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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 20th, 2010

pepsirefreshsucksIf you haven't already heard, Pepsi is pimping a "socially responsible" marketing ploy to help burnish (greenwash) their bloated corporate image. Already thousands of soda heads have fallen for the scam, with hundreds of ideas submitted by "people, businesses and non-profits with ideas that will have a positive impact" to their lame Pepsi Refresh Project.

 

Sad to say, but this is what happens when stupid people with money try to break into social media and philanthropy. Appetite for Profit author Michele Simon has an excellent article describing Pepsi's latest ploy.


Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 18th, 2010

SalmonJust when you were getting used to the idea that you may have to limit seafood intake to avoid increased mercury levels or possibly slow down a complete ecosystem collapse of the world's oceans, a really bad idea appears on the horizon that blends science fiction and horror stories. If you want to learn the truth about the limited (Ok, virtually non-existent) scientific testing "required" by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before it "approves" the first genetically engineered animal...

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 13th, 2010

salmonpondMassive mutant GMO salmon, genetically engineered to grow twice as fast as wild salmon, are coming to a table near you if you don’t act today.

With the potential approval of GMO salmon, Americans are now entering an alarming new era of genetic experimentation with food animals, nature and the human population. Already the scientific community is warning against the real risk that these unnaturally engineered fish pose to wild species, the environment and human health.


Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 05th, 2010

poorchickensFor most Americans the current egg recall of seems like another strange accident. When people wake up in the morning they don’t spend a lot of time thinking about where their food comes from. As massive food safety outbreaks like the half a billion DeCoster egg recall become more common -- think spinach, peanut butter and meat -- everyday Americans are starting to take a closer look at what they eat and how it’s made.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 02nd, 2010

Grassroots campaign spurs supermarket chains to distance themselves from egg-farm owner with history of FDA violations, including recent salmonella outbreak.

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa – Two major retail supermarket chains, Trader Joe’s and Fareway Stores Inc., have agreed to pull DeCoster-affiliated brands of eggs from the shelves of their combined 442 stores nationwide. The news comes as a result from pressure from Food Democracy Now!, a grassroots community of over 150,000 Americans, after it was announced that the recent salmonella outbreak, which affected thousands, stemmed from two Iowa facilities owned by Austin “Jack” DeCoster.


Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Sep 01st, 2010

FDA egg investigation decosterLast night the Food and Drug Administration released the gruesome details of its investigation into the Iowa-based Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms egg laying facilities responsible for the recall of more than 550,000,000 eggs and 1,500 illnesses in 23 states. Already the largest egg recall in the nation's history, the findings of this report are sure to become legendary in the offenses of industrial animal confinements here in the U.S.

The new FDA report confirms what, FDA commission Margaret Hamburg has already told national media outlets that the Jack DeCoster owned Wright County Egg and DeCoster-affiliated Hillandale Farms were operatiing in an unsafe manner. Until last night, how unsafe remained in question, and the details of this new report are not for the faint of heart.

According to USA Today's Elizabeth Weise's  article, titled, "Filth, rats found at Iowa egg producers at center of recall" the DeCoster's Wright County Egg facility was described by FDA investigators "as filthy, rat and fly-infested and so overflowing with manure that in several cases doors could not be closed".

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 27th, 2010

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 25th, 2010

harboring_badeggsFight back against 'bad eggs' and change our food system! Click here to tell your store to stop carrying products from Wright County Egg and Jack DeCoster.

It has been a scary week for the American breakfast table.

More than a half billion eggs have been pulled from grocery stores, and more than 1,300 people have been stricken with salmonella. While the problem has been traced to a particularly bad actor, Jack DeCoster and his companies, in reality the recall is a symptom of much larger problems with our food system. Small farms have been replaced by massive "animal factories" that would make you sick to look at, with animals living in brutally overcrowded conditions that provide perfect breeding-grounds for disease.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 24th, 2010

Last night Michael Pollan appreared on CNN to speak with Sajay Gupta about the massive egg recall currently spiraling through 22 states (and growing) according to the Centers for Disease Control. Pollan began by talking about the food industry's divide and conquer tactics regarding monitoriing the food industry, with the USDA responsible for regulating poultry and pasteurized (or liquid) eggs and the Food and Drug Administation (FDA) responsible for fresh "shell" eggs, the kind you crack open on a hot skillet.

According to Pollan, the current convoluted U.S. food safety regime has been created through intentional design. "Our food industry has fought tooth and nail to keep power divided. And power divided is never strong," said Polan


Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 23rd, 2010

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Last week, Americans faced another record food safety recall as more than 550 million eggs -- half a billion! -- were pulled from grocery stores across the country.  Already more than 1,300 people have been sickened from salmonella poisoning and according to food safety experts, that number is likely to double. For every 1 person who reports the illness another 38.5 will become sick but never report the illness or be tested, meaning some 50,000 Americans have already been sickened by what is being called the largest egg recall in modern history.

 

While early reports initially confined the recall to 17 states, officials at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported today that the recall has reached at least 22 states at the moment. Since news on the ground regarding illnesses is only beginning to reach federal authorities, this recall will most likely will spread further.

 

As the story continues to unfold, it’s clear that this could have been prevented.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 16th, 2010

On Friday, a federal court for the Northern District of California ruled that the USDA had violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by approving the Monsanto-engineered biotech crop, Roundup Ready sugar beets, without first preparing an Environmental Impact Statement. Plantiffs in the case included Center for Food Safety, Organic Seed Alliance, High Mowing Organic Seeds, and the Sierra Club.

Roundup Ready sugar beets, utilizing the same biotechnology as Roundup Ready corn, soybeans, and cotton, resists the herbicide Roundup, allowing producers to spray without harming the crop. The safety of genetically-engineered seeds, or GMO's, for human consumption or the environment has never been proven. The planiting of these crops has also been blamed for the proliferation of superweeds, or herb resistant weeds.


Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 15th, 2010

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If failing to reach sensible solutions to the impending problems of climate change and the recent disaster in the Gulf were not enough, once again global citizens concerned about the future of our planet have been dealt a crushing blow.

This week a Russian court ruled that the world’s first seed bank outside of St. Petersburg, Russia may be destroyed in order to make way for a housing development. If allowed to stand, this decision will have a catastrophic impact on global plant diversity. Called a “Living Library”, the Pavlovsk Experimental Station [1] is widely considered the "crown jewel" of agricultural biodiversity, since 90% of the collection’s varieties are not found anywhere else on the planet. [2]

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 10th, 2010

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"Twelve Russian scientists famously chose to starve to death rather than eat the unique collection of seeds and plants they were protecting for humanity during the 900-day siege of Leningrad in the second world war. But the world's first global seed bank now faces destruction once more, to make way for a private housing estate."  - the Guardian, UK

It's defies logic, but the fate of the world's first seed bank in Russia, the Pavlovsk Experimental Station, hangs in the balance for something as frivilous and temporary as a housing development.  A Russian court will decide this week if, as argued, that the seed bank has a right and the protection to exist considering that it was never apparently registered with the Russian government. If not, it may be destroyed.


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