FARMLandGrab. Vegan. The FDA WikiLeaks Itself. US drought threatens to fuel food inflation. Massive corporate welfare for big ag means taxpayer are buying low-quality food - Minneapolis Top News. It was a small news item buried inside the Minneapolis StarTribune, but it was depressing: A Twin Cities farmer’s market was closing down due to lack of interest, and lack of sales of locally grown fresh produce.
This news item caught my attention because Congress is currently putting the finishing touches on the new 5-Year Farm Bill, which most likely will be passed this year. This latest version is again loaded with massive corporate welfare for big agriculture and subsidies for growing the usual – wheat, corn and sugar. These commodities -- while not inherently lacking in good nutrition (except for the worthless sugar beets) -- tend to end up being highly processed into low-value foods, and this in turn contributes to the ever spreading fat arse of America’s obesity epidemic.
Under the new Farm Bill being considered, billions of dollars will flow into bigger and bigger farms. Gigantic subsidies for big farms have another effect – it’s driving people off the land in rural Minnesota. Policy News, Agriculture News. Over the objections of southern Senators and one from New York, the Senate Agriculture Committee approved a five-year farm bill Thursday that now heads for a vote on the Senate floor.
The bill, called the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, received strong bipartisan support in a 12-4 vote (or 16-5, including proxy votes). Three southern Republicans said they could not support it because they view its programs for rice, cotton and peanuts as unfair, and Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand of New York said she opposed cuts to food stamp programs that would affect hundreds of thousands of low income residents of her state. “This Committee is unique. Our hearing room doesn’t have a raised dais; instead we sit together around a table, not unlike the tables that America’s farmers sit around after a long day’s work," said Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) at the start of the meeting to mark up a bill.
Rep. Sam Farr wins organic award. The Organic Trade Association on Wednesday gave Rep.
Sam Farr, D-Carmel, its public service award for his “unwavering support and advocacy for organic farmers,” most powerfully through his post as top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee’s agriculture panel. The trade group said the organic market topped $31.5 billion last year, growing 9.5 percent last year, but still only 4.2 percent of U.S. food sales. From there Farr, a former Peace Corps volunteer, has provided a counterweight to the government’s heavy focus on corn, soybeans, cotton and other commodity crops, by pushing funding for the National Organic Program, which certifies organic products, and critically, funding for research and data collection on organic farms and markets.
Such research and data collection provides a kind of infrastructure that enables the organic sector to grow faster. The Fight Over Food Stamps and Farm Subsidies. (This is the second in a two-part report analyzing the Senate House farm bills.
Read the first part here.) Congress appears poised to begin overhauling long-standing agricultural price support programs, including the elimination of unconditional subsidies to farmers, in an effort to help lower their overall costs and eliminate some of the inequities in the program. The government currently hands out between $15 billion and $20 billion a year in aggie subsidies, depending on the prices of crops and the level of disaster payments.
More than 90 percent of agricultural subsidies go to farmers of five crops – wheat, corn, soybeans, rice, and cotton. Earth Day: Push for local agriculture, products is growing. View full sizeSterman Masser Potato Farms is a family-owned potato farming company located in Sacramento, PA who provide potatoes to many local restaurants in the midstate, like, Shugar's Philly Deli in Lemoyne.
CHRISTINE BAKER, The Patriot-News Buy local means many things to many people. It is the heirloom tomato grown on a Perry County farm, sliced and paired with locally made buffalo mozzarella cheese on a caprese salad. It is the coffee, roasted by hand and brewed from bean to cup at the corner coffee shop.
Midwest's Tart Cherry Crop Destroyed By Weather. SISTER BAY, Wis.
(AP) — Walk into Cherry Republic's store in the heart of the nation's biggest tart cherry producing region, and you could end up with jam or salsa with fruit that had to be imported from Poland. Cherry Republic can't get enough tart cherries from its local orchards because 97 percent of Michigan's crop was destroyed this year by a freak weather pattern. An unseasonably warm March that caused trees to bud was followed by an April freeze that killed the blossoms. Trees in New York and Wisconsin, which have smaller but still significant tart cherry harvests, suffered the same weather damage. Prices usually skyrocket when farmers take that kind of a loss, or in severe cases consumers might just have to give up on a fruit for a season. Tart cherries are different from sweet cherries, the variety sold fresh at farmers markets and in grocery stores.
Monsanto's seedy legacy.
Monsanto Fails UCS Test for Sustainable Agriculture. Monsanto likes to think of itself as a sustainable agriculture company.
Ten Ways Monsanto and Big Ag Are Trying to Kill You - And the Planet. Energy-intensive industrial farming practices that rely on toxic chemicals and genetically engineered crops are not just undermining public health--they're destroying the planet.
Here's how: #1 Generating Massive Greenhouse Gas Pollution (CO2, Methane, Nitrous Oxide) and Global Warming; While Promoting False Solutions Such as Industrial Biofuels, So-Called Drought-Resistant Crops, and Genetically Engineered Trees Evaluations of corn grown for ethanol show that whatever reduction in emissions you get from burning corn instead of oil in the gas tank is more than offset by the fact that producing biofuel from corn requires as much fuel as it could replace. Corn production, like the production of all of the crops (corn, cotton, canola, soy, and now, sugar beets and alfalfa) that Monsanto has so successfully industrialized through its business model of selling patented GMO seeds to increase the use of its pesticides, is very fossil fuel intensive. Scientists link mass death of British bees to farm pesticides.
Custom byline text: eXCLUSIVE by Rob Edwards Environment Editor The authoritative, peer-reviewed research undermines the pesticide industry's long-repeated arguments that bees are not being harmed, and piles pressure on UK and US authorities to follow other countries by introducing bans on the chemicals.
Pesticide companies have been trying to protect their multi-billion pound businesses by lobbying internationally against bans on neonicotinoids, a group of toxic chemicals designed to paralyse insects by attacking their nervous systems.
Lake Assale camel caravans and salt works - photos. Florida's Ag Gag Bill Reintroduced. Farming Gardening Produce Market. Food Market. How much regulation do we need on food safety? All this discussion about food labelling, obesity, additives, good fats versus bad fats, good carbs versus bad carbs is enough to make anyone’s head spin.
We’re getting cancer from eating certain foods. We’re avoiding cancer by eating others. Streit über Landverkäufe eskaliert: Polizei riegelt chinesisches Fischerdorf ab. Öko-Schwindel in Italien: Deutschland sucht nach gefälschten Bio-Produkten. India toxic alcohol kills 143 in West Bengal. 15 December 2011Last updated at 15:09 Residents of 12 villages fell ill after consuming toxic alcohol.
People's Court Puts Agrochemical Giants on Trial. Shruthi’s hands have only four digits, oddly splayed and disfigured. Her deformed right lower limb has been amputated. Kaffee aus dem Hahn - High-Tech-Lustobjekte: Espresso aus dem Hahn - Digital. Kucinich bill aims to protect food supply from Monsanto, GMOs - National Democrat.
On Friday, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) announced new legislation to protect the food supply from a potential crisis brought about by biotech giants like Monsanto,and the unrestricted use of their GMOs - Genetically modified organisms. H.R. 3554, The Genetically Engineered Safety Act, would help prevent the biological contamination of our food supply. Kucinich’s common sense legislation would prohibit the open-air cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) pharmaceutical and industrial crops. The bill would prohibit the use of common human food or animal feed as the host plant for a genetically engineered pharmaceutical or industrial chemical. Farm Bill Conservation Programs Threatened By Anticipated Budget Cuts. On October 17, a massive dust storm hit Lubbock, Texas, adding to already significant agricultural and environmental devastation across the South this year. Food Justice Wins We Can Be Thankful for This Year. Action.foodandwaterwatch.
Canada pork producers fear loss of Korea trade. * Exports of C$300 million will vanish, say producers * Pork industry wants stalled free trade talks to restart * See big threat from U.S. pork industry. The Secret Farm Bill. Secret Farm Bill Goes from Bad to Medieval. Secrecy is not the way to craft a new federal farm bill. Farm bill: Corn Belt vs. Great Plains Dems - David Rogers. 24 Hours to Kill the "Secret Farm Bill" Please take 30 seconds today against the "Secret Farm Bill". Turkey-abstinence on Thanksgiving a humane way to spend the holiday. Colony collapse disorder « My Blog spiritandanimal.wordpress.com. State department pimping for Monsanto - why? Maria Russo: Monsanto's Seed: How One Company is Tarnishing Our Food Supply.
A Call to Agricultural Action. Maine farmer heads group challenging genetics giant. Monsanto Agent Orange Past Continues to Haunt the Company. Monsanto reaffirms 2012 targets. French government outlaws vegetarian meals from schools. Michelin Guide to UK Pub Food; Working at Groupon - Listage. Apple Point of Sale System Combined with iPad Menu Equals Awesomeness.
Improving the Picture for Independent Farmers. Researchers identify enzyme that holds key to living longer through calorie restriction.