Category: General Advocacy

The Guardian: Waitrose pulls its corned beef off shelves after Guardian reveals alleged slavery links

Tuesday 6 June 2017 08.20 EDT Documents show JBS, which supplies beef to retailers including Waitrose, previously bought cattle from Brazilian farm now being investigated for labour abuse Waitrose is taking its own-brand corned beef from Brazil off supermarket shelves after an investigation by the Guardian and Brazilian journalists found the products could contain meat

Tags: The Gamble Of The Farmers That Raise Our Chicken

By Grant Gerlock Tim Mueller has raised corn and soybeans on 530 acres near the city of Columbus, Nebraska, for decades, but today he is planning to take a big gamble. The big box retailer Costco is building a new chicken processing plant in Fremont, about an hour from Mueller’s farm. The company plans for

Cap Times: Jim Goodman: Wisconsin dairy farmers have been duped

by Jim Goodman | dairy farmer from Wonewoc Jun 6, 2017 For a farmer, getting the news that you no longer have a market for your product is devastating. I know — I got one of those letters a few months ago. It is especially problematic if you are a dairy farmer, since cows need

Reuters: Meat packer blames ABC’s ‘pink slime’ for nearly killing company

By Timothy Mclaughlin and P.J. Huffstutter | ELK POINT, S.D./CHICAGO ABC News’ characterization of a South Dakota meat processor’s ground-beef product as “pink slime” almost put Beef Products Inc out of business, BPI’s lawyer said on Monday in the opening salvo of a closely watched trial. The $5.7 billion lawsuit pitting big agriculture against big Carbon Farming & Cutting Food Waste: Climate Solutions That Don’t Require Trump’s Buy-in

By Twilight Greenaway 06.05.17 Paul Hawken, the editor of a new book, ‘Drawdown,’ has found that changing the way we grow and eat food has surprising potential to reverse climate change. Donald Trump’s recent decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement on climate has many wringing their hands. But Paul Hawken doesn’t have Adding Animals Adds Profit, Organic Matter for North Dakota Farm

By Laurie Bedord 5/31/2017 The quality of food Paul Brown raises hinges on the quality of the soil on which it is grown. “When my parents purchased the farm from my grandfather in 1991, the soil’s organic matter ranged from 1.7% to 1.9%,” he says. “Four years of crop failure and nearly going broke got


NY Times: Immigrants Keep an Iowa Meatpacking Town Alive and Growing

By PATRICIA COHEN MAY 29, 2017 Waves of Asian, African and Latino newcomers have filled jobs at pork, egg and turkey plants where wages have fallen and work has grown more grueling. STORM LAKE, Iowa — When Dan Smith first went to work at the pork processing plant in Storm Lake in 1980, pretty much

Bloomberg: The Dirty Family Secret in a Brazilian $20 Billion Buying Spree

by Gerson Freitas Jr, Tatiana Freitas, and Jeff Wilson May 26, 2017 When beef tycoons Joesley and Wesley Batista sat down with Brazilian prosecutors last month and told them all they knew about the metastatic corruption scandal known as Carwash, they also let the world in on a dirty family secret. The meteoric rise of

USA Today: He plowed his field; now he faces a $2.8 million fine

Damon Arthur, Record Searchlight 7:07 a.m. ET May 24, 2017 RED BLUFF, Calif. — A farmer faces trial in federal court this summer and a $2.8 million fine for failing to get a permit to plow his field and plant wheat in Tehama County. A lawyer for Duarte Nursery said the case is important because

Bloomberg: There Aren’t Enough Slaughterhouses to Support the Farm-to-Table Economy

by Deena Shanker May 23, 2017, 3:00 AM MDT Sellers of high-end pork, beef, and chicken agree: there simply aren’t enough facilities to humanely and safely kill their animals. Everything at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., has a story. Servers, chefs, and farmers at the restaurant, which was recently ranked No.