NOTE: According to the USDA, FDA, EPA press statement released late Friday (!), "Dow reported that in 2007 approximately 53,000 acres of the affected products were planted in the United States."
Although the contaminated corn seed has been grown since 2006 it was apparently never detected till January this year. The US Government was told about the problem on January 25th, and has taken nearly a month to come up with a response to tell the rest of us.
According to Dow, those tens of thousands of acres of contaminated corn all originated because pollen from some Read more
This article discusses the potential health risks of genetically engineered foods (GMOs). It draws on some previously used material because its importance bears repeating. It also cites three notable books and highlights one in particular - Jeffrey Smith's "Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods." Detailed information from the book is featured below.
Genetically engineered foods saturate our diet today. In the US alone, over 80% of all processed foods contain them. Others include grains like rice, corn and wheat; legumes like soybeans and Read more
MONTPELIER, Vt. - The Vermont House of Representatives gave overwhelming final approval Friday to a bill which sets up procedures for farmers to begin growing hemp. Its provisions, however, hinge on a policy reversal from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which has banned domestic hemp production since World War Two. Hemp is a biological cousin to marijuana, though it contains only trace amounts of the chemical THC responsible for marijuana's psychoactive effect. Hemp was widely harvested into the 1940s, and the U.S. government encouraged its cultivation.
There's a man in Florida who has been writing to me for years (ten pages, handwritten) though I've never met him. He tells me the kinds of jobs he has held-security guard, repairman, etc. He has worked all kinds of shifts, night and day, to barely keep his family going. His letters to me have always been angry, railing against our capitalist system for its failure to assure "life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness" for working people.
Just today, a letter came. To my relief it was not handwritten because he is now using e-mail: "Well, I'm writing to you today because there is a Read more
The Kingfield Farmers' Market, located on Nicollet Avenue at 43rd Street, is looking for someone enthusiastic and talented to run the Market. In its eighth season, the market provides local food, music, community events, and gathering space to the residents and friends of Kingfield Neighborhood every Sunday morning from June through mid-October.
Supported by event income, community grants, business sponsorship, and NRP funding, the market has continued to grow over the past eight years. The market has set for itself the goal of becoming independent of the Kingfield Neighborhood Read more
POTENTIALLY DEADLY E. COLI BACTERIA: has returned with a vengeance. More than 25 million pounds of beef believed to be tainted went to market in 2007, up from less than 200,000 pounds the year before.
Government regulators and beef industry officials have been scrambling to explain the increase in beef contamination. Among the theories: --rising oil prices have encouraged greater production of ethanol, which creates a corn byproduct that increasingly is being used as cattle feed. This feed appears to make the animals' digestive tracts even more Read more
Once, people laughed at the notion that fair trade could infiltrate the profit-hungry world of retail. Yet new figures from the Fairtrade Foundation will reveal tomorrow that UK consumers take the issue very seriously, spending half a billion pounds on Fairtrade-branded products last year.
However, the rush to fair trade is prompting questions about how "fair" it really is to small farmers in developing nations. The rate of sales growth rocketed during 2007, up 80 per cent on the previous year as companies from Sainsbury's to Virgin Atlantic stepped Read more
The veteran consumer rights advocate Ralph Nader has formally declared an independent run for the United States presidency, further complicating a contest that has become one of the most hard-fought - and hard to predict - in modern political history.
The decision by Mr Nader, 73, once more to throw his hat into the ring is unlikely to endear him to Democrats, many of whom still blame him for acting as a spoiler in 2000, siphoning votes away from Al Gore and in effect delivering the White House to George Bush. Mr Nader has rejected that charge, saying the victory of Mr Bush was Read more
Longyearbyen, Norway - An Arctic "doomsday vault" filled with samples of the world's most important seeds will be inaugurated in Norway today.
The vault aims to provide humankind with a Noah's Ark of food in the event of a global catastrophe.
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Nobel Peace Prize winning environmentalist Wangari Matai will be among the personalities present at the inauguration of the vault, which has been carved into the permafrost of a remote Arctic mountain, just 1000km from the North Pole.