Browsing the "agriculture" Tag

Popular GMO Labeling Mandate Makes California Ballot

July 19th, 2012 | by Chris Keenan

The right of consumers to know whether the foods they eat have been genetically engineered is moving closer to being law. This November the California Right to Know Act will appear on the state ballot as Proposition 37. If passed the measure would be the first U.S. law that requires GMO foods to be labeled


Dr. Bronner’s Soap CEO Harvests Hemp in Front of White House

June 14th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

I have always adored Dr, Bronner's fantastic soap, but now I love it even more. The president of the thriving family owned company, David Bronner, locked himself in a metal cage in front of the White House this week, along with a dozen industrial hemp plants, to protest the Obama Administration's current regressive prohibition forbidding the domestic cultivation of hemp


Gulf Coast Deadzones: Environmentalists Sue the Toothless EPA

March 23rd, 2012 | by Brett Gustafson

Oceanic dead zones are in the news again this week, and the lifeless sea regions seem to be spreading. Several environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the EPA because of their stance on waterway contamination and their enforcement (or lack thereof) on pollution limits. Pollution is the major cause of oceanic dead zones, which are characterized by hypoxic (oxygen deficient) waterways that are uninhabitable to most living organisms


Ten Reasons Why the USDA Needs New Leadership

March 2nd, 2012 | by Brett Gustafson

Considering the growing list of problems erupting from destructive modern agriculture practices, it is clear that new leadership is desperately needed at our Department of Agriculture (USDA). Many of these problems have been issues for decades, and only superficial responses have been made by the


Food Stamp Usage Soars to Historic Record High

August 8th, 2011 | by Rhonda Winter

More people in the United States are using food stamps now than ever before in the history of our nation — 41.8 million Americans are currently getting food aid. The Department of Agriculture just released updated national participation numbers for food assistance programs, which show that the amount of food stamp recipients has jumped 18% from last year, and has increased 1.4% just since June. Although this ignoble new record is not really so very surprising; our nation's dire economic situation has caused the number of families in need of food assistance to set new records for each of the last 20 months straight


Vandana Shiva Accuses World Bank of Creating Global Food Crisis

August 16th, 2010 | by Rhonda Winter

Economist Dr. Vandana Shiva explains how the World Bank and the IMF are complicit in the food crises across the globe. Through the structure of their debt relief, these organizations pushed developing countries to stop growing staple foods, and to instead grow cash crops and commodities, like flowers and lettuce, for export to unstable international markets


Common but Lethal Soil Fungus Becoming Resistant to Antifungals

January 31st, 2010 | by Michael Ricciardi

A team of Dutch researchers (Verweij and Kema) , reporting in last December's edition of the medical journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases suggest that over-use of the farm fungicide may be contributing to the growing resistance of the Aspergillus fungus to the disease-fighting chemicals



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