the city mixed expired meat with the fresh product and deliberately misled quality inspectors from ...
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Iowa Goes Bananas for GMOs 20.7.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Rows of corn grow on a farm in Atkins, Iowa. (Photo: Firskey/ cc/ Flickr)Iowa happens to have planted more genetically engineered corn and soybeans than any other state this year.

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Iowa Goes Bananas for GMOs 20.7.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Rows of corn grow on a farm in Atkins, Iowa. (Photo: Firskey/ cc/ Flickr)Iowa happens to have planted more genetically engineered corn and soybeans than any other state this year.

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Activist deploys drones to expose factory farm operations 20.7.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
An independent journalist says he's found a way around the so-called "ag-gag" laws by flying drones over large livestock operations to document animal welfare problems and pollution.
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Deploying Drones To Get An Overview Of Factory Farms 19.7.2014 NPR News
Writer Will Potter raised money through Kickstarter to buy drones and other equipment to investigate animal agriculture in the U.S. He says drones will help him circumvent so-called "ag-gag" laws.
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Cargill to ease up on antibiotics 19.7.2014 Star Tribune: Business
The company is phasing out the growth-promoting drugs in its turkeys amid concern about their effects on humans.
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An Open Letter From a Farmer to Angry Vegetarians 18.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
About once a week I get an email or comment from the Animal Rights contingent. It is expected and usually I do not engage. I need to remember that when I published my first book I was a vegetarian raising a few laying hens and pet rabbits. Readers who knew me as the 25-year-old girl they read about (at the time just farm-curious and toying with the idea of homesteading) meet a very different woman on my current blog. To read that book and then pop into a blog where just seven years later that same vegetarian is raising hogs, lambs, and poultry for meat is unsettling and shocking to some readers. And so I get these notes from what I call the Angry Vegetarians. The folks who feel personally betrayed, not just for my change of diet but my change in ideas. Yesterday I was called a murderer. I've been called that many time, and in some emails, that is the nicest part of the correspondence. The following is a letter to that Angry Vegetarian and to any others who may feel the same way. But before you read it ...
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You Need to Know: What Do Natural, Local and Organic Mean? 18.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Today's consumers are increasingly concerned with where their food comes from, and demand for "organic," "local" and "natural" foods is on the rise . But what do those labels really mean? Are we getting what we think we are when we buy "all natural" granola bars or "organic" beef? And how local is "local?" Here's what you need to know about "organic," "local" and "natural" food labels. What is the legal definition of "natural" when it comes to food? Whoops -- there isn't one. We're not kidding, there is no government regulation of the word "natural" for any food. Even though most food labels are highly regulated, the word "natural" remains undefined. The only guidance for what qualifies as natural is nothing artificial or synthetic . Really? Why isn't it legally defined? The answer is a rather philosophical one: What is nature? Nearly every food item for sale is processed in some way. Who is to say that one thing is more natural than the other? Is beet juice natural if it has been squeezed out of the ...
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Salmon anglers have many options 17.7.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Salmon runs are criss-crossing just about every part of the state, and the fishing action is decent for kings, coho and sockeye.
Northern and central Puget Sound hatchery king fishery mixed bag of success 17.7.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
The hatchery king opener on Wednesday in northern and central Puget Sound produced fair to good action depending on where you fished.
10 ways to make your garden more green 15.7.2014 TreeHugger
How green does your garden really grow? Top 10 tips for making sure your garden is chemical free and growing strong.
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Organic food has real nutritional benefits 15.7.2014 TreeHugger
When compared to conventional produce, organic has more antioxidants, fewer toxic metals, and less pesticide residue.
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Organic foods are more nutritious, according to review of 343 studies 15.7.2014 LA Times: Top News
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The Assault on Organics 14.7.2014 Truthout.com
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The Assault on Organics 14.7.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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