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Blog Archive (April 2010)

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 30th, 2010
In what is a rapidly growing awareness of how our food is produced, America's leading

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 29th, 2010
By Susan Schneider   As was reported today by Keith Good in his online Farm Policy report, Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia, Ranking Minority member of the Senate Agriculture Committee), John McCain (R-Arizona) and Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) recently sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack challenging the USDA’s “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” program. While... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 28th, 2010
By P.J. Huffstutter    The battle over genetically modified crops is being waged before the U.S. Supreme Court -- the first time the nation’s highest court is specifically weighing in on genetically modified organisms  and the federal approval process that allows them to roll out from the laboratory to the nation’s farm fields.   The fight is between seed... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 28th, 2010
Vilsack testifies before House Committee on Agriculture on the 2012 Farm Bill WASHINGTON, April 21, 2010 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today testified on the status of the current Farm Bill and the upcoming 2012 Farm Bill before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture. In his remarks, Vilsack provided a national perspective on the challenges facing rural America based... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 27th, 2010
By MARY CLARE JALONICK (AP) – 1 day ago   WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices on Tuesday sharply questioned a lower court's decision that has prohibited biotech giant Monsanto Co. from selling genetically engineered alfalfa seeds, possibly paving the way for the company to distribute the seeds for the first time since 2007.   The case has been closely watched by... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 27th, 2010
  WASHINGTON, April 27, 2010 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the correction of a 2006 decision by the National Organic Program (NOP) regarding “accessory nutrients” in organic processed food. The new interpretation of the National Organic Standards is based on new information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   “Consumers... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 26th, 2010
By Jim Riddle Despite fundamental differences in what they represent, there are occasional calls to allow the use of genetic engineering  (which produces genetically modified organisms, known as GMOs) within the USDA National Organic Program. GMO varieties are currently most widespread in corn, soybean, canola and cotton crops, in dairy production, and in minor ingredients, such... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 25th, 2010
As our attention turns toward the 2012 Farm Bill, it's appropriate to look at a farm bill that has an eye toward the future - 50 years into the future, to be exact. Wes Jackson, founder of The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, has bigger ideas than just the traditional and myopic 5-year Farm Bill. An exceptional and forward-thinking individual, Wes, a plant genetist by trade, has put... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 21st, 2010
By helping Americans connect the dots between how their food is grown and its impact on human health, the environment and family farmers, Kenner's film, which stars Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, has forced mega agribusiness giants on the defensive, leading many firms to launch negative PR campaigns to attack the movie, which has become popular with dozens of conventional farmers I've talked... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 16th, 2010
100+ Groups Join Scientists and Development Experts in Urging Senate to "Strip the GM Mandate" from the Global Food Security Act Controversial language said more likely to feed biotech corporations than the world's poor  SAN FRANCISCO and JOHANNESBURG -- Experts, scientists and advocates from around the world petitioned the U.S. Senate today in a concerted attempt to strip what they... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 14th, 2010
By Christopher Leonard (AP)   KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Federal regulators are set to release the most sweeping antitrust rules covering the meat industry in decades, potentially altering the balance of power between meat companies and the farmers who raise their animals.   Activists, farmers and meat industry officials have been anxiously awaiting the new rules, which will be... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 13th, 2010
By Helena Bottemiller   After months of uncertainty, the Senate is expected to bring pending food safety legislation to the floor within the next week. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510), has been stalled behind health care reform and other priorities since it was unanimously voted out of committee in mid-November. The coalition of interests supporting the bill, which... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 10th, 2010
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_8604000/8604584.stm Earthworms form herds and make "group decisions" By Matt Walker Editor, Earth News A 'herd' of worms travel together   Earthworms form herds and make "group decisions", scientists have discovered. The earthworms use touch to communicate and influence each other's behaviour, according to... more

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