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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 28th, 2010
By Dave Murphy   For America’s remaining 30,000 poultry growers, the Department of Justice and USDA’s joint workshop on competition in the poultry industry held last Friday in Normal, Alabama has been a long time coming. For some, it arrived too late. As the second of five DOJ/USDA hearings to be held across the country this year, many attendees felt this hearing was more... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 27th, 2010
By Josh Berkman Haiti aid must help Haitian farmers, not Big Ag House committees are expected to hold a mark-up of a supplemental bill that includes the $2.8 billion in emergency funding to Haiti this week. But mere allocation of this money for Haiti is not enough – how the money actually gets used is of paramount importance. To ensure U.S. aid to Haiti benefits Haitian farmers rather... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 24th, 2010
Last week Lisa and I drove more than 1,800 miles roundtrip to Normal, Alabama to hear contract poultry growers share their plight with Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at the DOJ/USDA’s second joint workshop dealing with competition and monopoly issues in the food and agricultural sectors.   The stories of abuse and intimidation we heard from... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 21st, 2010
Press release: Department of Justice   WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today held the second of five joint public workshops on competition and regulatory issues in the agriculture industry.  The workshop, led by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, focused on issues in the poultry... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 17th, 2010
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children exposed to pesticides known as organophosphates could have a higher risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a new study. Researchers tracked the pesticides' breakdown products in kids' urine and found those with high levels were almost twice as likely to develop ADHD as those with undetectable levels.   The findings... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 14th, 2010
Press Release: Department of Justice   WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the schedule and panelists for the second joint public workshop on competition and regulatory issues in agriculture, which will be held on May 21, 2010, in Normal, Ala., at the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center at Alabama A & M University.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 14th, 2010
Alfalfa is the fourth largest crop grown in the United States and Monsanto wants to control it. On April 27, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could well write the future of alfalfa production in our country. Fortunately, for those who are concerned about the potential environmental and health impacts of genetically engineered (GE) crops, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 13th, 2010
 The U.S. State Department will aggressively confront critics of agricultural biotechnology as the United States seeks to mitigate the effects of climate change, Jose Fernandez, assistant secretary for the Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs, told several hundred attendees from around the world at the Biotechnology Industry Organization's annual convention last week in Chicago.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 12th, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 11 - Today, First Lady Michelle Obama joined Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes and members of the Childhood Obesity Task Force to unveil the Task Force action plan: Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity Within a Generation. In conjunction with the release of the action plan, Cabinet Members and Administration Officials will hold events across the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 11th, 2010
By Dan Flynn Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Monday announced new performance standards for the poultry industry to use in knocking down Salmonella and Campylobacter contamination levels.Vilsack said after two years under the new standards, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) estimates that 39,000 illnesses will be avoided each year under the new... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 11th, 2010
WASHINGTON, May 11, 2010 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced "The People's Garden" healthy garden series summer program with a full range of programming for both kids and adults. The Healthy Garden Workshops will primarily be for adults, while the Growing Healthy Kids will be offered for young people. "These workshops are open to everyone and demonstrate how easy it is to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 11th, 2010
WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is accepting grant applications to assist small, socially disadvantaged agricultural producers and cooperatives in rural areas.   “Helping small agricultural producers better market their products creates economic opportunity and these grants will help small business owners add profit and efficiency to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on May 07th, 2010
 by Nate Jenkins, Associated Press   LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The federal government is conducting an investigation into whether the handful of large meatpackers that slaughter most of the nation's cattle are illegally or unfairly driving down cattle prices, according to an official representing independent beef producers nationwide. The investigation is under way as the Justice... more

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