Monthly archives: October, 2016

NYT: Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops

Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops By DANNY HAKIMOCT. 29, 2016 Arnaud Rousseau, a sixth-generation farmer in France, in a field of rapeseed. Twenty years ago, Europe largely rejected genetic modification at the same time the United States and Canada were embracing it. Credit Ed Alcock for The New York Times LONDON



Reclaiming the Soul of Iowa, By John Ikerd

Reclaiming the Soul of Iowa By johnikerd1 October 28, 2016 Uncategorized Iowa, Iowa, where the soul of the earth is slipping away. Hold on, hold on, people are waking and hope is not gone. This is the refrain from my new song, “The Soul of Iowa,” that opened the Jefferson County Farmers and Neighbors Annual



Monsanto Was Put on Trial for Ecocide at the Hague: Here’s What Happened

Monsanto Was Put on Trial for Ecocide at the Hague: Here’s What Happened Monsanto has earned the dubious distinction of being the most hated corporation on Earth. By Ronnie Cummins / AlterNet October 28, 2016 Monsanto Tribunal at the Hague Photo Credit: via Organic Consumers Association "Today we are in the midst of a battleground



Court Limits National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Role in Federal Records Case

Court Limits National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Role in Federal Records Case Submitted by:Angela Huffman Written on:October 27, 2016 Tuesday, NCBA’s attempt to delay and disrupt OCM’s search for the truth hit a snag when a federal court greatly limited its role in a lawsuit for beef checkoff records. A federal court allowed the National Cattlemen’s



Food & Power: Amazon Expands into Liquor Delivery and Retail in Ohio

Did someone forward you this newsletter? Get your own copy by subscribing here. Amazon Expands into Liquor Delivery and Retail in Ohio​ Amazon has applied for licenses to open liquor warehouses in Columbus and Cincinnati that would allow the company to sell beer, wine, and liquor for delivery as well as carryout. This move is



NYT Editorial – North Carolina’s Noxious Pig Farms

North Carolina’s Noxious Pig Farms By THE EDITORIAL BOARDOCT. 25, 2016 The landscape of eastern North Carolina is dotted with giant pools of bright pink sludge. These are waste lagoons, where industrial farms across the state dispose of billions of gallons of untreated pig urine and feces every year. The waste can carry E. coli,



The TPP Seafood Safety Threat – new report by Food and Water Watch

http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/news/hook-line-and-stinker-tpp-seafood-safety-threat PDF of report here Hook, Line and Stinker: The TPP Seafood Safety Threat The Trans-Pacific Partnership would undermine our ability to ensure seafood imported into the United States is safe. By Christian Detisch, Patrick Woodall 10.25.16 The bipartisan hostility directed at the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been focused on the impact trade deals have



Are Corporations Too Big to Control?

Are Corporations Too Big to Control? Posted on October 24, 2016 by Mike Callicrate The Farmers Advocate May 25, 1905 We think the farmer is altogether too slow to recognize his interests, and especially attacks on his interests by other classes; that he is too slow to fight for his rights; that he is too



Tulsa World: “Teresa Meinders Burkett: State Question 777 — Who needs it? (No one)”

Posted: Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:00 am One of the biggest mysteries surrounding State Question 777, the so-called Right to Farm proposal, is why anyone thought we needed it in Oklahoma. We are an ag-friendly state. Oklahoma currently has robust “right to farm” laws on the books. Our state statutes have protected agriculture interests for



R-CALF: Livestock Auction Yards to Explore Causes, Solutions to Cattle Price Collapse

Livestock Auction Yards to Explore Causes, Solutions to Cattle Price Collapse Billings, Mont. – In the wake of falling cattle prices, which have fallen farther and faster than in any time in history, livestock auction yards in central and eastern South Dakota and North Dakota will host a series of meetings to address the depressed