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Blog Archive (August 2014)

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 26th, 2014
HONOLULU (AP) — A Kauai County law requiring companies to disclose their use of pesticides and genetically modified crops is invalid, a federal judge ruled Monday.U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren ruled in favor of four seed companies seeking to stop Kauai's new law from going into effect in October.Syngenta Seeds, DuPont Pioneer, Agrigenetics Inc., doing business as Dow AgroSciences,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 26th, 2014
United States Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren today ruled that Kaua‘i County Ordinance 960 is preempted by state law and therefore is unenforceable.The law received widespread support on the Island, and was designed to protect local residents and Kaua‘i’s environment from the year-round spraying of large quantities of restricted use pesticides by multinational chemical companies... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 26th, 2014
By: Dr. Vandana Shiva(A response to the article ‘Seeds of Doubt’ by Michael Specter in The New Yorker)I am glad that the future of food is being discussed, and thought about, on farms, in homes, on TV, online and in magazines, especially of The New Yorker’s caliber. The New Yorker has held its content and readership in high regard for so long. The challenge... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 22nd, 2014
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers Solidarity Will Build the Power Needed to Transform Trade so People and Planet Come Before ProfitsThe moment facing the Trans-Pacific Partnership and its sibling the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (known as ‘TAFTA’) and the future approach to trade is reaching a critical stage.The TPP and TAFTA are attempts to get past the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 22nd, 2014
The bill has been drafted by the state consumer rights agency Rospotrebnadzor and concerns all food and beverage products containing genetically-modified organisms or their parts, or which are made using such organisms. Entrepreneurs who fail to put markings on the products they sell or distort the information will be fined between 20,000 and 150,000 rubles (US$555 - $4150). Control bodies can... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 22nd, 2014
The global food revolution is now affecting the bottom line of Coca-Cola.The company recently announced their second-quarter profits for the year fell from $2.68 billion to $2.6 billion, and their revenue decreased by 1%.Latin America also saw a 1% decline in volume and a 9% drop in sales, which was partially blamed on the new 8-cent per liter soda tax imposed in Mexico.But... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 19th, 2014
By: Claire RobinsonA report from the British foreign policy think tank Chatham House on agricultural biotechnology in Africa claims that GM "offers advantages over conventional plant-breeding approaches". The report notes, "Accordingly there are a various projects under way to develop new GM varieties for African farmers, ranging from drought-resistant maize to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 19th, 2014
By: Michael SpecterEarly this spring, the Indian environmentalist Vandana Shiva led an unusual pilgrimage across southern Europe. Beginning in Greece, with the international Pan-Hellenic Exchange of Local Seed Varieties Festival, which celebrated the virtues of traditional agriculture, Shiva and an entourage of followers crossed the Adriatic and travelled by bus up the boot of Italy, to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 15th, 2014
By: Vaishnavi ChandrashekharThe battle over testing of genetically modified crops in India took a new turn this week with the Bharatiya Janata party-led government putting field trials on hold.The move reverses the previous Congress party-led government’s pushfor GM trials, which had resulted in approvals in the past few months for rice, maize, wheat and chickpea crops.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 12th, 2014
By: J. Dudley ButlerPRESS RELEASEBREAKWATER CATTLE COMPANY499 Breakwater DriveBenton, MS 39039August 4, 2014United States President Barack ObamaThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NWWashington, DC 20500Re: Protecting Taxpayer DollarsDear Mr. PresidentI know we can agree that there are seven continents, and North America is one of them. North America includes 41 separate countries and... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 10th, 2014
GM crops may benefit agribusiness, writes Andrew Adam-Bradford. But they offer little to Africa or the millions of farming communities that feed the continent. Rather than impose corporate 'solutions', governments should invest in indigenous agro-ecological farming.Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto has made the case for Africa to usebiotechnology in food production to deal... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 10th, 2014
By: Dr. MercolaIndustrial chemical-based agriculture, which produces the vast majority of US food crops, is actually destroying the soil that makes the growing of food possible in the first place.This is not true in other countries. Worldwide, 70 percent of the food is grown in backyards or small farms. That number is likely well under two percent in the US. It is my goal to motivate, inspire,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 09th, 2014
By: Clare Leschin-HoaWalking with the tousled-haired Mateo Kehler is a practice in patience. It’s rare for him to travel two steps before he’s greeted by name, his hands are clasped, and he’s embraced by fellow cheesemakers, cheesemongers and buyers of his award-winning Jasper Hill cheeses. Among the nearly 1,000 attendees at the American Cheese Society’s... more

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