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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 19th, 2014

By: Lucy Siegle

 

If I no longer buy my Fairtrade coffee from a multinational chain. Instead, I’ve switched to a tiny independent. The coffee tastes great, but isn’t ethically certified. Is it better or worse?


Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 16th, 2014

By: Elliot Negin

Congress is more deeply divided today than it has been in the last two decades on a wide range of issues, including global warming. In the Senate, for example, Oklahoma Republican James Inhofe routinely fulminates that it’s a hoax, while Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouseunderstands the science and is leading the charge for a carbon tax.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 16th, 2014

By: Thom Hartmann

That’s where companies like Simpa Energy come in. Simpa Energy offers Indians a pay-as-you-go model for solar power, allowing even the poorest Indians in the most rural of areas to have access to clean, green solar power. Simpa Energy customers use their cell phones (which even the poorest of the population have) to purchase a pre-paid code from Simpa, which they then type into a box connected to a solar panel array on their house. Instantly, their home lights up, and they have access to clean and green energy for cooking, cleaning, reading and anything else.

 


Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 12th, 2014

By: Jeff Ritterman

For years, scientists have been trying to unravel the  mystery of a chronic kidney disease epidemic that has hit Central America, India and Sri Lanka. The disease occurs in poor peasant farmers who do hard physical work in hot climes. In each instance, the farmers have been exposed to herbicides and to heavy metals. The disease is known as CKDu, for Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown etiology. The "u" differentiates this illness from other chronic kidney diseases where the cause is known. Very few Western medical practitioners are even aware of CKDu, despite the terrible toll it has taken on poor farmers from El Salvador to South Asia.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 12th, 2014

By: Michael McAuliff

WASHINGTON -- It's pretty rare that members of Congress and all the witnesses they've called will declare out loud that Americans are just too ignorant to be given a piece of information, but that was a key conclusion of a session of the House Agriculture Committee this week.


Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 09th, 2014

By: J. Adrien Stanley

In November, Colorado voters could be asked to decide whether genetically engineered foods, commonly called GMOs, should be subject to mandatory labeling.

Petitions are being gathered to put Initiative 48, the "Colorado Right to Know Act," on the ballot. Under it, foods with GMO ingredients, with a few exceptions, would be labeled "Produced With Genetic Engineering."

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 09th, 2014

By: J.D. Heyes

The darling of the Democratic Party, Hillary Rodham Clinton, says she supports genetically modified food, making her no different from most other American politicians from both major political parties.



Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 09th, 2014

By: Donnelle Eller

Iowans care about where their food is grown, whether it's organic, made with high-fructose syrup or without GMOs, a new survey from the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation shows.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 09th, 2014

By: Rick North

That didn’t take long.

Three days after GMO labeling supporters turned in over 155,000 signatures to put their initiative on November’s ballot, and four months before Election Day, the Oregonian editorial board sounded the alarm“GMO food-labeling mandate would sow only confusion.” The labeling they fear would be worded “Produced with Genetic Engineering.”


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