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USDA whistleblower reports 70% of US ground beef contains “pink slime”

By Stephen C. Webster / The Raw Story A former U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist has come forward with a startling tale of how a substance known as “pink slime” has been embedded in about 70 percent of ground beef sold in the U.S. — a topic ABC News investigated for a segment Wednesday night. … Continue reading USDA whistleblower reports 70% of US ground beef contains “pink slime”

USDA study finds that prairie restoration improves groundwater quality

By Ann Perry U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are studying the overall improvement in water quality when native prairie vegetation is restored to fields once cropped with corn and soybeans. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Ames, Iowa, were part of a team that examined changes in groundwater during prairie establishment at the Neal … Continue reading USDA study finds that prairie restoration improves groundwater quality

“Big Conservation” organizations using public reputations to sell out forests

Imagine an international mega-deal. The global organic food industry agrees to support international agribusiness in clearing as much tropical rainforest as they want for farming. In return, agribusiness agrees to farm the now-deforested land using organic methods, and the organic industry encourages its supporters to buy the resulting timber and food under the newly devised … Continue reading “Big Conservation” organizations using public reputations to sell out forests

Iowa government mobilizes to shield factory farms from scrutiny

By Tom Philpott On Friday, Iowa governor Terry Branstad signed a bill that will make it much more difficult for animal-welfare advocates to sneak cameras into Iowa’s factory livestock farms. The bill’s fate is being watched nationwide, because Iowa’s factory farms grow more hogs and keep more egg-laying hens than those of any other state. … Continue reading Iowa government mobilizes to shield factory farms from scrutiny

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