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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 20th, 2017
Many Americans dutifully recycle their plastic bottles and newspapers, but when it comes to food and yard waste may toss them directly in the trash. While it may seem like a banana peel here and pile of spoiled greens there would do little in the way of environmental harm, food waste is actually the second largest component of waste sent to U.S. landfills, making up 18 percent of the waste... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 20th, 2017
Oakland, CA—Ahead of World Bank’s release of the 2017 “Enabling the Business of Agriculture” (EBA) report this month, 157 organizations and academics from around the world denounce the Bank’s scheme to hijack farmers’ right to seeds, attack on food sovereignty and the environment.In a letter to the World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and ... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 20th, 2017
A decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to deregulate a genetically modified grass seed has raised concerns about contamination in Oregon’s billion-dollar grass seed industry.Genetically modified creeping bentgrass was created by Scotts Miracle-Gro as a product for golf courses. But the grass escaped from its test plots, and has continued to spread across Southeast... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 19th, 2017
If the recent election had an upside, it’s this: It demonstrated that the good food movement is real. Four jurisdictions—Boulder, Oakland, San Francisco, and Albany (California)—approved taxes on soda, which will benefit both public health and public finances. (Two days later, lawmakers in Cook County, Illinois, also approved a soda tax, becoming the largest... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 19th, 2017
Next week, Monsanto and California's Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) will face off over the agency's plan to list the herbicide glyphosate as a carcinogen. The outcome of this legal battle could have major ramifications to California's long-established regulatory program. It all... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 19th, 2017
Monsanto Co. and officials within the Environmental Protection Agency are fighting legal efforts aimed at exploring Monsanto’s influence over regulatory assessments of the key chemical in the company’s Roundup herbicide, new federal court filings show. The revelations are contained in a series of filings made within the last few days in the U.S. District Court for the Northern... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 18th, 2017
More than 500 national, state, and local organizations on Tuesday announced their opposition to Donald Trump's fossil-fuel soaked nominee to run the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt.In a letter (pdf) to U.S. senators sent one day before Pruitt's confirmation hearing before the Environment and Public Works committee on Wednesday, the groups urge lawmakers... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 18th, 2017
Industrial agriculture plays a significant role in Iowa’s water quality crisis. This includes pollution from manure application, runoff and spills that contaminate waterways with bacteria, nitrates, phosphorus, antibiotics, and heavy metals. Since 2000, there have been over 787 manure violations reported by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).1 Those are just the ones that... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 18th, 2017
Vote will take place 27 JanuaryThe European Commission has confirmed that it is planning a vote on Friday 27 January where it will push for the first GMO cultivation authorisations since 1998.The crops in question include two new strains of GM maize — Syngenta’s Bt11 and DuPont Pioneer’s 1507 — as well as the re-approval for Monsanto’s MON810, which is already grown... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 17th, 2017
Farmers in northeast China's Heilongjiang province, China's top grain producer, will be prohibited from growing Genetically Modified(GM) crops, according to a provincial regulation passed on Friday. The regulation will become effective on May 1, 2017. Growing of GM corn, rice and soybean will be banned, while illegal production and sales of GM crops and supply of their seeds... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 17th, 2017
Minister says cotton quality is better now that the country has reverted to non-GMO1. Burkina Faso minister estimates 2016/17 cotton crop at 750,000 tonnes vs 600,000T in 2015/162. Burkina Faso cotton output to rise after discontinuing Monsanto variety—1. Burkina Faso minister estimates 2016/17 cotton crop at 750,000 tonnes vs 600,000T in 2015/16Reuters Africa, 17 Jan 2017http://af.reuters.... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 17th, 2017
Bermuda’s Environment Minister Cole Simons is not prepared to lift the ban on weedkillers containing glyphosate “at this point in time”, he stated Thursday.The announcement, made at a stakeholder consultation meeting on Thursday on the Glyphosate Monitoring Study Draft Report, was applauded by the public and welcomed by Greenrock.The environmental watchdog and farmer Tom... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 13th, 2017
The most significant event in food and agriculture over the past year did not take place on our farms. Nor did it occur in our factories, in our restaurants or on our kitchen tables. It happened in the voting booth.Rural voters turned out in overwhelming support of Donald Trump, throwing a Hail Mary pass against the growing economic hardship felt by these communities. Caught... more

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