On December 31 2020, the newsrack service will be shut down permanently.

It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

If you need to access any data, email me: subbu at newsrack.in

 
User: flenvcenter Topic: Food-National
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Marion Moses, Cesar Chavez confidant and expert on farmworkers' health, dies 4.9.2020 LA Times: Environment

Marion Moses, a leader on pesticides who advocated for the health and safety of farmworkers, was 84.

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Stop Eating Pesticides: Which Produce Should You Pick? 2.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Sinking your teeth into a crisp apple or chomping on a stalk of celery is something you should be able to do without thinking. After all, the best nutritional science shows that eating a variety of fruits and vegetables—and plenty of them—is a crucial component of good health. But produce sometimes comes with potentially harmful pesticide levels.

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Monsanto-Sponsored Panel Featured CSPI Food Policy Group 2.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), which is supposed to be a "food police" and consumer advocacy group, was co-founded in 1971 by Michael Jacobson, who is still the executive director to this day. CSPI also manages the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity, which is the largest nutrition advocacy coalition in the United States.

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Connecting the Dots: Big Meat, Big Pharma, Big Vaccines and Big Pandemics 21.8.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is surely the worst in recent memory, but prehistory is full of records of plagues and pandemics. In more modern history, we’ve seen the Asian flu pandemic of 1957, the Hong Kong flu pandemic of 1968 and the AIDS pandemic of 1981. Then, a decade ago, along came H1N1 , a novel flu virus hosted by pigs. H1N1 was followed in 1997 by H5N1 , a bird flu virus that first surfaced  in Hong Kong. What's different about these more recent pandemics? They're directly linked to the “intensive confinement of animals” in factory farms, according to the Journal of Public Health ...
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6 Ways the US Can Curb Climate Change and Grow More Food 21.8.2020 WRI Stories
6 Ways the US Can Curb Climate Change and Grow More Food Comments|Add Comment|PrintHarvesting corn. Photo by United Soybean Board/Flickr American agriculture is among the most productive in the world. It employs 2.6 million people in growing food and other products worth nearly $400 billion annually. Over 20% of that output is shipped abroad, making the United States the largest exporter of agricultural products globally. U.S. agriculture has also grown more efficient in recent years,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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From Farm To Factory: The Unstoppable Rise of American Chicken 20.8.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Acentury ago, Americans would not recognise our modern hunger for chicken. The year-long market for tender but relatively bland chicken meat is a newish phenomenon, and without it the idea of chicken cutlets, $5 rotisseries, or the McNugget would be a fantasy.

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Farmers Reject Biden’s Pro-Corporate Rural Advisers 20.8.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Political conventions traditionally feature an orgy of corporate lobbyists and big money courting public officials. You’d think such displays wouldn’t factor into a convention-at-home setup in 2020. After all, where would the lobbyists and hangers-on congregate? The answer is, apparently, on Zoom.

Organic Diets Quickly Reduce the Amount of Glyphosate in People’s Bodies 13.8.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Eating an organic diet rapidly and significantly reduces exposure to glyphosate—the world's most widely-used weed killer, which has been linked to cancer, hormone disruption and other harmful impacts, according to a new study.

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U.S. Study Shows Switch to Organic Diet Can Quickly Clear Pesticide From Our Bodies 12.8.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
A new study  published Tuesday  found that after switching to an organic diet for just a few days, people could cut the levels of a pesticide linked to cancer found in their urine by more than 70 percent. The researchers collected a total of 158 urine samples from four families –seven adults and nine children – and examined the samples for the presence of the weed killer glyphosate, which is the active ingredient in Roundup and other popular herbicides. The participants spent five days on a completely non-organic diet and five days on a completely organic diet. “This study demonstrates that shifting to an organic diet is an effective way to reduce body burden of glyphosate… This research adds to a growing body of literature indicating that an organic diet may reduce exposure to a range of pesticides in children and adults,” states the study, which was published in the journal Environmental ...
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Why We Oppose Golden Rice 11.8.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The push for corporate-led solutions to hunger and malnutrition is alarming. In particular, Golden Rice is now being proposed as a solution to the worsening hunger and malnutrition associated with the pandemic. Agrochemical transnationals (TNCs) and collaborating institutions such as the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) are using concerns over food security during the pandemic to push for an industrial agricultural system that is already discredited. To quote PAN Asia Pacific:

“in the webinar “The future of food systems in Southeast Asia post-COVID19” organised by IRRI and the FAO, Jean Balie, IRRI’s head of Agri-Food Policy, said that they are “looking to increase the mineral and vitamin content in rice grains” as a response to the pandemic, alluding to renewed promotion of the genetically-modified Golden Rice, which has recently been approved for commercialization in Bangladesh and the Philippines” said PANAP.

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How Cargill’s new science-based water targets go with the flow 27.7.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
How Cargill’s new science-based water targets go with the flow Joel Makower Mon, 07/27/2020 - 02:11 Cargill, the giant food and ag conglomerate, last week announced a new set of 2030 corporate water targets, the latest to do so among firms in its sector. But this was no me-too kind of endeavor. Rather, it put the company at the front of the pack, going well beyond its own operational footprint to engage its entire supply chain, and to do so using a novel science-based approach for water. Specifically, Cargill said that by the end of the decade it would restore about 158 billion gallons of water, reduce about 5,500 tons of water pollutants and boost access to safe drinking water — all in what it refers to as  priority watersheds , regions around the world where the company has a significant operational or supply-chain water footprint.  This isn’t small potatoes. Agriculture represents about 80 percent of freshwater use in the United States and about 70 percent globally. Ag also is a major contributor both ...
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Think About This When You Eat an Impossible Burger 25.7.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Soy, and peas, and the other GMO commodities are synthesized in a laboratory to feed the people of the world a "new" kind of food, fake meat like Impossible Burgers. 

The ingredients of monocropped soy and peas are produced by multinational corporations with reductionist science worldviews. Obscene amounts of money are made in this industry by Wall Street and Silicon Valley, not by the people living in rural America. In addition to the damages that I listed above, rural America was impoverished by this system of land management. It is one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century. 

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Redirecting Agricultural Subsidies for a Sustainable Food Future 21.7.2020 WRI Stories
Redirecting Agricultural Subsidies for a Sustainable Food Future Comments|Add Comment|PrintVery little of the world's massive agricultural subsidies support sustainable farming practices. Photo by Walmart/Flickr To both feed the world and solve climate change, the world needs to produce 50% more food in 2050 compared to 2010 while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by two-thirds. While government funding has an important role to play, a new World Bank report I wrote with seven co-authors found... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Sign the Petition: It’s Time for Radical Reform: No More Factory Farms! 16.7.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
Industrial factory farming threatens our health, our environment and our local economic and food security. The handful of “Big Meat” corporations that monopolize industrial meat production are guilty of exploiting meatpacking workers, farmworkers, farmers and ranchers—and torturing billions of farm animals. There’s a better way. We need to act ...
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Mexico Bans Monsanto's Roundup Herbicide 16.7.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Mexico is breaking free from Monsanto’s grip on its soil.

The country’s Environment Ministry just announced it plans to gradually reduce the amount of glyphosate farmers are allowed to use, until it is completely phased out in 2024.

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Agro-Imperialism in the Time of Covid-19 16.7.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Nestlé, the world's largest food company, is known for scandal. It earned the nickname "babykiller" in the 1970s for causing infant illness and death in low-income communities by promoting bottle feeding of its infant formula and discouraging breast feeding. In recent years, similar charges have been made against the company for contributing to soaring rates of obesity and diabetes in poor communities by targeting them for sales of ultra-processed junk foods.

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The Regeneration Revolution: Rising Up Against Big Meat and Factory Farms 15.7.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Under the gun, reeling from an unprecedented public health, racial justice, environmental and climate crisis, now is certainly not the time to mince words nor offer up piecemeal reforms to greenwash a failed, degenerate system. As I point out in my recent book, Grassroots Rising: A Call to Action on Climate, Farming, Food, and a Green New Deal there are no magical, easy tweaks to business, politics and consumer behavior “as usual” that can save us.

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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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