Archive for September, 2015

Private Water and Fracking, a Dubious Duo

Private Water and Fracking, a Dubious Duo

| September 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Hugh MacMillan Last week, I got to be a fly on the wall at Shale Insight 2015 in Philadelphia, the annual conference of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, which includes companies working at all stages of gas drilling, fracking, processing and distribution As you can imagine, I heard some concerning things I while there, but […]

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The Heavy Price Tag of GMO Contamination

The Heavy Price Tag of GMO Contamination

| September 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Genna Reed  Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its newest data on the organic sector, featuring results from a survey of organic farmers conducted earlier this year. The survey results confirm what organic farmers have been saying in recent years – while overall organic sales went up, the number of organic farms […]

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The Conflict of Interest Culture Among GMO Advocates

The Conflict of Interest Culture Among GMO Advocates

| September 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Tim Schwab The New York Times recently weighed in on the scandal involving University of Florida professor Kevin Folta, a leading GMO advocate whose passionate declarations about his absolute independence from the biotech industry were revealed to be false. Documents turned up a few weeks ago showing that Folta has received tens of thousands of dollars […]

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Ravenous #Foodopoly Threatens to Gobble Niman Ranch

Ravenous #Foodopoly Threatens to Gobble Niman Ranch

| September 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Kate Fried The name Niman Ranch is well known among socially conscious diners for its sustainable practices. The company’s website describes its products as All-Natural Meats Raised by Small Family Farmers Committed to Sustainable & Humane Practices. It’s a comforting brand identity for many foodies hoping to avoid buying meat produced in the industrialized, […]

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Mother Jones’ Un-Watchdog-like Review of Irradiation

Mother Jones’ Un-Watchdog-like Review of Irradiation

| September 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch By Wenonah Hauter I admire Mother Jones for its reputation of a century of critical watchdog reporting. So I was a little perplexed to see a column uncritically praising irradiation. What’s worse, the column included some serious misstatements about the known issues plaguing the technology that has […]

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Monsanto Turns Its Attention to the Produce Aisle

Monsanto Turns Its Attention to the Produce Aisle

| September 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Genna Reed Taxpayer-funded research should benefit the public, right? Sadly, that often isn’t the case when it comes to seeds. With a majority of the world’s seeds now owned by very few companies, it’s even more disturbing that publicly funded research on non-genetically engineered hybrids is resulting not in new varieties that are available […]

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Is FSIS Rewarding Past Bad Actors With Less Oversight?

Is FSIS Rewarding Past Bad Actors With Less Oversight?

| September 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Tony Corbo Tony Corbo, Senior Food Lobbyist We are about to enter a new and critical phase in the implementation of the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS). NPIS will reduce the number of USDA inspectors in poultry slaughter facilities by removing most of them from the slaughter lines, turning their responsibilities over to company […]

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