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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 08th, 2014

(Beyond Pesticides, August 7, 2014) Residents of St. Louis, Michigan aren’t used to seeing large excavators and dump trucks haul piles of dirt from their front yards or entire blocks of big, neighborhood trees felled. What they are used to seeing are dead birds —sometimes even spontaneous, mid-flight deaths of the birds— and because of a toxic series of events, disasters, and delays spanning decades, the two sights are inextricably connected.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 07th, 2014

By: Carey Gillam

Aug 6 (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Tuesday said they are leaning toward approval of a new line of herbicide-tolerant crops developed by Monsanto Co even though they could increase problematic weed resistance for farmers.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 07th, 2014

By: Thom Hartmann

Let’s talk about America’s farm­grown terrorism epidemic.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 06th, 2014

By: Michelle Donahue

Online Farmers Markets Increase Access to Good Food for All Income Levels

The argument that locally farmed, organic food is just for entitled snobs may not hold water for much longer.


Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 06th, 2014

By: Nicole D'Alessandro

The battle to protect Hawaii’s Big Island from genetically engineered (GE) crops continues.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 05th, 2014

By: Willy Blackmore

A suburb in the Twin Cities is the latest town to ban controversial neonicotinoids.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 04th, 2014

By: Julie Bosman

KINGDOM CITY, Mo. — Missourians already have the constitutional right to religion, speech and guns. On Tuesday, they could make a novel addition to the State Constitution: the right to farm.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Aug 01st, 2014


A National Victory Nearly Ten Years in the Making!

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will phase out the use of genetically engineered (GE) crops to feed wildlife and ban neonicotinoid insecticides from all wildlife refuges nationwide by January 2016.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 30th, 2014

By: Deirdre Fulton

Farm lobby group calls on Monsanto and other biotech companies to reimburse for additional pesticide treatments

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 30th, 2014

By: Kristofor Husted

The 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.

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 from maize. Indeed, the Mayan creation stories include the poetic account of how first woman and man are molded from white and yellow corn plants. One eloquent proponent of the concept of Mexico as a corn culture is Roberto Rodriguez whose doctoral studies focused on Centeotzintli, the traditional environmental knowledge and ritual practices associated with maize as a sacred plant. Lauren Baker – in a fabulous new book, Corn Meets Maize – is another scholar who observes that in indigenous communities, the cultivated fields of maize constitute a space where nature and culture, policy and practice intersect.

Posted By: Dave Murphy on Jul 28th, 2014

Join the Coke Boycott and Refresh Democracy!

GMO labeling - it should be a no-brainer, but greed and power keep getting in the way! Polls regularly show that more than 90% of Americans agree that genetically engineered foods should be labeled! Unfortunately, corporate America hasn't gotten the memo.

In the past 2 years alone, giant biotech seed and chemical companies have donated more than $70 million dollars to defeat citizen-led GMO labeling ballot initiatives in California and Washington State.

Standing side-by-side with Monsanto for the past 2 years, executives at Coca-Cola have chosen to side with biotech seed and chemical companies like Monsanto and DuPont over the American public by donating more than $3.2 million defeat GMO labeling ballot initiatives Prop 37 in California and I-522 in Washington State.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jul 27th, 2014

For 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.



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