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User: flenvcenter Topic: Food-National
Category: Food Production :: Industrial Agriculture
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Stop the environmental subsidy for factory farms 17.4.2009 Grist Magazine

In an Orwellian twist, the prime beneficiaries of one of the USDA’s main environmental programs are beef, pork, and poultry factory farms.



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Earth Day reflections on food as an environmental issue 17.4.2009 Grist Magazine

We need to figure out new economic models to make sustainably produced food a viable option for everyone. For food to reach its full potential as a green issue—for our society to feed itself in a way that’s not literally destroying our habitat—that’s our challenge.



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Mexico Government Under Fire for Approving Test Plots of Monsanto's Genetically Engineered Corn 17.4.2009 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
Mexico Government Under Fire for Approving Test Plots of Monsanto's Genetically Engineered Corn
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Farm Group & CJD Foundation Trying to Sweep USA Mad Cow Crisis Under the Rug 17.4.2009 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
Farm Group & CJD Foundation Trying to Sweep USA Mad Cow Crisis Under the Rug
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1,500 Indian Farmers Commit Mass Suicide: Why We Are Complicit in these Deaths 17.4.2009 AlterNet
Crop failure may have pushed farmers over the edge, but American companies have been leading them to the cliff for years.
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1,500 Indian Farmers Commit Mass Suicide: Why We Are Complicit in these Deaths 17.4.2009 AlterNet
Crop failure may have pushed farmers over the edge, but American companies have been leading them to the cliff for years.
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Evidence Mounts on the Failures of Genetically Modified (GM) Crops 16.4.2009 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
Evidence Mounts on the Failures of Genetically Modified (GM) Crops
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Red Meat or Chicken? Why It's Wise to Stay Away from Both 16.4.2009 AlterNet
Cutting out red meat while still eating chicken doesn't address the fact that the industrial model for raising both is very bad for the environment.
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Red Meat or Chicken? Why It's Wise to Stay Away from Both 16.4.2009 AlterNet
Cutting out red meat while still eating chicken doesn't address the fact that the industrial model for raising both is very bad for the environment.
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Food Rebellions: 7 Steps to Solving the Food Crisis 16.4.2009 Commondreams.org Views
by Eric Holt-Gimenez

The World Food Program describes the current global food crisis as a silent tsunami, with billions of people going hungry. Hunger is, indeed, coming in waves, but not everyone will drown in famine. The recurrent food crises are making a handful of corporations very rich-even as they put the rest of the planet at risk.

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Honeybees Continue to Vanish: Don't Blame Aliens -- It's Our Addiction to Pesticides That's at Fault 16.4.2009 AlterNet
The chemicals we use in industrial agriculture cause brain damage to the bees, making it often impossible for them to find their way home.
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Both Sides: Conventional farming still better with eco-friend 15.4.2009 Post-Bulletin: Local Opinion
 AMES, Iowa -- The public is clearly becoming more interested in lifestyle choices that decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Whether the choice to buy organic food will help that worthy cause, however, is far from a simple question.
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1,500 Farmers Commit Mass Suicide in India 15.4.2009 CommonDreams.org Headlines

Over 1,500 farmers in an Indian state committed suicide after being driven to debt by crop failure, it was reported today.

The agricultural state of Chattisgarh was hit by falling water levels.

"The water level has gone down below 250 feet here. It used to be at 40 feet a few years ago," Shatrughan Sahu, a villager in one of the districts, told Down To Earth magazine

"Most of the farmers here are indebted and only God can save the ones who do not have a bore well."

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Protecting and Restoring Forests 15.4.2009 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
Protecting and Restoring Forests
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Germany Bans Monsanto's GM Maize 14.4.2009 CommonDreams.org Headlines

Germany is to ban the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) maize - the only GM crop widely grown in Europe.

The decision, announced on Tuesday by German Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner, is a blow to the US biotech firm Monsanto, which markets the maize.

Monsanto's variety, called MON 810, is resistant to the corn borer, a moth larva which eats the stem.

MON 810 is controversial in the EU. Several countries have banned it, defying the European Commission.

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Jeffrey Smith: Monsanto Forced Fox TV to Censor Coverage of Dangerous Milk Drug 14.4.2009 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The following is the third in a series called Get Our Milk Off Drugs, written in response to pending legislation that would interfere with dairies...
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Organic Dairy Farming Avoided 40M Pounds of Fertilizer in 2008: Report 13.4.2009 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Dairy cows -- licensed by stock.xchng user igorsp

A Colorado-based nonprofit has created a calculator that estimates the amount of chemicals avoided through organic dairy farming in the U.S.

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Touting Factory Pig Farming Safe, Really? 12.4.2009 TreeHugger
photo: In an age where nearly and mass production of livestock has led to widespread animal mistreatment and serious environmental repercussions, it seems flippant to claim that factory farming is done for the safety of consumers.... ...
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Food prices: The good, the bad, the unknown 12.4.2009 Star Tribune: Business
Costs of a mixed bag of things makes predicting food prices this year difficult.
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Beech-Nut to leave NY village after 118 years 11.4.2009 AP Business
CANAJOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) -- The big white Beech-Nut factory has dominated this little Mohawk River village since horse-and-buggy days, making everything from chewing gum to baby food and employing generations who fondly recall production lines fragrant with apples....
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