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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 11th, 2015
The beautiful monarch butterfly, which is also a major pollinator, is being threatened by herbicides that eradicate milkweed, its primary food source. Now, a desperate rejuvenation program is under way to save the species from possible extinction.A shocking statistic released by the US Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday summed up the plight of the monarch butterfly: Since 1990, about... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 10th, 2015
By: Darryl FearsThreatened animals like elephants, porpoises and lions grab all the headlines, but what’s happening to monarch butterflies is nothing short of a massacre. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service summed it up in just one grim statistic on Monday: Since 1990, about 970 million have vanished.It happened as farmers and homeowners sprayed herbicides on milkweed plants, which... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 09th, 2015
By: Brian StoffelIn the battle surrounding GMO labeling, 2014 was a huge year. A measure was narrowlydefeated in Oregon -- and one resoundingly in Colorado -- that would have required food makers to disclose if GMOs were included in the products they offer.But while all of the money and media attention has been turned toward whether or not the inclusion of GMOs should be... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 07th, 2015
By: Robert HollyTo counter a “super weed” epidemic plaguing farmers, agribusiness giant Monsanto is steadily moving forward on the introduction of its next major wave of genetically engineered crops.But – citing environmental and sustainability concerns – critics argue that step forward is actually a substantial leap back.Similar to bacteria that have adapted to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 07th, 2015
By: Mike RosmannAgriculture is an arena of rampant monopolization of agricultural products, markets and gene pools.Business reports for 2014 indicate three U.S. companies (Tyson, Cargill and JBS Swift) control 90 percent of domestic beef processing and wholesaling. These same three companies, along with Smithfield, control 66 percent of the pork available to consumers.Tyson and three other... more

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