Monthly archives: July, 2014

Right to Know, Wrong to Sow — D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals delivered a blow to the National Pork Producers Cou ncil’s efforts to keep consumers in the dark

Right to Know, Wrong to Sow By Wayne Pacelle This morning, I awoke to unseasonably cool weather in Washington, D.C. As the day progressed, we got a different kind of cool – the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals delivered a blow to the National Pork Producers Council’s efforts to keep consumers in the dark about



Brazil Farmers Say GMO Corn No Longer Resistant to Bugs

Farmers want compensation for additional spraying cost. (Photo: Dricker94/flckr) Brazil Farmers Say GMO Corn No Longer Resistant to Bugs By Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams 30 July 14 Farm lobby group calls on Monsanto and other biotech companies to reimburse for additional pesticide treatments razilian farmers say their GMO corn is no longer resistant to pests,



Reversing the damage of colonization – The African slate is not blank: Taking democratic traditions and indigenous knowledge seriously

Everywhere on the globe where political and corporate colonization has extracted, plundered, pillaged and enslaved will benefit from the healing of indigenous wisdom and regenerative practices. The world needs to reject the technocratic corporate control of big business and big money over people and resources and embrace self-directed, locally controlled communities. For a current example



Meat Industry Loses Appeal on Country-of Origin-Labeling – Now waiting WTO decision – But Why?

I have a totally different concern about this issue, the importance of which dwarfs consumer rights. Whenever any country, in this case America, passes legislation which in this case is labeling, all countries must now submit such legislation to WTO for approval. As such, we have jettisoned our sovereignty to WTO, which allegedly possesses more



Lawsuit Stunner: Half of Futures Trades in Chicago Are Illegal Wash Trades

Meanwhile the farmer and rancher invest everything they have, work hard, taking huge production risks, only to be swindled by the gangsters in Chicago, Wall Street, Brazil and China. MC Lawsuit Stunner: Half of Futures Trades in Chicago Are Illegal Wash Trades By Pam Martens: July 24, 2014 Terrence Duffy of the CME Group Testifying



Cattle Groups Pleased With Appeal Court’s Affirmation of COOL

R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America "Fighting for the U.S.Cattle Producer" For Immediate Release July 29, 2014 Cattle Groups Pleased With Appeal Court’s Affirmation of COOL Billings, Mont. – Today, eleven judges at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (Appeals Court) denied the request by the American Meat Institute, National



Politico: COOL gets another boost from U.S. courts, awaits WTO

LITICO COOL gets another boost from U.S. courts, awaits WTO By Jenny Hopkinson 7/29/14 4:34 PM EDT The decision Tuesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to uphold the Agriculture Department’s country-of-origin labeling rules for meat looks to "disembowel" court precedent and put "crony capitalism or ideological arm-twisting" ahead of first



Consumers Win with Court Ruling on Meat Labels

Consumers Win with Court Ruling on Meat Labels July 29, 2014 By Jessica Culpepper Food Safety and Health Attorney The DC Circuit Court of Appeals issued a hugely important opinion today in American Meat Institute v. United States Dep’t of Agriculture, upholding the USDA’s Country of Origin Labeling rule requiring increased specificity regarding where the



Amendment One would not protect Missouri family farms

Amendment One would not protect Missouri family farms July 02, 2014 10:30 pm • By Richard R. Oswald This summer, during the state primary election on Aug. 5, Missouri voters will decide the question known as Amendment One to our state Constitution; “Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to ensure the right of Missouri citizens



Tyson Foods to sell Mexico and Brazilian poultry businesses to JBS/Pilgrims Pride — Cooperating rather than competing

Tyson Foods to sell Mexico and Brazilian poultry businesses By Rita Jane Gabbett on 7/28/2014 Tyson Foods has reached a definitive agreement with JBS SA to sell its poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil, the company announced today. The transaction is valued at $575 million and will be paid for in cash. Tyson Foods officials