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Blog Archive (February 2013)

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 28th, 2013
  by Keith Nunes, WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Justice released a 76-count indictment relating to the recall of peanuts and peanut ingredients manufactured and sold by the Peanut Corporation of America in 2008. Charged in the case are Stewart Parnell, former president and chief executive officer, Michael Parnell, a food broker who worked on behalf of P.C.A., Samuel... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 25th, 2013
February 25, 2013, Ottawa. Today, the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network responded to the newly released annual ISAAA (International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications) report on the global adoption of genetically modified (GM also called genetically engineered) crops, arguing that, once again, ISAAA has presented numbers in a confusing way to bolster a misleading... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 21st, 2013
By RT, Photo from/Facebook/GeneticCrimesUnit The United States Supreme Court justices heard arguments on Tuesday involving the case of a 75-year-old soybean farmer who is being sued for patent infringement by biotech giant Monsanto. Vernon Hugh Bowman of Indiana has been fighting a lawsuit from Monsanto for years, and on Tuesday it went all the way to the highest court in the United... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 20th, 2013
By Dan Flynn | February 20, 2013 Today Colorado’s Jared Polis will announce, outside a reborn organic retail store in Boulder, that he is introducing a federal bill in Congress to mandate the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms in all 50 states. And next Tuesday, the Maryland House Health and Government Operations Committee will hold a public... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 17th, 2013
By John Vidal, The UK Guardian   Sumant Kumar photographed in Darveshpura, Bihar, India. Photograph: Chiara Goia for Observer Food Monthly Sumant Kumar was overjoyed when he harvested his rice last year. There had been good rains in his village of Darveshpura in north-east India and he knew he could improve on the four or five tonnes per hectare that he usually managed. But every stalk... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 14th, 2013
Tell Hershey's to dump Monsanto and support GMO labeling in America! Tell Hershey's to Kiss Monsanto Goodbye! It's time to End Hershey's GMO loving ways! It’s that time of year again! Today is the day for love, romance and making long lasting memories. OK, that’s our hopeful side! It’s also the day where once again giant corporations try to enrich themselves by encouraging... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 13th, 2013
  Photo via Shutterstock Are those strawberries you're buying genetically engineered? How about the ingredients in that supposedly natural box of granola? A bill introduced by a Maryland legislator would make it easier for consumers to find out. Last week Maryland State Delegate Glen Glass introduced a bill that would require food manufacturers to include labels on products that have... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 13th, 2013
Tell your state Senator and Representative: "I support GMO labeling!" Join us - Make GMO labeling the law in Washington! Tell Washington - I want GMO labeling now! We want to alert you to an urgent public hearing being held by the Washington state Senate in Olympia about I-522 to label genetically engineered foods. Last week, Senator Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond, the chair of the Senate... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 12th, 2013
By John Vidal and Annie Kelly,By shunning all but organic farming techniques, the Himalayan state will cement its status as a paradigm of sustainability.Bhutan plans to become the first country in the world to turn its agriculture completely organic, banning the sales of pesticides and herbicides and relying on its own animals and farm waste for fertilisers.But rather than accept that this will... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 11th, 2013
Tell your state Senator and Assembly Member: "I support GMO labeling!" Join us - Make GMO labeling the law in California! Tell California - I want GMO labeling now! Last fall more than 6 million Californians voted for GMO labeling. Unfortunately, due to an onslaught of deceptive ads and more than $46 million dollars spent by Monsanto, DuPont and Big Food companies, Prop 37 narrowly lost on... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 10th, 2013
By Paul Harris, The Guardian Who controls the rights to the seeds planted in the ground? A 75-year-old farmer takes the agricultural giant to court to find out As David versus Goliath battles go it is hard to imagine a more uneven fight than the one about to play out in front of the US Supreme Court between Vernon Hugh Bowman and Monsanto. On the one side is Bowman, a single 75-year-old... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 08th, 2013
In an email from the Teamsters Local 117 in Seattle, Washington, Food Democracy Now! was excited to learn that the Teamsters' 9-week strike against United Foods, Inc. (UNFI) officially ended this week. In the email below, the Teamsters' announced that negotiations ended with the successful signing of a 5-year contract that met their demands for the "reinstatement of all workers" including 72... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 04th, 2013
by RONNIE CUMMINS and DAVE MURPHY “The union is like having herpes. It doesn’t kill you, but it’s unpleasant and inconvenient, and it stops a lot of people from becoming your lover.” John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market Whole Foods Market (WFM) CEO John Mackey has done a brilliant job of creating the illusion that his empire is all about abundance, bounty and the... more

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