Month: August 2018

The Guardian: Where even Walmart won’t go: how Dollar General took over rural America

by Chris McGreal in Haven, Kansas | Mon 13 Aug 2018 As the chain opens stores at the rate of three a day across the US, often in the heart of ‘food deserts’, some see Dollar General as an admission that a town is failing When Dollar General came to Haven, Kansas, it arrived making…



New York Times: When the Menu Says ‘Organic,’ but Not All the Food Is

by Priya Krishna | Aug. 13, 2018 The term doesn’t mean much in restaurants, which are not required to undergo the same rigorous certifying process as farms and food companies. About four years ago, Gil Rosenberg started eating at Bareburger, an international restaurant chain, after undergoing surgery that left him prone to infection and more…



Asia-Pacific Research: India: The State of Independence. British Colonialism Replaced by a New Hegemony

by Colin Todhunter, Asia-Pacific Research | August 08, 2018 India celebrates its independence from Britain on 15 August. However, the system of British colonial dominance has been replaced by a new hegemony based on the systemic rule of transnational capital, enforced by global institutions like the World Bank and WTO. At the same time, global…



Verdict: Time for a New—and Effective—Antitrust

by Thomas Greaney and Samuel R. Miller | 9 Aug 2018 Antitrust law has been much in the news recently, but not in a good way. A spate of articles from The Economist, The Atlantic, and The Nation, among others, talk about America’s “Monopoly Problem.” By this is meant that major sectors of the US…



Independent Ranchers Seek Injunction of Beef Checkoff Funds in Thirteen More States

Contact: David Muraskin, Public Justice – dmuraskin, (202) 861-5245; or Bill Bullard, R-CALF USA CEO – r-calfusa, (406) 252-2516 Independent Ranchers Seek Injunction of Beef Checkoff Funds in Thirteen More States Checkoff programs in Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont and Wisconsin would be…



Oklahoma Farm Report: Bill Bullard Explains the Injunction in Place Against Montana Beef Council Which Could be Expanded to Cover Other State Beef Councils

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 R-CALF USA is expanding their war on the Beef Checkoff by asking for a preliminary injunction now in place against the Montana Beef Council to be extended onto the state beef council’s part of the checkoff in 13 additional states. The group announced on Thursday that it is going back to…



AMP Statement on USDA Meat Labeling Petition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 9, 2018 CONTACT: press To Protect America’s Food Supply and Families, UFCW Supports Better Meat Labeling WASHINGTON, D.C. – Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), issued the following statement after submitting comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in support of the pending…



RSN: Monsanto Ordered to Pay $289 Million as Jury Rules Weedkiller Caused Man’s Cancer

by Sam Levin and Patrick Greenfield, Guardian UK | 11 August 18 Court finds in favor of Dewayne Johnson, first person to take Roundup maker to trial Monsanto suffered a major blow with a jury ruling that the company was liable for a terminally ill man’s cancer, awarding him $289m in damages. Dewayne Johnson, a…



Civil Eats: Can Teaching Kids to Cook Make Them Healthier Later in Life?

by Lela Nargi | HEALTH, Nutrition, School Food | July 30, 2018 New research suggests that learning how to cook as a young person leads to better eating practices—and better health—later in life. It’s a hot afternoon in late May and Sierra Sutton, Risa Luk, and Sissi Mesa, all seniors at the High School for…



Washington Post: Jury tells pork giant to pay $473.5M in nuisance lawsuit

by Alex Derosier and Emery P. Dalesio | AP August 3 RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal jury decided Friday that the world’s largest pork producer should pay $473.5 million to neighbors of three North Carolina industrial-scale hog farms for unreasonable nuisances they suffered from odors, flies and rumbling trucks The jury found that Smithfield Foods owes compensation…