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Blog Archive (June 2012)

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 29th, 2012
Earlier this week, Food Democracy Now! sent out an urgent alert calling on farmers and citizens across the country to stand up for our basic democratic rights and to help stop Congress from attaching a dangerous policy provision in the FY 2013 House Appropriations Bill. As we reported, the House was expected to vote this week, but that vote has now been delayed until after the July 4th recess.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 27th, 2012
Take action today to stop the Monsanto Protection Act! Tell your member of Congress: "Vote for Americans' Rights not Corporations!"  URGENT: Stop the Monsanto Protection Act today! Last week the Senate passed its version of the Farm Bill by a vote of 64 to 35. Despite the hard won battles by Food Democracy Now! and our allies, the bill’s passage is another sad reminder that our... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 21st, 2012
  Press release from Senator Sanders Office For immediate releaseJune 21, 2012 WASHINGTON, June 21 – The Senate today rejected an amendment by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to let states require clear labels on any food or beverage containing genetically engineered ingredients. The vote on the amendment to the farm bill was 26 to 73. “This is the very first time a bill on... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 20th, 2012
Tell your Senators to support GMO labeling - Americans shouldn't have wait to find out what's in their food! Take action today to stop agribusiness lobbyists from giving away billions in federal subsidies to the agribusiness lobby. Urgent Calls needed - Senate votes on GMO labeling amendment today! Yesterday was a better day in the U.S. Senate for family farmers, eaters and the environment,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 20th, 2012
Tell your Senators to support these vital amendments to create a healthy, sustainable Farm Bill! Take action today to stop agribusiness lobbyists from giving away billions in federal subsidies to the agribusiness lobby. Urgent Calls needed - Senate floor vote on Farm Bill taking place now! If you ever needed proof that your government was broken and that those elected to watch over the well... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 19th, 2012
Tell your Senators to support these vital amendments to create a healthy, sustainable Farm Bill! Take action today to stop agribusiness lobbyists from giving away billions in federal subsidies to the agribusiness lobby. Urgent Calls needed - Senate floor vote only hours away! If you were appalled last fall when Congressional leaders worked behind closed doors with agribusiness lobbyists to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 18th, 2012
NEW DELHI:  Five million Brazilian farmers have taken on US based biotech company Monsanto through a lawsuit demanding return of about 6.2 billion euros taken as royalties from them. The farmers are claiming that the powerful company has unfairly extracted these royalties from poor farmers because they were using seeds produced from crops grown from Monsanto’s genetically engineered... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 18th, 2012
By Emily P. Walker, Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today Published: June 18, 2012 CHICAGO -- The American Medical Association will consider adopting a position on genetically modified foods that would place the doctors' group on both sides of the fence on the contentious issue. On one hand, a report that will come up for a vote here Tuesday at the AMA's policy-setting House of... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 14th, 2012
Tell your Senator: "I support GMO labeling and organics" for a healthy and sustainable Farm Bill! Take action today to stop agribusiness lobbyists from giving away billions in federal subsidies to the agribusiness lobby. GMO labeling in the Farm Bill? Support for Organics? Only you can make it happen! Right now the U.S. Senate is working to hammer out the final details on the farm bill and it... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 14th, 2012
Just when you thought courage in Washington DC had died, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) took to the Senate floor this morning and announced amendment #2310 to the Farm Bill to label genetically engineered foods. Sanders, who is joined on this amendment by co-sponsor Barbara Boxer (D-CA), gave an historic speech from the Senate floor, repeating what Food Democracy Now! members have known for years... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 13th, 2012
By Michele Simon,   As Congress proposes cuts to hungry families, my new report raises questions about how much food makers, retailers, and big banks profit from food stamps. With the debate over the 2012 Farm Bill currently underway in the Senate, most of the media’s attention has been focused on how direct payments—subsidies doled out regardless of actual farming—are... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 13th, 2012
A high-stakes food fight in California is getting more heated. A proposal to require labeling of foods with genetically engineered ingredients has qualified to appear on the state ballot Nov. 6. That puts California on the front line of a national fight over genetically engineered crops. Such crops have had their DNA artificially altered by genes from other plants, animals, viruses or... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jun 07th, 2012
Make a call for the good guys! - Family farmers need you - Call the Senate today! Take action today to stop agribusiness lobbyists from giving away billions in federal subsidies to the agribusiness lobby. Join the Senate floor fight for a healthy Food and Farm Bill - Urgent Phone calls needed to protect family farmers, eaters and the environment! Right now there’s an important battle... more

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