Month: October 2018

New Food Economy: Meat plant that recalled 7 million pounds of ground beef has history of “egregious” animal welfare practices

by Joe Fassler | October 11th, 2018 In 2017, regulators warned JBS over its treatment of sick dairy cattle at its Tolleson, Arizona plant. The resulting documents may help clarify the source of this year’s Salmonella outbreak. The JBS meatpacking plant at the center of the recent, 6.9-million-pound beef recall has a history of “egregious”…



Bizwomen: Sisters return to family farm to craft artisan cheese

by Alisha Green, Reporter – San Francisco Business Times | Oct 12, 2018 Joining the world of cheesemaking was a big change for the Giacomini sisters — even though they grew up on a dairy farm where they returned to run as a cheese company for their parents. The level of cameraderie surprised them. The…



Tweet from Timothy A. Wise (@TimothyAWise)

Timothy A. Wise (@TimothyAWise) tweeted at 0:03 PM on Thu, Oct 11, 2018: Thrilled to see flyer for my NewPress book, “Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, & the Battle for the Future of Food” (Feb 2019), with such warm praise from Shiva, Lappé, Hauter, de Schutter, Belay, Salvador, Shetty, Jomo KS & foreword from @_RajPatel….



Denver Post: Colorado farmers and ranchers are struggling — and it can take a big mental toll

by Judith Kohler | October 3, 2018 Fellow farmers, state agriculture officials identify available resources Mike Nolan and Mindy Perkovich have had good years and not-as-good years since starting Mountain Roots Produce in southwest Colorado’s Mancos Valley about five years ago. They have built their business selling vegetables to area restaurants and about 75 individual…



State Journal-Register: Beardstown slaughterhouse biggest nitrogen polluter of waterways in U.S., study finds

by Tony Briscoe – Chicago Tribune | October 12, 2018 A pork-processing plant in Beardstown last year discharged more nitrogen from animal waste into waterways than any other slaughterhouse in the country, according to a report published Thursday. In an assessment of water pollution produced by 98 large meat-processing facilities across the United States, the…



Quartz: Being vegan isn’t as good for humanity as you think

by Chase Purdy | August 4, 2016 The moral high ground of food just shifted a little bit. Using biophysical simulation models to compare 10 eating patterns, researchers found that eating fewer animal products will increase the number of people that can be supported by existing farmland. But as it turns out, eliminating animal products…



Politico Report: Meat Processing Plants Are Frequent Polluters

Politico’s Morning Agriculture REPORT: MEAT-PROCESSING PLANTS ARE FREQUENT POLLUTERS: Three-quarters of meat-processing plants that discharge wastewater into rivers and streams were found to have violated thresholds in their pollution-control permits over the last two years, per a new report from the nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project. According to the analysis of EPA data, 74 out of…



Food & Power: Mexico’s Native Corn Varieties Threatened by New NAFTA

by Claire Kelloway | October 10, 2018 Last week, after the Trump administration struck a deal with Canada and Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, the White House declared victory for US farmers, who gained greater access to Canadian dairy, egg, poultry, and wheat markets. Unfortunately, the new deal called the United…



The Hill: ‘New NAFTA’ is full of old policies that wreaked havoc on American farmers

by David Muraskin | October 9, 2018 “This new deal is an especially great victory for our farmers,” President Trump said of the proposed amendments to NAFTA. His administration is rebranding the deal as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. But, no matter how hard he may try, the president can’t rebrand the actions and…



Organization for Competitive Markets: Latest Beef Recall Exposes Illusion of Choice

posted October 8, 2018 This past week, almost seven million pounds of JBS beef were recalled after 57 people in 16 states were sickened by Salmonella poisoning. No surprise here. Just last year, JBS was caught exporting rotten beef worldwide and trying to cover up the stench using cancer-causing acid products. The latest JBS tainted…