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USDA continues to purchase “pink slime” for school lunches

By David Knowles The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s continued purchase of so-called pink slime for school lunches makes no sense, according to two former microbiologists at the Food Safety Inspection Service. “I have a 2-year-old son,” microbiologist Gerald Zirnstein told The Daily. “And you better believe I don’t want him eating pink slime when he … Continue reading USDA continues to purchase “pink slime” for school lunches

Dow and Monsanto Set to Team Up to Reintroduce Agent Orange Pesticide in the MidWest

from http://earthfirstnews.wordpress.com/ Cross Posted from Op Ed News In a match that some would say was made in hell, the nation’s two leading producers of agro-chemicals have joined forces in a partnership to reintroduce the use of the herbicide 2, 4-D, one half of the infamous defoliant Agent Orange, which was used by American forces to clear jungle … Continue reading Dow and Monsanto Set to Team Up to Reintroduce Agent Orange Pesticide in the MidWest

Corporate soy production in Paraguay killing land, dispossessing indigenous

By Ignacio Cirio / Translated by Jim Rudolf Eight million hectares, half the surface area of Uruguay: That is the combined area that the government of Fernando Lugo is hoping to investigate, to determine if the lands are “ill-gotten,” whose title deeds could be forged or faked or simply seized from the times of the … Continue reading Corporate soy production in Paraguay killing land, dispossessing indigenous

Monsanto and Dow Chemical trying to bring Agent Orange ingredient back home to American fields

By Richard Schiffman, TruthOut In a match that some would say was made in hell, the nation’s two leading producers of agrochemicals have joined forces in a partnership to reintroduce the use of the herbicide 2,4-D, one half of the infamous defoliant Agent Orange, which was used by American forces to clear jungle during the … Continue reading Monsanto and Dow Chemical trying to bring Agent Orange ingredient back home to American fields

Strangely like war: Dayak people in Malaysia fighting palm oil companies for survival

The fate of a Dayak community deep in the interior of East Kalimantan demonstrates how Indonesia must safeguard the rights of indigenous people who practise a sustainable lifestyle if it is to meet ambitious targets to reduce emissions from deforestation, alleges an organisation that specialises in investigating environmental crimes. ... Continue reading →

France asks EU to halt authorization for genetically-modified Monsanto corn

By Reuters France asked the European Commission on Monday to suspend  authorization to plant Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) MON810 corn, the environment ministry said, as the country seeks to keep a ban on GM crops despite losing court rulings. France banned in 2008 the growing of MON810 corn, the only GM crop approved for planting … Continue reading France asks EU to halt authorization for genetically-modified Monsanto corn

Scientist develops “burger” from stem cells in laboratory; considers producing “panda meat”

By Ian Sample, The Guardian Lurking in a petri dish in a laboratory in the Netherlands is an unlikely contender for the future of food. The yellow-pink sliver the size of a corn plaster is the state-of-the-art in lab-grown meat, and a milestone on the path to the world’s first burger made from stem cells. … Continue reading Scientist develops “burger” from stem cells in laboratory; considers producing “panda meat”

Forcible removal of indigenous Ethiopians taking place for sake of sugar industry

By Dominic Brown The Lower Omo Valley in south-western Ethiopia is a vast and rugged region of mountains and valleys, inhabited largely by nomadic agro-pastoralist tribes numbering some 200,000 people. Many live a simple existence, living in straw thatched huts and have little contact with the outside world. But the Ethiopian government’s new found appetite … Continue reading Forcible removal of indigenous Ethiopians taking place for sake of sugar industry

Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning, rules French court

By Reuters A French court on Monday declared U.S. biotech giant Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning of a French farmer, a judgment that could lend weight to other health claims against pesticides. In the first such case heard in court in France, grain grower Paul Francois, 47, says he suffered neurological problems including memory loss, … Continue reading Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning, rules French court

Farmers speak out against GMOs

By Julia Moskin / The New York Times News Service Silent in flannel shirts and ponytails, farmers from Saskatchewan and South Dakota, Mississippi and Massachusetts lined the walls of a packed federal courtroom in Manhattan last week, as their lawyers told a judge that they were no longer able to keep genetically modified crops from their … Continue reading Farmers speak out against GMOs