Huffington Post: The Farm Bill Could Be A Huge Blow To Animals

By Hilary Hanson | May 17, 2018 An amendment threatens farm animal protections, food safety laws and rules on invasive species. As Congress fights over the latest farm bill, one proposal has animal welfare and food safety advocates ― and even some farm industry groups ― sounding the alarm. They’re opposing the Protect Interstate Commerce



Reuters: Brazilian prosecutors charge JBS shareholder with corruption – source

by Ricardo Brito | May 15, 2018 BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian federal prosecutors presented charges against Joesley Batista, a major shareholder in meatpacker JBS SA (JBSS3.SA), another senior executive and a former federal prosecutor accusing them of corruption, money laundering and obstruction of Justice, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The charges



San Francisco Examiner: Most meat, poultry purchased by SF departments treated with antibiotics

by Joshua Sabatini | May 12, 2018 City departments tasked for the first time with tracking antibiotics used in the production of the meat and poultry they purchased struggled to get accurate information from suppliers, according to a report. San Francisco passed a law late last year requiring city departments to start disclosing data on



Food monopolies Continue to Plunder and Pillage

1940: Farmers’ Share Does Not Increase As Price Margins Widen Despite the efficiency of large-scale production, the farmer has continued to get a smaller and smaller share of the consumer’s dollar as monopoly control has increased over the past 25 years. An analysis of figures put out by the Bureau of Agricultural Economics shows that



Big Business Rules American Agriculture-and Congress Doesn’t Seem to Care

Big Business Rules American Agriculture-and Congress Doesn’t Seem to Care By Andrew Schwartz and Ethan Gurwitz Posted on May 16, 2018, 12:01 am https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/economy/news/2018/05/16/450990/big-business-rules-american-agriculture-congress-doesnt-seem-care/ With the Trump administration’s litany of scandals and harmful policy decisions dominating the daily news cycle, recent congressional efforts to reauthorize the Farm Bill have flown under the radar. When the



Food Tank: 17 Organizations Feeding and Healing the World Through Regenerative Agriculture

Transitioning to more sustainable forms of agriculture remains critical, as many current agriculture practices have serious consequences including deforestation and soil degradation. But despite agriculture’s enormous potential to hurt the environment, it also has enormous potential to heal it. Realizing this, many organizations are promoting regenerative agriculture as a way to not just grow food



Civil Eats: Farmers Can’t Afford the Legal Help They Need. These Lawyers Are Mobilizing to Change That.

By Lisa Held | 05.17.18 Skilled and affordable food law attorneys are necessary to build sustainable regional food economies. Corbin Hill Food Project founder Dennis Derryck believes that food justice depends on land justice, which is why he’s taking 95 acres of upstate New York farmland his organization owns and “turning it over to the



Chicago Food Policy Action Council applauds Cook County adoption of Good Food Purchasing Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | May 16, 2018 New measure will ensure transparency in food systems and generate millions in revenue for local farmers, food-based businesses, and communities CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – Today, the Chicago Food Policy Action Council (CFPAC) applauded the Cook County Board of Commissioners for adopting public policy that will transform the way county



Center for American Progress: Big Business Rules American Agriculture—and Congress Doesn’t Seem to Care

by Andrew Schwartz and Ethan Gurwitz | May 16, 2018 With the Trump administration’s litany of scandals and harmful policy decisions dominating the daily news cycle, recent congressional efforts to reauthorize the Farm Bill have flown under the radar. When the House Committee on Agriculture passed its version of the bill on a party-line vote



Des Moines Register: Merged Bayer-Monsanto will corner the market on farm data and software

by Angela Huffman | May 14, 2018 The Department of Justice (DOJ) is expected to approve the merger between Bayer and Monsanto. If that happens, the world’s newest and largest seed and chemical company will have more in common with Facebook and Cambridge Analytica than meets the eye. In recent years, large agrochemical companies, including