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Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 22nd, 2017

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 pioneer the large-scale selling of natural and organic groceries, often at a premium price, might seem like a niche player in the $611-billion U.S. grocery world.

 

 

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 22nd, 2017

"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 to realize that the organic standards were never intended to minimize GHGs—they're focused almost exclusively on eliminating synthetic chemicals from the food supply.

 

 

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 22nd, 2017

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 a scandalous story of hidden information and a secretive scientist, "exclusive" revelations that the story said could have altered a critical 2015 classification that associated Monsanto's Roundup to cancer and triggered waves of lawsuits against Monsanto.

 

 

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 21st, 2017

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 agricultural giants. They produce the chemicals and seeds our businesses need.

 

 
Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 15th, 2017

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.

 

 

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 15th, 2017

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 – including those consumed by infants, young children, and pregnant women – is shown to negatively impact proper development and functioning of the central nervous system and brain.

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 15th, 2017

The majority of genetically engineered (GE) crops in the U.S. are designed to survive direct applications of glyphosate. As use of GE crops has increased, use of the herbicide has skyrocketed.

 

A lesser-known use of glyphosate is also attracting scrutiny as it becomes more widespread. Glyphosate is increasingly sprayed on crops like wheat, oats, and beans days prior to harvest to desiccate the plants so harvest operations are easier and can be started earlier. Pre-harvest use results in much higher residues of glyphosate in foods. To address this increase in residues, regulators have consistently raised the legal limits of glyphosate on food crops, despite vigorous public opposition.

 

 

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 15th, 2017

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 by hundreds of people who claim Monsanto's weed killer gave them cancer.

 

 
Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 15th, 2017

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 behind. During the 1950s, cities across the nation began to outlaw animals within their boundaries, and the concept of sustainability seemed to disappear from the collective consciousness.

 

 

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 14th, 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 2014, the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone (UAIZ) policy is meant to increase urban access to local fresh fruits and vegetables while revitalizing vacant lots that might otherwise become blighted.  The County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors created a similar program that administers the tax benefit through the County Assessor’s Office in April 2016.

 

 

 
Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 13th, 2017

 

The lawsuit was filed by William Prince, a man from North Carolina who sprayed Roundup from 1976 through 1990 in farming operations and agricultural fields near Columbus County.

 

He sprayed Roundup for approximately 90 days a year for 22 years, following all safety and precautionary warnings. He was subsequently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.


Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 12th, 2017

The inspector general for the Environmental Protection Agency is initiating a probe into possible collusion between a former high-ranking EPA official and Monsanto, the maker of the herbicide glyphosate, according to a letter the IG sent to a lawmaker last Friday that HuffPost has obtained. 

 

 

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Jun 12th, 2017

Bread has recently been labeled a bad guy, with millions of people opting to ditch the dough and eat a gluten-free diet to stay trim and healthy. But it turns out there's another reason to steer clear of bread: it's having a massive impact on the environment.

 

 

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