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Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 08th, 2017

The recently passed Congressional budget that averted government shutdown will allocate $3 million to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to promote "the environmental, nutritional, food safety, economic and humanitarian impacts" of biotech crops and genetically modified (GMO) ingredients in food to consumers—many of whom are wary of the products.

 

While the specifics of the campaign are yet unclear, the measure calls for the "publication and distribution of science-based educational information."

 

 

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 04th, 2017

Corporate lobbyists wanted to ensure that President Trump’s nominees would make it through their Senate confirmation hearings despite public outcries. So naturally, they spent quite a bit of money to help their political wishes come true.

 

Koch Industries has a long history of lobbying to the oil and gas industry, and they spent $3.1 million in just the first three months of the year “on a variety of issues affecting its bottom line, including the EPA’s Clean Power Rule on carbon emissions, carbon pricing, the Clean Air Act and “nominations for various positions at the Department of Energy, according to disclosure forms looked at by The Intercept. The forms also show that Koch Industries directly spent money so that Scott Pruitt would be confirmed as EPA Administrator.

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 04th, 2017

Although widely used across the world, many Bayer and Monsanto products are highly toxic for people and the planet - and ironic illustration of our broken global food system. 


Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 04th, 2017

In a San Francisco federal court case, the plaintiff accused GMO giants Monsanto of hiring third-parties who hide their association with the company to respond to negative online comments, also known as ‘shills’.

 

The case challenges Monsanto’s corrupt relationship with members of the Environmental Protection Agency and their attempts to manipulate scientific publications and crack down on online dissent. Monsanto’s ‘Let Nothing Go’ campaign allegedly hired online ‘shills’ to quickly respond to social media chatter about the carcinogenic properties of their ‘RoundUp’ product.

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 04th, 2017

 

Despite the Chinese government's assurances that genetically modified (GMO) foods are safe, Chinese consumers are growing increasingly wary of the products, fueling a looming crisis for the country's lucrative soybean crushing industry as non-GMO alternatives become more popular, Reuters reported.

 

 

Sales of the nation's primary cooking oil, soy oil—most of which is made from imported GMO soybeans—have taken a hit. According to data from Euromonitor, retail sales of soy oil fell one percent last year to 35.7 billion yuan ($5.19 billion), compared to a growth of between two and six percent for alternatives such as non-GMO soy, sunflower, peanut or sesame.


Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 02nd, 2017

Most factories thankfully have stopped dumping oils, solvents, and other chemicals into rivers, lakes, and streams.

 

But today caffeine, antihistamines, and other household and agricultural chemicals are likely widespread even in crystal clear water running through seemingly pristine wildernesses, new research has found.

 

 
Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 02nd, 2017

Interrupted several times by angry shareholders demanding a stop of the Bayer-Monsanto merger and shouting "you poison our soil," Bayer's chief executive acknowledged on Friday that he would face an uphill battle to improve Monsanto's reputation once Bayer completes the takeover of the US seeds and agrochemicals company.

 

"Monsanto's image does of course represent a major challenge for us, and it's not an aspect I wish to play down," Werner Baumann told shareholders at Bayer's annual general meeting.

 

 

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 02nd, 2017

 

Growing up in the Midwest isn’t as idyllic as it used to be. The family farm has been eclipsed by sprawling thousand-fold acre parcels of corn and soybeans. Typically managed by one solitary man, he spends his spring and early summer days planting genetically engineered seeds and spraying herbicides. Monitors in the tractor map soil temperature and crop conditions, surveying the contours of green expanse and helping the farmer make timely decisions about which herbicides to spray and when.

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 02nd, 2017

 

Cities are where we find large concentrations of consumers for the end-product of our food systems and it is the responsibility of cities to ensure that all their inhabitants are food-secure. This is increasingly recognized by cities themselves, as shown by city adherence to food-networks as well as international city agendas on food. Examples include the 138 cities which have signed the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact in 2015, the 12 Dutch cities and 3 National Ministries which have signed the Dutch City deal Food on the Urban Agenda in January 2017, the cities linked to the C40 food systems network, and those having joined the  ICLEI-RUAF CITYFOOD network. The New Urban Agenda, adopted in Quito in October 2016, will guide implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals for the coming years, and through these, food security and nutrition are now at the centre of urban and territorial sustainability.


Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on May 02nd, 2017

Following a four-month battle for his life, Chris Linaman committed to sharing his story to help raise awareness about the growing threat posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. As executive chef at a large medical center, he is also driving change at an institutional level, harnessing his purchasing power to support the responsible use of antibiotics in food animals.

 

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 29th, 2017

Phyllis Willis is being remembered today as a kind, caring environmentalist and animal rights activist.

 

Willis, 74, died Wednesday night at her home in Fertile.

 

Willis was a champion of clean air and water causes as well as animal rights; pigs and chickens roamed freely at Niman Ranch, her family's land with 140 acres of native prairie grasses near Thornton.

 

 

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 25th, 2017

World Environment Day (WED) occurs on 5 June every year. Promoted by the United Nations, its aim is to encourage global awareness and action for the protection of the environment. Since its inauguration in 1974, WED has helped bring attention to various issues, including global warming, sustainable consumption and wildlife crime.

 

 

We also have Earth Day, celebrated annually on 22 April. On this day. various events are held across the globe to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Earth Day dates back to 1970.

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 25th, 2017

 

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has gone where the U.S. government dares not tread – testing thousands of foods commonly consumed by its citizens for residues of a controversial herbicide linked to cancer. And the findings are less than appetizing.

 

The agency said it found the pesticide known as glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto Co.’s Roundup branded herbicides and other products, in 29.7 percent of 3,188 foods tested in 2015 and 2016. Glyphosate was found in 47.4 percent of beans, peas and lentil products; 36.6 percent of grain products; and 31 percent of baby cereals, the agency report states.

 

 

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