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Brazil farmers say GMO crops no longer resistant to disease

Common Dreams - Brazilian farmers say their GMO corn is no longer resistant to pests, Reuters reported.

The Association of Soybean and Corn Producers of the Mato Grosso region said farmers first noticed in March that their genetically modified corn crops were less resistant to the destructive caterpillars that “Bt corn” — which has been genetically modified to produce a toxin that repels certain pests — is supposed to protect against. In turn, farmers have been forced to apply extra coats of insecticides, racking up additional environmental and financial costs.

The association, which goes by the name Aprosoja-MT, is calling on Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta, and Dow companies to offer solutions as well as compensate the farmers for their losses. In a release posted to the Aprosoja-MT website, spokesman Ricardo Tomcyzk said farmers spent the equivalent of $54 per hectare to spray extra pesticides, and that the biotech companies promised something they didn’t deliver, “i.e. deceptive advertising.”

China cracks down on GMO crops

Shanghai Daily - Chinese authorities have vowed zero tolerance and harsh punishment for rule-violating sales and growing of genetically modified crops days after a media exposure of GM rice on sale at a supermarket in central China.

“The ministry will punish any companies or individuals that ignore regulations to grow or sell GM grains,” the Ministry of Agriculture said n a statement. “There will be no tolerance for those violating practices.”

Beef production far more damaging to environment than other livestock

BBC - A new study suggests that the production of beef is around 10 times more damaging to the environment than any other form of livestock.

Scientists measured the environment inputs required to produce the main US sources of protein.

Beef cattle need 28 times more land and 11 times more irrigation water than pork, poultry, eggs or dairy.

The research has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

While it has long been known that beef has a greater environmental impact than other meats, the authors of this paper say theirs is is the first to quantify the scale in a comparative way.

Indoor farms can work

Tree Hugger - Converting what were formerly industrial buildings into indoor farming operations, especially in urban areas and locations that aren't conducive to year-round outdoor food production, could be an excellent reuse of existing resources (the buildings themselves, the infrastructure that supports them, and their locations in or near cities) to help build a more sustainable food system. And this sort of operation can be done in a way that's both highly efficient and productive, in essence turning our ideas about industrial-scale factory farming on their heads.

In Miyagi Prefecture, in eastern Japan, plant physiologist Shigeharu Shimamura is showing how it can be done inside a former Sony Corporation semiconductor factory, using special LED fixtures and hydroponics to grow massive amounts of food in an incredibly space- and water-efficient manner.

This plant factory is now the world's largest indoor farm lit by LEDs, and the 25,000 square feet operation is producing 10,000 heads of lettuce per day. Per day. Every day.

That's a staggering amount of food, considering we're not talking about an enormous plot of land, and because of the high-tech methods used by this indoor farm, crops can be grown 2 ½ times faster than outdoors, with just 1% of the water, and a loss rate of just 10% of the produce (which can be as much as 30-50% of the plant biomass in conventional operations).

Urban farming grows in Latin America

Christian Science Monitor - Many major cities in Latin America and the Caribbean are turning to urban farming to address the common problems that they face, such as urban poverty and food insecurity. According to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the urban population of Latin America and the Caribbean is now almost half a billion; the region is the most urban in the world. In 2009, representatives from Central American national governments, research institutes, and international organizations met to draft the Medellìn Declaration, which committed them to incorporate UPA, or urban and peri-urban agriculture (the latter refers to commercial farming that supplies a city’s food) to alleviate their cities’ problems.

Havana, Cuba, is making use of the technological developments that have arised from the use of UPA. “In Cuba, the biggest challenge was the shortage of inputs, especially seed, fertilizer, and pesticide,” said Graeme Thomas, author of the FAO report. “That has been overcome by a shift to fully organic production.” Havana is well known for their use of organoponics, a farming technology that uses organic substrates. The city, which previously struggled with food rationing and child malnutrition, now boasts 97 organoponic gardens. An estimated 90,000 households are now growing their own vegetables and raising small animals for consumption, and

In Mexico City, the implementation of UPA can restore farming to the city that has lost farmland to urban sprawl. Though current laws intend to protect city land as an ecological zone and regulate pesticide use, they are not often enforced. Pesticides are often not inspected and more than 850 informal settlements have been built on the protected land. The addition of UPA was pioneered by a collaboration of the SEDREC (the Secretariat for Rural Development and Equality for Communities), NGOs, and small groups such as neighborhood assemblies. SEDREC is encouraging UPA efforts by promoting greenhouse gardening on social housing estates. “It appears that the government and civil society organizations are moving in the same direction together,” said Thomas. Recommended: 10 fast foods that have disappeared

In Lima, Peru, farmland has been pushed away from the city and into areas with much less fertile soil, creating food shortages and longer distribution channels. The city also faces water scarcity and contamination-- this water is used to irrigate crops. Upon the implementation of UPA in Lima, two water treatment plants that will treat one hundred percent of the city’s wastewater will be built at the end of 2014. Lima can irrigate the green areas in and around the city by recycling wastewater; this will meet the agricultural need for water as well as increase crop production and to ensure food and water safety.

Finding the right diet


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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

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

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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