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The Numbers Aren't Pretty 1.7.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
The folks at the Food & Environment Network (FERN) have taken on the grim task of monitoring the COIVD-19 situation in industrial slaughterhouses. The numbers aren’t pretty.  As of June 29, FERN reports that at least 36,561 meatpacking, food processing and farmworkers have tested positive for Covid-19—and at least 116 workers of those have died. Meanwhile four of the “Big Meat” companies responsible for these numbers—Tyson, JBS, Cargill and Smithfield—are being investigated for using the pandemic to needlessly endanger workers, and to deceive consumers about meat shortages so they could jack up prices, all while exporting massive amounts of meat to China. Never have we needed to shut down factory farms more than now. And never has the opportunity been more within our reach—if we can marshal the resources to get the job ...
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'Bill Gates Is Continuing the Work of Monsanto:' Vandana Shiva Calls Out Billionaire Philanthropist in French TV Interview 18.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Indian activist and author Vandana Shiva has become one of the most well known and widely followed activists in the world of environmental ecology, organic and regenerative agriculture, and other ecological movements that fly in the face of the post World War II model of using chemicals and even genetically modified organisms to grow food.

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TAKE ACTION! Ask Congress to fund local meat processing, not Big Meat bailouts! 17.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
Big Meat wants Congress to bail it out, even though the COVID-19 crisis has exposed how the industrial meat model—with its disease-ridden slaughterhouses and its unjust and monopolistic practices—is a total failure. If you’d rather see Congress fund local meat processors who help build food security for your community, please ask Congress to support the Small Packer Overtime and Holiday Fee Relief for COVID-19 Act ...
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Inside Cargill’s experiment to pay farmers for carbon sequestration 15.6.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Inside Cargill’s experiment to pay farmers for carbon sequestration Heather Clancy Mon, 06/15/2020 - 00:15 Over the past year, agricultural commodities giant Cargill stepped up its global sustainability initiatives substantially, with a series of programs created to support its science-based target of reducing supply chain emissions by 30 percent by 2030.  Like many other food companies, it’s dedicating resources to promoting regenerative agricultural practices among the farmers and seeking ways that farms can profit from their efforts to sequester carbon dioxide. That’s the backstory behind its relationship with the Soil & Water Outcomes Fund , a program intended to support farmers who design and implement initiatives aimed at improving water quality and mitigating flooding and runoff, increasing carbon sequestration, reducing emissions from on-farm operations, and creating or protecting habitat. These include practices such as planting cover crops, reducing tillage and preserving edge-of-field ...
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Save the Insects, Save the Farmers, Save Ourselves: New Global Report Calls for End of Industrial Agriculture 11.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

A new report released Tuesday draws attention to the worldwide decline in insects and calls for global policies to boost the conservation of both agriculture and the six-footed creatures. The publication, entitled Insect Atlas, comes from two progressive networks: Brussels-based Friends of the Earth and Berlin-based Heinrich Böll Foundation.

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Animal Rights Activists Uncover the Locations of Thousands of Factory Farms 5.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Animal rights activists published an interactive map on Sunday revealing the locations of more than 27,500 farms and animal agriculture facilities, including 5,812 identified using satellite imagery, many of which do not appear in public records.

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Court Overturns EPA Approval of Popular Herbicide Made by Monsanto 5.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) broke the law in approving agricultural weedkilling products sold by Bayer and two other chemical giants, ignoring clear evidence that the new herbicides would cause widespread damage to crops, a federal court ruled on Wednesday.

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‘Our Food System Is Very Much Modeled on Plantation Economics’ 4.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Janine Jackson interviewed the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Ricardo Salvador about the coronavirus food crisis for the May 8, 2020, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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Your Organic Meat Might Not Actually Be Organic 4.6.2020 Mother Jones
If you’ve ever bought organic meat, you’ve noticed the hefty price tag: An organic chicken can cost more than twice a conventional one. For some shoppers, that upcharge is worth it—the circular green and white “USDA Organic” label guarantees that the meat comes from an animal raised on feed that’s grown without pesticides or chemical […]
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That ‘All-Natural’ Smoked Atlantic Salmon You Bought? It Came from an Industrial Fish Farm 4.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
Whether you’re looking to treat yourself to a breakfast garnished with smoked salmon, or planning to serve up pre-dinner appetizers of sliced smoked salmon atop crackers, buyer beware: When it comes to the claims made on smoked Atlantic salmon packages and websites, brands are often just blowing smoke. Popular smoked Atlantic salmon brands entice consumers with promises like “premium,” “all natural,” “super fresh” and “healthy and nutritious.” Some brands claim their products are “sustainably sourced.” On the issue of animal welfare, one owner of multiple smoked Atlantic salmon brands claims on its website that the company’s approach to fish health and welfare is “second to none.” It all sounds great to the consumer. But here’s the real deal: All of these smoked Atlantic salmon products are made from salmon raised on massive industrial fish farms, and in some cases, nowhere near the Atlantic ...
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Letters to the Editor: Allegedly staging dog killings is no more scandalous than routine factory farming 30.5.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Marc Ching is accused of doing something that happens every day in America to feed meat eaters: torturing and killing sentient animals.

Slaughterhouses reopen but farmers still euthanizing pigs 30.5.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Meatpacking plants that had to briefly close due to coronavirus outbreaks have been back up and running for weeks, but production backlogs are forcing farmers to euthanize thousands of hogs that can’t be processed, drawing complaints from animal welfare advocates.
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Biodynamic Agriculture Is Farming in the Service of Life 30.5.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Dr. Mercola recently had the pleasure of coproducing a short film called "Biodynamic Agriculture: Farming in Service of Life," in partnership with 12 organizations practicing or supporting biodynamic agriculture. Beginning with the tenets of organic farming such as no use of toxic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and synthetic fertilizers, biodynamics takes farming one step further.

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Tell Congress: No Bailout for Big Meat! 30.5.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
There’s a serious flaw in the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES Act) just passed by the House: It includes a bailout for the four largest factory farm meat companies—Tyson, Cargill, JBS and Smithfield. Congress should help independent family farmers, who are on track to lose billions as a result of the COVID-19 crisis—instead of coming up with more ways to funnel money to huge agribusiness corporations. After all, Big Meat’s monopolistic practices and unsafe, unfair labor practices are what’s largely to blame for causing a shortage  of processing facilities during the ...
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EU Plans to Reduce Pesticides by 50% 30.5.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The European Commission today proposed a plan to transform the European Union’s agricultural system, to make it more sustainable and safer from a health perspective. The plan includes a target of reducing the use of pesticides by 50% in the next decade.

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Pandemic Shock: Digital Dictatorship or Green Recovery? 30.5.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
In the COVID-19-driven time warp of the past 90 days, politics, economics and public opinion have changed drastically.  Important aspects of social behavior seem to have improved—less non-essential travel, less consumption, more family focus, reduced greenhouse gas pollution (17 percent less worldwide in early April), increase in demand for healthy, home-cooked foods, appreciation for nature, mutual aid, social solidarity and more attention paid to the plight of farmworkers, small farmers, healthcare workers and food chain workers. Unfortunately, other impacts of the pandemic are quite negative, in fact catastrophic: massive infections and deaths, widespread anxiety and fear, extreme political polarization and economic meltdown, including a massive number of bankruptcies of small businesses, with 40 million workers unemployed in the U.S. alone. In addition, the federal government, led by the White House and Senate Republicans, abetted by corporate Democrats, has relaxed pollution, environmental and food ...
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'Is pork essential?' In a Smithfield town, a coronavirus-plagued meat factory comes back to life 29.5.2020 LA Times: Nation

Smithfield, one of the nation's largest pork plants in Sioux Falls, S.D., shut down after nearly a quarter of its workers were infected with the coronavirus. As it reopens, refugees who work the factory floor and hog farmers wonder if the risks are worth it.

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Orang Rimba attacked after struggling to find food during pandemic 18.5.2020 Survival International
An Orang Rimba woman surveys the remains of her house and possessions which have been destroyed by an angry mob. The attack happened after Orang Rimba tried to collect fallen oil palm fruits on their ancestral lands, so they could feed their families during the pandemic. © Warsi Eight members of the Orang Rimba tribe have been attacked after attempting to collect fallen oil palm fruits from a plantation on their ancestral lands in Indonesia’s Sumatra province. Orang Rimba who have had their land stolen by oil palm companies are struggling to find food during the pandemic. A member* of the Orang Rimba group whose members were attacked, told Survival: “The people are always angry with the Orang Rimba here because we collect the oil palm fruits, but we say this is our land, not yours.” Company guards attacked the Orang Rimba as they tried to collect oil palm fruit, throwing stones at them. After the Orang Rimba fled, one guard rounded up a mob of local villagers, who destroyed eleven Orang Rimba houses and ...
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Regenerative Agriculture: Good for Soil Health, but Limited Potential to Mitigate Climate Change 12.5.2020 WRI Stories
Regenerative Agriculture: Good for Soil Health, but Limited Potential to Mitigate Climate Change Comments|Add Comment|PrintA farmer uses a no-till planter. Photo by United Soybean Board/Flickr Agriculture needs to close an 11-gigaton greenhouse gas (GHG) gap between expected emissions in 2050 and those needed to hold global warming below 2oC. Several noteworthy reports have proposed a range of mitigation options. Our World Resources Report: Creating a Sustainable Food Future, issued jointly... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Coronavirus-linked problems in meat supply chain could mean shortages, trouble for ranchers 10.5.2020 Denver Post: Local
From the start of the beef supply chain to the end, COVID-19 has created kinks that, if not straightened out, could lead to limited selection in grocery stores, soaring prices for restaurants and consumers and some Colorado ranchers shutting their gates for good.
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