IATP.org: Food Safety Foes? Digital Ledger Technology vs. Confidential Business Information

by Dr. Steve Suppan | June 11th, 2018 As of June 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stated that they could not determine the site-specific origins of the contamination by the E. coli (STEC) 0157 of romaine lettuce that began in late 2017. Consumer Reports…



U.S. News: Jurors Slap Pork Giant Smithfield With $25M for Nuisances

by EMERY P. DALESIO, AP Business Writer | June 29, 2018 A federal jury is punishing the world’s largest pork producer with a $25 million verdict after jurors decided that two neighbors of a hog farm suffered unreasonable nuisances from flies, buzzards and rumbling trucks tied to an industrial-scale hog grower. RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) —…



Common Dreams: The Coming Collapse

by Chris Hedges | May 21, 2018 It is impossible for any doomed population to grasp how fragile the decayed financial, social and political system is on the eve of implosion. The Trump administration did not rise, prima facie, like Venus on a half shell from the sea. Donald Trump is the result of a…



NBC News: Best advice to U.S. dairy farmers? ‘Sell out as fast as you can’

by Phil McCausland | Jun.30.2018 Small-dairy farmers are getting squeezed out by corporate agriculture. “That is not what America is about,” a struggling farmer said. SMITHFIELD, Ky. — All Curtis Coombs wanted was to raise cows and run his family’s dairy farm in this slice of Kentucky hill country, less than 35 miles from Louisville….



Major retailers jump into chicken price-fixing fray

Major retailers jump into chicken price-fixing fray By Tom Johnston on 7/2/2018 The Kroger Co., Hy-Vee Inc. and Albertsons Companies Inc. on Friday filed a lawsuit in federal court in Chicago accusing Tyson Foods Inc. and a long line of the nation’s largest chicken processors of price fixing, according to court documents. The supermarket giants’…



R-CALF USA Urges Origin Labels on Beef so Consumers Can Choose to Respond to Canada’s Retaliatory Tariffs

For Immediate Release: June 29, 2018 Billings, Mont. – Today, R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard issued the following statement regarding Canada’s announcement that it will impose retaliatory tariffs on about $12.6 billion of U.S. exports, including tariffs on U.S. prepared beef products. “Canada has enjoyed a huge trade surplus in the trade of cattle, beef,…



Food Tank: Opinion | 50 Groups Denounce Roundtable on Sustainable Beef as Greenwash

posted 06.2018 A coalition of 50 environmental, consumer, public health, justice, and animal welfare groups representing millions of constituents are slamming the United States Roundtable on Sustainable Beef’s new “sustainability” framework for beef production in a letter released today. Friends of the Earth is a lead organizer of the detailed letter that includes input from…



New Food Economy: Walmart’s new patents will allow it to track you in its stores—with or without your consent

by H. Claire Brown | June 25th, 2018 The company’s increasing ability to harness in-store data may be its most important competitive advantage over Amazon. Ten years ago, a wheel broke on a space rover exploring Mars. As the rover inched along, dragging its stiff wheel through the red dust that coats the planet, it…



CBS Money Watch: Farmers in America are killing themselves in staggering numbers

Howdy Friends, Today’s Money Watch article on rural suicides is below. If you know a family member, friend, neighbor or anyone in rural Nebraska that you think could use a helping hand and is in need of mental health counseling, financial assistance, bookkeeping help, food assistance, or legal assistance, there is a place for them…



Beef Producer: NAFTA study suggests US producers losing

by Alan Newport | May 01, 2018 Trade issues are hard to weigh, but USDA-ERS analysis showed a net loss to the US beef industry from NAFTA. I have been looking at the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for some time and several months back penned an analysis for BEEF’s website on whether the…