Monthly archives: October, 2015

Lawsuits Mount Against Monsanto’s ‘Cancer-Causing’ Weedkiller

Crop duster plane spraying crops. (photo: Dawn Caldwell) Lawsuits Mount Against Monsanto’s ‘Cancer-Causing’ Weedkiller By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch 16 October 15 Looks like the cancer lawsuits against Monsanto are gaining country-wide momentum. Reuters reports that personal injury law firms around the U.S. are gathering numerous plaintiffs to build “mass tort actions” alleging that exposure to



How Monsanto Solicited Academics to Bolster Their Pro-GMO Propaganda — Using Taxpayer Dollars

How Monsanto Solicited Academics to Bolster Their Pro-GMO Propaganda — Using Taxpayer Dollars Thousands of emails reveal how the biotech giant enlisted public university academics to prop up their massive PR machine. By Katherine Paul / AlterNet October 15, 2015 Photo Credit: Maryna Pleshkun/Shutterstock.com The Monsanto public relations machine has done a stellar job in



OCM: OIG Reconfirms Commitment to Produce Beef Checkoff Audit Documents

October 15, 2015 For Immediate Release: OIG Reconfirms Commitment to Produce Audit Documents Today, before a federal judge in the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, and the attorneys for OCM, OIG reconfirmed their commitment to produce thousands of documents related to the 2013-2014 audit report. This assurance was issued today during a status hearing



Harpers: The New China Syndrome — American business meets its new master, By Barry C. Lynn

ARCHIVE / 2015 / November Report — From the November 2015 issue The New China Syndrome American business meets its new master By Barry C. Lynn It’s May Day, and a rambunctious crowd of well-dressed people, many carrying blue and yellow parasols, has pushed into a Ford dealership just north of Chongqing, China. Mist from



PM Beef’s Minnesota packing plant to close, citing tight cattle supply — No severance packages

Agweek PM Beef employees will not receive severance packages By Julie Buntjer, Forum News Service on Oct 14, 2015 at 9:05 a.m. Advertisement WINDOM, Minn. — One day after employees of PM Beef in Windom were told the beef processing facility would close Dec. 11, officials with the plant are offering more details about the



Letter from Langdon: FARMERS PAY THE COST OF ‘FREE’ TRADE By Richard Oswald

LETTER FROM LANGDON: FARMERS PAY THE COST OF ‘FREE’ TRADE By Richard Oswald October 12, 2015 The Trans Pacific trade pact promises us cheaper food with sketchier ingredients. American farmers will face upheaval and more dislocation, while corporate agriculture thrives. If China assembles my Apple iPhone with its global mixture of ingredients, shouldn’t Asians at



NPR – If Big Food Buys Your Favorite ‘Natural’ Food Brand, Will You Trust It?

If Big Food Buys Your Favorite ‘Natural’ Food Brand, Will You Trust It? October 12, 2015 4:04 PM ET Dan Charles Listen to the Story Perdue, the poultry giant, acquired the Niman Ranch name and reputation of raising animals without antibiotics in September. John Greim/Universal Images Group/Getty Images Big food companies are buying up small



Special Report: The war on big food — Buying up natural food companies …

Special Report: The war on big food by Beth Kowitt @bethkowitt May 21, 2015, 8:30 AM EDT Major packaged-food companies lost $4 billion in market share alone last year, as shoppers swerved to fresh and organic alternatives. Can the supermarket giants win you back? Try this simple test. Say the following out loud: Artificial colors



The Meat Industry Is Licking Its Chops Over Obama’s Massive Trade Deal

The Meat Industry Is Licking Its Chops Over Obama’s Massive Trade Deal —Tom Philpott on Wed. October 7, 2015 6:00 AM PDT FocusLuca/Shutterstock The US meat industry scored a big victory this week when world leaders hammered out an agreement that would reduce trade barriers across the Pacific: from the United Sates, Canada, Mexico, Peru,



CPA Opposes TPP as Harming US Trade, Jobs and Economic Growth

CPA Opposes TPP as Harming US Trade, Jobs and Economic Growth October 5, 2015 The Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement because it will harm American job creation, agricultural and goods production and our economic prosperity. “US trade negotiators had no strategy to increase American net trade when conducting