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Blog Archive (July 2014)

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 30th, 2014
By: Deirdre FultonFarm lobby group calls on Monsanto and other biotech companies to reimburse for additional pesticide treatments.Brazilian farmers say their GMO corn is no longer resistant to pests, Reuters reportedMonday.The Association of Soybean and Corn Producers of the Mato Grosso region said farmers first noticed in March that their genetically modified corn crops were less... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 30th, 2014
By: Kristofor HustedThe agriculture industry is a cornerstone of the Midwest economy. In some states, it may even become a right.In Missouri, the so-called “right to farm” is on the ballot in the form of an amendment to the state Constitution. And the controversial provision could be a model for Constitutional additions on other ag-heavy states.Though the “right to farm”... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 30th, 2014
By: Devon G. Pena Declaration Includes Traditions, Agriculture, Customs, Ideas, Flavors and Colors: Transgenic Plantings Are Unresolved Threat We are all familiar with the idea that many ethnic and indigenous communities self-identify as “corn cultures” in the Americas. The most familiar case is that of Mexico since ancient civilizations proclaimed themselves to have arisen... more

Posted By: Dave Murphy on Jul 28th, 2014
Tell Coke to Kiss Monsanto Goodbye and Stop funding campaigns to kill GMO labeling! You may not drink Coke, but their organic and natural brands are increasing Coca-Cola's profits! Tell Coke; you're done with Honest Tea, Odwalla, Zico, Peace Tea and Vitamin Water until they're done with Monsanto!Join the Coke Boycott and Refresh Democracy!GMO labeling - it should be a no-brainer... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 27th, 2014
By: Eli YokleyFor much of the summer, while the campaign surrounding “right to farm” has been focused on its impact on “small, family farmers,” the bulk of the money pouring into the fight has come from big agriculture interests.More than half of the $535,889 that has been contributed this year to Missouri Farmers Care — the organization leading the charge in support... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 26th, 2014
By: Nicole D'AlessandroDespite U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scientific findings that the misuse of antibiotics in farm animals threatens human health from “superbugs,” business will continue as usual.Yesterday, in a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the FDA does not need to consider banning the routine feeding of antibiotics to healthy... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 25th, 2014
By: Maureen WiseYou’ve probably heard that bees—their honey, their awesome pollinating powers and their stingers—are on the decline. It’s a global problem that affects more than just the little yellow and black buzzers; it can and will interrupt the way we produce food if it continues.Bees pollinate most of the crops farmers grow worldwide, so without them, we don... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 25th, 2014
By: Carey Gillam(Reuters) - A class of insecticides popular with corn and soybean farmers in the U.S. Midwest but feared as a factor in the decline of U.S. honey bee colonies and other crop pollinators, has been found to be widespread through rivers and streams in Iowa, according to a government study released on Thursday.The study, released by the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 22nd, 2014
Mr. Pompeo is rewarding his campaign donors and punishing their competitors, a classic definition of Crony Capitalism. House Resolution 4432 prohibits the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food supply (HR 4432, Title I, Sec. 103 & 104) and increases the regulation of natural foods producers (HR 4432, Title II), which are direct competitors to GMOs.Specifically... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 19th, 2014
The UK coffee market is full of beans. By 2018 there’ll be 20,500 outlets, and the artisanal independent shops with baristas and Bunsen burners are excelling fastest. They’re giving the big guys – Costa, Caffè Nero and Starbucks, which arguably created the market – a run for their money. Ethically it may seem a no-brainer: the activist stance is that corporate... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 18th, 2014
By: Helen ThompsonA study published today in Nature shows a strong correlation between concentrations of a popular neonicotinoid pesticide in water, and bird declines, writes Helen Thompson. Regulators are under pressure to tighten up, but the industry still claims there's 'no substantiated evidence'.Let me tell you about the birds and the bees: A family of pesticides called ... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 16th, 2014
Conventional wisdom says the schism between Inhofe and Whitehouse shouldn’t come as a shocker. After all, Oklahoma is a red (i.e. conservative) state, and Rhode Island is blue (i.e. liberal), 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... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 16th, 2014
Right now, Simpa Energy, which was started just three years ago, has nearly 2,000 customers (a customer being one household) and that number is growing by the day. The company projects that its solar power will be reaching 75,000 people across India by the end of this year. But Simpa isn’t the only company bringing affordable solar power to India.  Companies like... more


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