Monthly archives: August, 2016

US Food Safety Campaigners Outraged Over GMO Label Law

A woman holds up a poster during a protest against U.S.-based Monsanto Co. (photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) US Food Safety Campaigners Outraged Over GMO Label Law By Ryan Rifai, Al Jazeera 05 August 16 Campaigners say new law allows producers to obscure GMO content on food packaging ood safety organisations in the US have condemned a



Why the GMO Labeling Bill Obama Just Signed Into Law Is a Sham—and a National Embarrassment

Why the GMO Labeling Bill Obama Just Signed Into Law Is a Sham—and a National Embarrassment The discriminatory bill exempts Big Food from putting GMO labels on food packages and keeps consumers in the dark. By Andrew Kimbrell / AlterNet August 4, 2016 Rally to Support GMO Food Labeling Connecticut State Senate leaders joined a



Chicago Tribune: “Sen. Dick Durbin urges stronger oversight of Illinois hog farming”

Sen. Dick Durbin urges stronger oversight of Illinois hog farming David Jackson and Gary MarxContact Reporters Illinois must do more to protect livestock animals from abuse and mistreatment inside the large confinement facilities where they are raised for slaughter, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin told the Tribune on Wednesday. The Democrat from Illinois, reacting to an



Talequah Daily Press: Other states have issues with ‘Right to Farm’

Other states have issues with ‘Right to Farm’ · By Sean Rowley srowley@tahlequahdailypress.com Sean Rowley · File photo Bill John Baker, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, has stated that the tribe is opposed to State Question 777, or “Right to Farm” The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes has also announced its opposition.



Chicago Tribune – The Price of Pork

The Price of Pork Hundreds of hog confinements have been constructed across Illinois in recent years, using a factory-like system to grow millions of pigs and put inexpensive bacon on your plate. But a Tribune investigation finds all that cheap meat is coming at great cost to rural communities. For Full Report



Food & Power: FTC Allows Grocery Chains to Further Consolidate in Ahold/Delhaize Merger

Did someone forward you this newsletter? Get your own copy by subscribing here. FTC Allows Grocery Chains to Further Consolidate Power, Harming Farmers, Workers, and Consumers​ Farmers, workers, and consumers alike may soon feel the effects of further consolidation in the already concentrated industry of grocery retail. On July 22, the Federal Trade Commission approved



Dean Baker Takes Down Wash Po pro-TPP editorial

The Washington Post-President Obama TPP-Challenge Dean Baker Published: 04 August 2016 It’s hard to resist a good challenge and the Washington Post gave us one this morning in an editorial pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The editorial criticized TPP opponents and praised President Obama for continuing to push the deal. It tells readers: "Mr. Obama



Hoard’s Dairyman Intel: The shrinking “little class” of dairy farms

Howdy, With thanks to NeFU VP Vern Jantzen. All those small dairy farms took their milk money to town to buy supplies, and there were always supplies to buy. Our family milked 40 to 50 cows. In our western Madison County neighborhood half way between Tilden and Newman Grove, lot’s of folks milked cows. There



Hoard’s Dairyman Intel: Finances among the toughest in California

Finances among the toughest in California by Corey Geiger, Managing Editor A second economic analysis has confirmed that dairy farm income did not cover expenses in 2015 for California dairy producers. Frazer Certified Public Accountants and Consultants conducted the latest study. It showed no matter the location — Southern California, the San Joaquin Valley, or



WNAX Radio: Farm Group Leader Has Problems With Ag Appropriations Cuts

http://wnax.com/news/180081-farm-group-leader-has-problems-with-ag-appropriations-cuts/ Farm Group Leader Has Problems With Ag Appropriations Cuts 8.2.16 When Congress returns from their recess, they’ll have 100 appropriations measures to take up including the Agriculture Appropriations Bills. Both the House and Senate versions of that calls for cutting ag spending levels by two percent. Nebraska Farmers Union President John Hansen says not