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Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Feb 18th, 2017
Originally published: Eco Watch Farmers across 10 states are suing Monsanto, alleging that the agrochemical company sold dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybean crops knowing that illegal spraying of the highly volatile and drift-prone herbicide would be inevitable. Steven W. Landers, et al v. Monsanto Company was filed on Jan. 26 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Feb 17th, 2017
Originally published: ABC News  A trial of genetically modified bananas will begin south of Darwin in a few months after a five-year trial received approval from the gene technology regulator. Two hundred modified lines of Cavendish bananas will be grown over 6 hectares in the Litchfield region in the hope of developing a variety resistant to Panama Tropical Race 4. The... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Feb 17th, 2017
Originially Published: Women Who FarmWhen I first started farming, my husband and I were hoping to till an old horse pasture. We wanted to plant an acre of vegetables.We knew we would grow organically. The soil was mainly clay... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Feb 15th, 2017
Originally publlished: Natural NewsThe demand for organic food has grown so dramatically in recent years that experts are likening it to a “gold rush mentality,” as producers scramble to transition their fields to earn organic certification.2015 saw a 12 percent rise in organic sales over the previous year, reaching $6.2 billion. The increase is even more dramatic when viewed over the... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Feb 15th, 2017
Originally published: Sustainable PulseIncreasing consumer demand for organic and non-GMO foods led to a sharp rise in organic grain imports in 2016—prompting food manufacturers to explore new incentives for U.S. growers transitioning to organic production, according to a new report from CoBank. While U.S. production of non-GMO crops has risen, domestic production of organic corn and... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Feb 15th, 2017
Originally pulished: BBCA herd of plains bison have been successfully reintroduced to Canada's oldest national park, more than 100 years after they were nearly hunted out of existence.The 16 bison were moved to the Banff National Park in Alberta last week. On Monday officials said the transfer had gone smoothly and the animals were adapting well to their new home.The move will restore... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Feb 15th, 2017
Originally Published: Eco WatchA team of researchers from the Yale School of Medicine and Penn State College of Medicinehave found a disturbing association between the timing of vaccines and the onset of certain brain disorders in a subset of children.Analyzing five years' worth of private health insurance data on children ages 6-15, these scientists found that young... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Feb 15th, 2017
Originally published: http://ow.ly/OnmH3092eML February 13, 2017Jeff Sessions, Attorney General U.S. Department of Justice950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530 Re: The Proposed Dow-DuPont, Monsanto-Bayer and Syngenta-ChemChina Mergers Dear Mr. Sessions, On behalf of our millions of members and supporters around the country, the undersigned organizations oppose the impending... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Feb 13th, 2017
Originally published: The FederalistThe Wall Street Journal is predicting a farm bust on the horizon, as America’s role in the global grain market shrinks, and the price for corn continues to drop. Reporters Jesse Newman and Patrick McGroarty writeThe Farm Belt is hurtling toward a milestone: Soon there will be fewer than two million farms in America for the... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Feb 13th, 2017
Originally published: Global ResearchOn the back of Brexit, the UK government is planning what could be a disastrous trade deal with the Trump administration. It would likely be worse than the secretive and undemocratic stalled Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal that the EU has been planning with the US.As for food and agriculture, such a trade deal ... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Feb 13th, 2017
 Originally published: The News Minute “See that karikuruvi catching an insect,” says Murthy excitedly as a black drongo catches its prey and settles down on a bird perch nearby. His field of black gram, black-eyed pea and green gram are dotted with similar perches. Bird perches are an integral part of integrated pest management. Murthy is one of the farmers of Sorapattu... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Feb 13th, 2017
Originally Published: Openhearted Rebel The U.S. Department of Agriculture just released its biannual report on farm incomes, and it looks bleak. Farmers are drowning in debt, and it’s being blamed on a poor dollar and dropping grain prices, but let’s look at some additional factors which may be bankrupting the farmers of the U.S., and some easy ways to save them.-U.S.... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Feb 13th, 2017
Originally Published: Huffington Post Now it’s getting interesting.A new court filing made on behalf of dozens of people claiming Monsanto Co.’s Roundup herbicide gave them cancer includes information about alleged efforts within the Environmental Protection Agency to protect Monsanto’s interests and unfairly aid the agrichemical industry.The filing, made late Friday... more

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