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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

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 15th, 2017
Originally published: NY State Office of the Attorney General  NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, leading a coalition of seven state Attorneys General, announced a challenge to President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for violating federal law regarding toxic pesticides. Chlorpyrifos, a widely-used pesticide on food crops – ... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 15th, 2017
Originally published: As You Sow   Glyphosate, the key ingredient in the widely used herbicide Roundup®, has sparked a battle over the future of food. Over the past decade, it has become the most widely used and heavily applied herbicide in history. The majority of genetically engineered (GE) crops in the U.S. are designed to survive direct applications of glyphosate. As... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 15th, 2017
Originally published: EcoWatch Call it the case of the mysterious mouse tumor. It's been 34 years since Monsanto Co. presented U.S. regulators with a seemingly routine study analyzing the effects the company's best-selling herbicide might have on rodents. Now, that study is once again under the microscope, emerging as a potentially pivotal piece of evidence in litigation brought... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 15th, 2017
Originally published: Idaho Statesman TWIN FALLS —Folks used to “homestead” — raise gardens and livestock, milk their own cows and gather eggs from their own hens — until it became easier and sometimes cheaper to purchase mass-produced foods from a store. As people moved from the country into the city, many left their animals and their gardening skills... more

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 14th, 2017
LOS ANGELES – June 13, 2017 – On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed an ordinance and program details for the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Program, an effort to encourage urban farming in the city.  With the new program, some property owners can lease their land to food growers and receive tax benefits. Originally conceived in a state law passed in... more

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