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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 29th, 2010
By Joel Johnson, In Sex at Dawn, Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá put to lie the notion of sexual monogamy as something intrinsically human, arguing we gave up sexual novelty for agriculture. "Agriculture" probably means "beer". We gave up orgies for beer? As a lover of both booze and sex alike, it's the most troubling existential question I've ever faced: Would I give up easy access to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 24th, 2010
After taking more twists and turns than a 40 foot tapeworm, the Food Safety Modernization Act finally went back to the U.S. House of Representatives where it passed the Senate version of the bill by a vote of 215 to 144. The House vote ends nearly a month of legislative limbo after the Senate originally passed the controversial bill on November 30th by a wide bipartisan margin of 73 to 25, but a... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 23rd, 2010
After more twists than a 40 foot tapeworm, the Food Safety Modernization Act finally went back to the U.S. House of Representatives where it passed the Senate version of the bill by a vote of 215 to 144. The House vote ends three weeks of legislative limbo after the Senate originally passed the controversial bill on November 30th by a wide bipartisan margin of 73 to 25, but a procedural error in... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 17th, 2010
If you've been following the latest drama surrounding the food safety bill, you'll know that last week the previously passed Senate version of S.510 (73 to 25) was attached to a continuing resolution, needed to fund the federal government, and squeaked out of the House of Representatives with a narrow vote of 212 to 206 to go back to the Senate for final approval where it now languishes. Late... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 16th, 2010
By Shawn Kramer Sisson, Some of you may know that the Department of Justice has been holding agriculture antitrust workshops over the past year, culminating with the final workshop this past week in Washington, DC. You can catch some of it on C-Span, including what I am writing about here.  I am going to leave aside things from this panel like what farmers make in relation to prices charged... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 15th, 2010
By Helena Bottemiller The Senate took a key vote on a high profile deal to extend the Bush-era tax cuts Monday, a move that could clear the way for the food safety bill to be considered later this week.The food safety bill, which stalled in the Senate after the House approved a similar bill in July 2009 and ultimately passed the upper chamber earlier this month, will most likely be considered... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 10th, 2010
Your voices were heard loud and clear in DC this week! Thank  you  for  standing  up  for  our Democracy, Justice   and  Fairness.   This week Food Democracy Now! took your message all the way to Washington, D.C. On Wednesday, we personally delivered nearly 200,000 comments from Food Democracy Now! members and our allies at Credo Action to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 07th, 2010
Credo Action,  Farm Aid, Food Democracy Now!, Food & Water Watch   Grassroots International, Pesticide Action Network North America, WhyHunger   For Immediate Release:                         For More Information, Contact: December 7, 2010   ... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 06th, 2010
Act now to lend your voice to break up America's corporate food monopolies It's time to fight back. Join us today to stand up for our democracy - Family farmers need your help today! Act today to help end corporate control of your food: Tell the DOJ and USDA it's time to bust up Big Food! In the past 30 years America’s food system has become dangerously over consolidated, which has... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 01st, 2010
Just when you thought it couldn't get any weirder in Congress, the Senate throws food safety and family farm advocates for a loop. Yesterday morning, Tuesday Nov. 30th, the Senate passed the Food Safety Modernization Act AKA S.510 by a wide bipartisan margin vote - 73 to 25. After two years of contentious debate on the Internet, in Congress and the food movement, it finally looked like a food... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 30th, 2010
Clear Lake, IA - Food Democracy Now!, a national sustainable agriculture advocacy organization, is thanking their members for making 12,000 phone calls to the U.S. Senate in helping pass the Food Safety Modernization Act (S.510) with the inclusion of the Tester-Hagan and Manager's amendments. The bill passed early Tuesday morning by a vote of 73 to 25, garnering broad bipartism support for... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 30th, 2010
By Helena Bottemiller, The Senate food safety bill, which has been inching towards passage the past few weeks, cleared a key procedural hurdle Monday, but Senate leaders put off two votes on amendments and the final vote on the bill to Tuesday morning.The upper chamber voted 69 to 26 to limit debate on the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S.510), which now includes a measure to exempt small... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 29th, 2010
Michael Pollan & Eric Schlosser say -- Tell your Senators to pass the Manager's Amendment and the food safety bill to protect consumers and family farmers! Over 10,000 phone calls have been made to protect local and organic farmers. Can you make one last call today? Food Safety VOTE is TODAY: Tell your Senators to support the Manager's amendment to protect family farmers - Vote YES for... more

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