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Obama sells out on food stamps

MSNBC - President Obama added his signature to legislation that will cut $8.7 billion in food stamp benefits over the next 10 years, causing 850,000 households to lose an average of $90 per month. ...The food stamp cuts are one component of a massive omnibus bill which also includes billions of dollars in crop insurance and various other programs and subsidies involving American agriculture. Before he signed the legislation, President Obama praised it as an example of bipartisan problem-solving that would help create jobs and move the American economy forward.

... When House Republicans originally argued for a food stamp cut of between $20.5 billion and $39 billion, the White House threatened to veto both of those proposals. During his Friday speech, the president did not say whether he was satisfied with the final $8.7 billion figure, or even mention the cuts at all. Instead, he praised the food stamp program and said that the final Farm Bill preserved much-needed benefits.

Organic food status

Popular Resistance - U.S. sales of certified organic products hit $35 billion in 2013. Given that the organic products industry has seen four decades of steady growth, at a rate of 10-15 percent, sales will likely hit $40 billion in 2014. This amounts to approximately 5 percent of all grocery store purchases, 10 percent of retail fruits and vegetables, and over 20 percent of baby food. Organic sales are increasing 10-15 percent annually, more than five times the anemic 2 percent growth rate of conventional (i.e. chemical) foods.

The latest poll shows that nearly half of U.S. households now prefer organics; that most consumers buy organic foods and products at least on an occasional basis; and that most would buy even more if they felt they could afford to do so.

When asked why they prefer organics, health conscious Americans consistently state that they want to avoid toxic pesticides, synthetic hormones, antibiotic residues, and GMOs.

Health-conscious consumers increasingly understand that the chemical and genetically engineered junk food (so-called “conventional” food) that typically makes up 80-90 percent of the U.S. diet is the primary cause of deteriorating public health and childhood disease. These foods have spawned an epidemic of obesity, diabetes, cancer, antibiotic-resistant infections, behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, autism, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease.

Organic foods on the other hand, especially raw fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy oils, and grass-fed, pastured meat and animal products, are recognized as safer, healthier and more sustainable

Gallup: 45% seek organic foods

This is the first year Gallup has asked about eating organic foods in the annual Consumption Habits survey. Forty-five percent actively try to include organic foods, putting such foods in the middle of the list of 12 others measured -- trailing fruits and vegetables by a wide margin, but well ahead of fat, soda, and sugar. The 38% who say they "don't think either way" about organic foods is higher than the percentage for any of the other food products.

In the U.S., inclusion of organic foods is highest in the West (54%) and lowest in the East (39%). Americans who report living in a big or small city are more likely to eat organic foods than those who describe their location as a town or rural area, 50% versus 37%, respectively, while those who live in suburban areas fall between these two groups.

More than half of 18- to 29-year-old Americans actively try to include organic foods in their diets, compared with one-third of Americans who are 65 and older.

Household income is a factor in food choices, with almost half of upper-income Americans actively including organic foods, compared with 42% of lower-income Americans. Almost a quarter of lower-income Americans, however, actively avoid organic foods, while among upper-income Americans it is closer to one in 10. This could be a reaction to cost, as organic foods typically cost 20% to 100% more than non-organic foods. So lower-income Americans could be actively avoiding organic foods because they are trying to save money on food purchases, rather than avoiding them because of health reasons or dietary preferences.

Fish & Wildlife Service to phase out use of genetically modified crops

Beef production far more damaging to environment than other livestock

Indoor farms can work

Finding the right diet


VIA DAN HOLLINGSWORTH

Climate putting corn in trouble

Good news on the cheese front

Obama's war on cheese

Farm to prison table

Food prices driving global unrest

Appeals court okays labelling meat by country of origin

The rise of food gentrification

Study: Pesticides hurting French sperm

How dirt can be healthy

2013

Consumer Reports finds 97% of chicken breasts contaminated

Connecticut becomes first state to require lableling of GMO food

A bag to cook in

Interest growing in micro gardening

Foods sold in America that are banned in other countries

Oregon banning some pesticides

America's war on aspargus farmers

Food practices banned in Europe but just fine here

Aging farmers dramatically changing the ecoomics of farmland

FDA war on manure threatens America's small farms

America's war on aspargus farmers

Farmers want government to suspend ethanol gas requirement

State by state review of war on factory farming whistleblowers
 
Eden Foods: Organic food, anti-women politics

Unsustainable agruculture growth biggest threat to biodiversity

Why is lettuce so complicated?

Rampant seafood fraud found

Chain Restaurants Boost Sales With Lower-Calorie Foods

Pressure to end corn ethanol mandate

Corporate takover of urban farming?

Burger King in UK admits using horse meat

Whole Foods faces backlash over CEO's attack on Obamacare

Local food
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States that best support local food

Food stats
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American farmland decreasing at rapid rate

Sales of organically farmed food jumped nearly 84% in 2012 from 2007

In 2012, the average age of principal farm operators was 58.3, up 1.2 years since 2007, with 257,697 farmers 75 or older in 2012, compared to 243,472 in 2007, according to a preliminary report from the Department of Agriculture's Census of Agriculture, taken every five years. The number of principal farm operators 65 to 74 rose from 412,182 to 443,558, and from 55 to 64 from 596,306 to 608,060, while numbers of those 45-54 dropped by nearly 100,000, and those 35-44 by more than 50,000, continuing a 30-year trend of aging farmers.

2013

Harvard study says 25,000 Americans may die because of sodas and sugary drinks

Study Finds 80% of All Antibiotics in US Used for Big-Ag

2012

Number of farmers' markets more than quadruple since 1994

Corn prices at record high

Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that meat eating across the country fell from the 2004 high point of 184 pounds per person to 171 pounds in 2011. Early estimates for 2012 project a further reduction in American meat eating to 166 pounds, making for a 10 percent drop over the eight-year period.- Earth Policy Institute

2011

A Vanity Fair poll finds that 73% of conservatives and 75% of liberals either make buying local food a priority or do it when it is convenient. Another issue that the media ignores, but people find important. We suspect the results would be even better if local food was idenitified better.

Genetically modified crops
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A history of Monsanto

2014

Brazil farmers say GMO crops no longer resistant to disease

China cracks down on GMO crops

If GMO products are so safe and good, why are four organizations suing Vermont to prevent labelling food as having GMO ingredients?

Oregon moving to map GMO cropland

Chances are your vegatable oil is genetically modified

Two largest grocery chains won't sell GMO salmon

French government bans GMO corn

Worms now eat corn genetically modified to poison them

Study: the prevalence of Roundup herbicide

Chinese don't like Monsanto

Some farmers turning away from GMO crops

2013

The Supreme Court's Monsanto ruling

Girl Scouts take on GMO cookies

Major food producers pulling out of GMOs - but only in Europe

Europe wins against Monsanto

Monsanto's ties to Blackwater

Monsanto sprays own workers

Pigs eating only GM grain have higher stomach inflammation

Monsanto gives up on Europe

16 Of the 22 Monsanto lobbyists have held government jobs, including the current FDA chief of foods

The Monsanto "We increase food" myth

Things to do about Monsanto

Food brands using Monsanto seeds

Monsanto trying to stop states from requiring labelling

Obama signs Monsanto protection act

Study: Roundup linked to major health problems

Some grocery stores join fight against GM food

How Monsanto is ripping off farmers

2012

Poland Bans Genetically Modified Corn, Potatoes

Monsanto Gets Its Way in Ag Bill

DOJ Mysteriously Quits Monsanto Antitrust Investigation

Kenya bans Imports of GM Food

Peru bans GMO ingredients

30 states consider GMO labelling issue

Study: GMO crops increase pesticide use

California voters strongly support labelling GMO food

An analysis of the GMO/rat controversy

Some scientists question GMO rat study

New study zaps Monsanto GM corn

France to maintain ban on genetically modified crops

French court finds Monsanto guilty in chemical poisoning case

Wikileaks: US diplomats shilled for Monsanto & Dupont to push GM crops

INDIA DELAYS INTRODUCTION OF GM FOOD DUE TO SAFETY CONCERNS

SAFETY OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS

GMO PRODUCERS PROHIBIT RESEARCH ON THEIR PLANTS

MONSANTO GOES AFTER FARMERS FOR ACTING LIKE FARMERS

Food stamps
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What food stamps have really done

Cutting food stamps is not only cruel, it will cost more money

Food stamps reduce extreme poverty

Urban farming
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2014

Urban farming grows in Latin America

How urban gardens can be better than many real fields

The rise of vertical farming

The world's largest roof top farm

All about vertical farming

2013

Urban farm ideas from NYC

Urban agriculture spreading

Urban agriculture in Los Angeles

Hidden benefits of community gardens

Problems with vertical farming

Three examples of urban agriculture

First vertical farm opens in Singapore

2012

URBAN FARMING GROWS INTO A BUSINESS

Organic food
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2014

Sales of organically farmed food jumped nearly 84% in 2012 from 2007

Creative organic gardens around the world

Is the Agriculture Department this scared of organic farmers?

Organic farms growing fast

2013

Organic food shortage

Largest wholesale distributor of organic and natural food under invesigation for violation of labor laws

Organic farming growing worldwide

2012

The part of the organic food study that the media ignored

BRITISH STUDY OF ORGANIC FOOD COMES UNDER FIRE

BRITISH GOVERNMENT STUDY FINDS ORGANIC ITEMS NO BETTER THAN ORDINARY FOOD

ORGANIC FARMLAND UP 118% SINCE 2000

2012...

Global crop production stagnating in some areas

Study links pesticides used by sheep farmers to long-term brain damage

Idea Mill: Bread that can stay fresh for 60 days

Food Bank Stocks Dry Up in Wake of Great Drought

Orlando backs off of anti-front yard gardening rule

The economics of your Thanksgiving dinner

Global land seized could feed nearly a billion people

UN warns of major hunger crisis next year

Kids and food

Man wins $7 million in popcorn case

Alaskan King salmon are disappearing

Burger King to go cage free for pork and eggs

FDA rules "high fructose corn syrup" can't change its name to "corn sugar"

Super weeds threasten food production

Bill Gates knows as little about farming as he does about education

Iowa beats Canada in grain production, challenges China in soybeans

HOW COUNTRIES LOSE CONTROL OF THEIR FOOD

USDA Testing Finds 34 Unapproved Pesticides on Cilantro

One bad harvest away from chaos

RUSSIA BANS GRAIN EXPORTS

LEAD FOUND IN KIDS DRINKS AND SNACKS

CONSERVATION SAVING NORTH SEA COD

GRAIN FOR U.S. ETHANOL COULD FEED 300 MILLION FOR A YEAR

AMERICANS WASTE 40% OF THEIR FOOD

PLASTIC BECOMES FARM PROBLEM

PEAK FOOD FOLLOWS PEAK OIL

EVEN BEER THREATENED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

RICHER COUNTRIES RIPPING OFF POOR NATION'S FARMLAND

BILLION TO GO HUNGRY in 2010

GETTING THE POOR INTO COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE

FOOD SHORTAGES THREATEN TO BRING DOWN COUNTRIES

SUPER WEED THREATENS SOUTHERN CROPLAND

SOUTH AFRICAN FARMERS LOSE MILLIONS AS GM CORN CROP FAILS TO PRODUCE SEEDS

ENERGY SECRETARY CHU WARNS CALIFORNIA OF AGRI-CRISIS

SEEDING NEW GROCERY STORES

FDA APPROVES IRRADIATION OF LETTUCE & SPINACH

STUDY: HALF OF ALL FOOD IS WASTED

WORLD LEADERS DISCUSS GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS OVER GOURMET MEALS

AID GROUP SAYS IT WILL HAVE TO CUT FOOD TO 1.5 MILLION PEOPLE

ECOLOGY CONCERNS DRAW ATTENTION TO FOOD SHIPPING TRADITIONS

AGRIBUSINESS MAKING HUGE PROFITS OUT OF FOOD CRISIS

HUNGER CAUSES RISING ANGER AROUND THE WORLD

FOOD DISTANCE NOT AS BIG A FACTOR AS THOUGHT

BRITISH STUDY SAYS FOOD ADDITIVES HURT CHILDREN'S INTELLIGENCE

BIOFUELS FUEL FOOD GLOBAL FOOD DISASTER

HUGE FOOD SHORTAGE IN MUCH OF WORLD

FUEL AND LOCAL FOOD: SOME FACTS

MIDWEST AGRICULTURE BIG CONTRIBUTOR TO GULF DEAD ZONE

RISING CARBON DIOXIDE MAY HURT NUTRITION IN MAJOR CROPS

THE EARTH'S DISAPPEARING TOPSOIL

STUDY FINDS SOY CUTS SPERM COUNT

WASTED FOOD A BIG ECOLOGICAL NEGATIVE

 

Myths about genetic engineeering

Food stamps

Genetically modified food

Local food

Organic food

Statistics

Urban farming

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