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Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Feb 24th, 2017

Monsanto may be looking forward to turning a new leaf with its potential $66 billion mega-merger with Bayer AG, but the agrochemical giant just can't shake its notorious past as the primary manufacturer of highly toxic and banned substances called polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, that were once used for paints, electrical equipment and other products.

 

Monsanto manufactured about one billion pounds of PCBs for between the 1930s-70s before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned the chemical in 1979. PCBs are harmful to humans, wildlife and the environment. To this day, the toxins are dispersed throughout landfills, water bodies and even in the deepest part of the ocean.

 

 

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Feb 24th, 2017

We have all inadvertently saved a few seeds, probably through neglect of the garden. Maintenance gets ahead of us, we don’t deadhead flowers, or we miss a few vegetables in harvest. The result is seeds!

 

If you want to intentionally save seeds, tweak the plans you are working on this month. You might want to start with the 5 easiest plants for seed saving. Tomatoes, beans, peas, lettuce, and peppers do not need a lot of care to produce seed. If you want to be more adventurous, try squash, cucumbers, broccoli, kale, and corn.

 

 
Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Feb 23rd, 2017

The closest thing we’ve got to a silver bullet solution for climate change is the reduction of meat and dairy in our diets. At no extra cost, it’s possible to shrink one’s carbon footprint by a significant amount, simply by choosing to eat more plant-based foods. And yet, while many cities and municipalities lead the way with innovative plans for climate change mitigation, shifting institutional diets to be more vegetable-centric is rarely discussed.

 

 

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

Non Hodgkin lymphoma sufferers have sued Monsanto for covering up evidence concerning Roundup’s relationship to cancer. The plaintiff’s attorneys have submitted a 2013 letter from an EPA scientist to a top-ranking EPA official, accusing the official of favoring the industry and intimidating staff.  All too often, the regulated control what the regulators do.

 

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

A report commissioned by the European Parliament states that people eating an organic diet are subjected to fewer, and lower levels of, harmful pesticides. The report recommended organic food for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Antibiotics, which are a growing concern in the age of super-bugs, are restricted in organic livestock, and organic crops contain less of the heavy metal cadmium. This report confirms, again, what is common knowledge among people who eat organic food: Organic agriculture provides a haven from dangerous pesticides.

 

 

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

Organic food is not solely defined by the inputs that farmers are (and are not) allowed to use. Rather, ‘organic’ is better defined by the natural systems that farmers must foster to create a nutritious product.

 

These natural systems include nutrient cycling when animals graze and fertilize pasture, attracting predators to control pests, planting a diversity of crops to control disease, and sequestering carbon in the soil to hold water and nutrients.

 

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

 

A “community fridge” has launched in London to encourage locals to donate surplus food to feed the hungry.

 

“The People’s Fridge” stands proudly in Pop Brixton, an outdoor creative space in Brixton, South London. It’s the product of a crowdfunding campaign from local residents to fight food poverty and food waste, inspired by similar projects in Spain, Germany, and even Somerset


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

 

The generation that pioneered organic farming is beginning to retire. These farmers want what they've built to last. Some growers are passing on their farms to their kids. But not all of them have a second generation who wants to take over the family farm.

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

 

 

A group opposed to Monsanto’s plan to build a 7-acre, glass-enclosed greenhouse to grow corn in Marana will hold a protest Tuesday morning in front of the Pima County Administration Building.


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

 

This week Space10, an Ikea lab for futuristic, solutions-oriented designs, released open source plans for The Growroom, a large, multi-tiered spherical garden designed to sustainably grow enough food for an entire neighborhood. Hoping to help spur local growing and sourcing, Space10 made the plans available for free last Thursday.

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Feb 20th, 2017

 

Germany has announced plans to boost federal funding in moves towards establishing organic farming on some 20% of all land designated for agricultural use across the country.


Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Feb 18th, 2017

 

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.

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Feb 17th, 2017

 

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. 


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