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Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jul 21st, 2017
Originally published: EcoWatch The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting has completed a two-year investigation into 10 years of labor complaints against some of the biggest seed production companies in the world. The report, released by Laird Townsend, outlines repeated allegations of labor violations made by migrant farm workers against seed giants Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer for work... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jul 03rd, 2017
Originally published: Digital Trends  No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you: Researchers from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences really are trying to genetic engineer heat-resistant cows of the future — and they received a three-year, $733,000 federal grant to help them achieve their goal. The project involves the use of... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jul 03rd, 2017
Originally published: Civil Eats  On February 26, 2008, a $9-million underground seed vault began operating deep in the permafrost on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, just 810 miles from the North Pole. This high-tech Noah’s Ark for the world’s food varieties was intended to assure that, even in a worst-case scenario, our irreplaceable heritage of food seeds would remain... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jul 01st, 2017
Originally published: Food & Water Watch  Last week, Reuters reported on an alleged conspiracy to cover up data showing that there is no relationship between glyphosate (the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller) and cancer after all. The piece triggered a frenzy of media coverage and fresh attacks on the credibility of World Health Organization’s... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jul 01st, 2017
Originally published: EcoWatch  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt met with Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris before deciding to reverse an earlier EPA decision to ban the company's toxic and widely used pesticide, chlorpyrifos. According to records obtained by the Associated Press, the EPA boss met with Liveris for about 30 minutes at a Houston... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 28th, 2017
Originally published: Huffington Post  Another day, another lawsuit against global seed and chemical giant Monsanto Co. In a complaint filed Tuesday in federal court in Wisconsin, six consumers alleged that the company’s top-selling Roundup herbicide has been falsely promoted as uniquely safe when it actually can have profound harmful impacts on human gut bacteria critical to good... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 28th, 2017
Originally published: WBUR News Arkansas's pesticide regulators have stepped into the middle of an epic battle between weeds and chemicals, which has now morphed into a battle between farmers. Hundreds of farmers say their crops have been damaged by a weedkiller that was sprayed on neighboring fields. Today, the Arkansas Plant Board voted to impose an unprecedented ban on that chemical.... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 28th, 2017
Originally published: Reuters  Glyphosate, an herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto Co's popular Roundup weed killer, will be added to California's list of chemicals known to cause cancer effective July 7, the state's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) said on Monday. Monsanto vowed to continue its legal fight against the designation,... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 22nd, 2017
Originally published: Los Angeles Times Amazon revolutionized the sale of books, electronics and other products. Now the online shopping giant is threatening to transform how people buy their food. Amazon.com Inc. dropped a bombshell Friday on the U.S. grocery industry by agreeing to buy Whole Foods Market Inc. for $13.7 billion, including net debt. The 465-store chain, which helped... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 22nd, 2017
Originally published: EcoWatch "Certified organic" does not necessarily equate to "climate friendly." While there is some evidence that organic techniques produce as much as 40 percent fewer GHGs on average than conventional productions systems, other studies have found more or less a wash between the two. While scientists continue to debate the matter, it's important... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 22nd, 2017
Originally published: EcoWatch  In a well-orchestrated and highly coordinated media coup, Monsanto Co. and friends this week dropped a bombshell on opponents who are seeking to prove that the company's beloved Roundup herbicide causes cancer. A widely circulated story published June 14 in the global news outlet Reuters (for which I formerly worked) laid out what appeared to be... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 21st, 2017
Originally published: The Hill  Earlier this year, we planted our crops - soybeans, corn, and wheat - and began feeding our spring chickens. Farmers like us have been doing this for generations. But next year, when we turn to our spring tasks again, the entire farming economy will have shifted under our feet as a result of a merger wave currently underway among the world's... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 15th, 2017
Originally published: EcoWatch A growing corps of organic, climate, environmental, social justice and peace activists are promoting a new world-changing paradigm that can potentially save us from global catastrophe. The name of this new paradigm and movement is regenerative agriculture, or more precisely regenerative food, farming and land use. Regenerative agriculture and land use... more

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