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News:  Organic Consumers has a petition to label GMOs

News: Organic Consumers has a petition to label GMOs

Garden Snob Wed Jun 8 2011, 7:29am ET Byline: Marilyn Renaker Getting everyone you meet to join the Millions Against Monsanto (NYSE:MON) campaign should be easy - upwards of 90% of the public already agrees that foods made with genetically modified organisms should be labeled - but if you need some ammunition and inspiration to inspire you to spread the word, look no further than these 10 scary reasons [Read More...]
News: Pfizer Suspends Sales of Chicken Drug With Arsenic

News: Pfizer Suspends Sales of Chicken Drug With Arsenic

The New York Times Thu Jun 9 2011 Byline: GARDINER HARRIS and DENISE GRADY; William Neuman contributed reporting. WASHINGTON — Farmers have for decades fed chickens an arsenic- containing drug that promotes growth, but after a government study found trace amounts of this poisonous carcinogen in chickens, its maker will suspend its sales. Officials at the Food and Drug Administration said the amounts found were [Read More...]

Books: Locally grown Ontario food delicious highlight of spectacular cookbook

Canadian Press Tue Jun 14 2011 Byline: BY JUDY CREIGHTON In every region of Canada, enjoying the abundance of our locally grown food has become extremely popular. Whether it’s wild salmon from British Columbia, prize beef, grains and pulses from the western provinces, maple syrup from Quebec or lobster and fiddleheads from Atlantic Canada, this country is defining itself through its own homegrown products. [Read More...]
News: Talking challenges for local food

News: Talking challenges for local food

The Post (Hanover) Thu Jun 23 2011 Byline: BY SKYLER RADOJKOVIC CHESLEY -At a recent event held in Chesley, producers of local foods described their livelihoods and discussed the challenges they face from government regulations and market forces. “These regulations assume that people are stupid,” said Tarrah Young of Green Being Farm, near Neustadt. The event was titled “Stepping Up to the Plate: [Read More...]
Feeding the world; The solution to world hunger is cost-effective classical crop-breeding techniques, not genetic engineering

Feeding the world; The solution to world hunger is cost-effective classical crop-breeding techniques, not genetic engineering

Waterloo Region Record Wed Jun 22 2011 Byline: Margaret Mellon and Doug Gurian-Sherman Source: McClatchy-Tribune By 2050, the world will have to feed nine billion people, adapt to climate change, reduce agricultural pollution, and protect fresh water supplies - all at the same time. Given that formidable challenge, what are the quickest, most cost-effective ways to develop more productive, drought-, flood- and [Read More...]
News: Rising food prices, food safety concerns keep US gardening boom going

News: Rising food prices, food safety concerns keep US gardening boom going

Canadian Press Tue Jun 21 2011 Byline: BY LISA RATHKE MONTPELIER, Vt. _ Many of the millions of Americans who turned to gardening to save money during the recession appear to be sticking with it during the recovery as food prices remain high and interest in safe, fresh and local food grows nationwide. Forty-three million U.S. households planned to grow at least some of their own food in 2009, a 19 per cent increase [Read More...]
News: Messing with nature.

News: Messing with nature.

By John Miner London Free Press June 21, 2011, 9:57pm FOOD FIGHT: Genetically modified with material from a mouse, Enviropig could be headed for a dinner plate near you. Supporters argue genetically engineered food is the best way to feed the planet’s growing population. Nonsense, opponents counter. It sounds like a plot for some weird science fiction flick, cooked up by an overly lubricated campus film club. Take [Read More...]
News: Grocers mislabel foreign produce as local

News: Grocers mislabel foreign produce as local

CBC.CA News Tue Apr 26 2011 A major western Canadian grocery chain has been selling produce advertised as “B.C. Grown” that came from the United States or elsewhere, CBC News has found. Several examples were discovered in two Save-On-Foods locations in the Vancouver area, as well as at other stores. “It’s annoying, it’s very annoying,” said Linda Delli Santi, executive director [Read More...]
News: Chemicals in Farm Runoff Rattle States on the Mississippi

News: Chemicals in Farm Runoff Rattle States on the Mississippi

The New York Times Fri Jun 3 2011 Byline: LESLIE KAUFMAN As the surging waters of the Mississippi pass downstream, they leave behind flooded towns and inundated lives and carry forward a brew of farm chemicals and waste that this year — given record flooding — is expected to result in the largest dead zone ever in the Gulf of Mexico. Dead zones have been occurring in the gulf since the 1970s, and studies [Read More...]
News: E. coli: Economic impact on the agriculture industry

News: E. coli: Economic impact on the agriculture industry

By Richard Anderson Business reporter, BBC News Angry demonstrations in Spain provide ample evidence of the dramatic impact of the E. coli outbreak on the livelihoods of farmers. Tens of thousands of kilos of fresh fruit and vegetables in the country are being destroyed as consumers across Europe and beyond shun these staples for fear of contracting the potentially deadly bacteria. There are no official figures, but producers’ [Read More...]
Editorial: Hiding the Truth About Factory Farms

Editorial: Hiding the Truth About Factory Farms

The New York Times Wed Apr 27 2011 A supermarket shopper buying hamburger, eggs or milk has every reason, and every right, to wonder how they were produced. The answer, in industrial agriculture, is “behind closed doors,” and that’s how the industry wants to keep it. In at least three states — Iowa, Florida, and Minnesota — legislation is moving ahead that would make undercover investigations [Read More...]
News:Canada fleabane glyphosate resistance confirmed

News:Canada fleabane glyphosate resistance confirmed

Better Farming.com May 3, 2011 Wind-borne seeds more likely to spread quickly than giant ragweed First came glyphosate resistant giant ragweed. Now Ontario’s farmers will have to prepare for the reality of dealing with glyphosate resistant Canada fleabane. On Tuesday, Monsanto announced that the weed with the small white and yellow flowers, also known as marestail or horseweed, is the second weed in Ontario [Read More...]
News: Feces in imported food a concern: U.S. scientists

News: Feces in imported food a concern: U.S. scientists

Postmedia News Mon May 23 2011 Byline: Derek Abma Importing food from less developed countries increasingly leads to people literally eating more crap, according to scientists in the United States. Michael Doyle, a microbiologist with the University of Georgia, was to address that topic Monday while making the keynote address at the general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in New Orleans. Doyle and [Read More...]
News:Organic farmer has some new ideas

News:Organic farmer has some new ideas

Northumberland Today.com Fri May 13 2011 Byline: TED AMSDEN NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY GARDENHILL — Deana Huntbarger’s food stand at the Port Hope Farmer’s Market stands out. Unlike traditional farmer presentations with lots of raw food in ready containers and rough scripts on mason jars, there’s a muted, but balanced note to her display. It sets her apart from the competition. Maybe it’s her [Read More...]
News: Industry, activists tangle on pesticide data

News: Industry, activists tangle on pesticide data

The Washington Post Mon May 16 2011 Byline: Lyndsey Layton Every year for two decades, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued an annual report on the amount of pesticide residue it detects from samples of fresh fruits and vegetables around the country. The Environmental Protection Agency uses the data to monitor exposure to pesticides and enforce federal standards designed to protect infants, children and other [Read More...]
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