Legislation Would Phase Out Non-therapeutic Use of Antibiotics for Farm Animals

From: “The Humane Society of the United States” <awest@humanesociety.org>
Date: June 27, 2013 3:42:09 PM EDT
Subject: [COMFOOD: ] Sen. Feinstein Introduces Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act
Reply-To: “The Humane Society of the United States” <awest@humanesociety.org>
                                                                                                                                   
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sen. Feinstein and Bipartisan Cosponsors Introduce
Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act
Legislation Would Phase Out Non-therapeutic Use of Antibiotics for Farm Animals
WASHINGTON (June 27, 2013) – To preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics for treating sick people and animals, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has introduced the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act, which would phase out the routine non-therapeutic use of these drugs in farm animals. With antibiotics routinely laced into the feed and water to promote growth and to keep animals alive in unhealthy and inhumane conditions on industrial factory farms, animal agriculture accounts for more than 70 percent of total sales of medically important antibiotics in the United States.
Sen. Feinstein was joined by a bipartisan group of cosponsors – Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Jack Reed, D-R.I., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association praised the legislators for their action.
Michael Blackwell, DVM, MPH, an HSVMA Leadership Council member and former deputy director for the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, said: “We commend Senator Feinstein and the cosponsors of this important legislation for working to rein in the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture. We cannot afford to continue the reckless practices that jeopardize the viability of these precious tools for human and animal health.”
More than 450 organizations representing agricultural, health, environmental, animal protection, hunger, labor, religious and other concerns endorse federal legislation to phase out the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture. Additionally, 125 individual veterinary professionals have signed a petition sponsored by the HSVMA, which reads:
“We, the undersigned licensed veterinary professionals, support…federal legislation that would phase out the routine non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in farm animals. Antibiotic overuse is a common practice in animal agriculture to compensate for overcrowded, stressful and unsanitary conditions on factory farms. Profligate use of these drugs threatens to ruin the effectiveness of antibiotics for treating sick animals and people. As medical professionals, we support efforts to restrict such non-judicious uses of antibiotics in order to protect animal and human health.”
In March, Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., introduced similar legislation in the House, the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA), H.R. 1150.
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From Wellcome

New post on Wellcome Collection blog

Ladybirds: friends or foe?

by Danny Birchall

 

 

Ladybirds: good for pest control, or pests themselves? As our Who’s the Pest? season draws to a close, Emma Rhule takes a closer look at our relationship with these tiny flying beetles.

Bright, colourful and hearty eaters of aphids (the sticky little flies that infest everything from cabbages to roses), ladybirds have long been the gardener’s friend. Gardeners and farmers will go to great lengths to encourage more ladybirds onto their patch. One way you can entice ladybirds into your garden is to plant wildflowers – they are particularly fond of marigold and nettles. And, if all else fails, the eggs and larvae can be bought online.

There is a long history of introducing exotic ladybirds to help control agricultural pests. The Vedalia ladybird, Rodolia cardinalis, which was originally from Australia, is credited with saving the Californian citrus industry in the late 1880s. It was the start of the biological control industry that controls pest species using other organisms.

Following in this tradition, the harlequin ladybird, Harmonia axyridis, was released across the USA and Europe to help combat aphid infestations. Originally from Asia, the voracious appetite of this beetle makes it an extremely successful control agent. A single adult can eat more than 200 aphids a day, and a developing larva can consume upwards of 1000 aphids. Their use allows farmers to reduce the amount of insecticides they need on their crops which should, in turn, allow other beneficial insects to flourish.

The very hungry ladybird

Unfortunately, the harlequin’s insatiable appetite is not limited to aphids: the larvae are particularly indiscriminate. They will eat almost anything they encounter – including other aphid eaters such as hoverflies and lacewings, as well as caterpillars. They will also eat the eggs and larvae of other ladybirds, and their cannibalistic tendencies even extend to their own siblings. To make matters worse, there is little that eats the harlequin. Like our native ladybirds, their bright colours advertise the toxins present in their blood. These chemicals make ladybirds taste foul and can be deadly to imprudent would-be predators.

In 2004, the first British harlequin was spotted in the car park of a country pub in Essex called The White Lion. Never intentionally introduced, researchers suspect the early arrivals that reached the UK were a combination of hardy pioneers flying across the Channel and sneaky stowaways in imported goods. Since then, they have spread across the UK and been reported as far north as the Shetland Islands.

Since arriving, the harlequin’s wide-ranging diet has had serious implications for British ladybirds. The once familiar two-spot ladybird has been particularly hard hit, losing out to the larger, hungrier competitor with which it now shares its habitat. The wider ecosystem is affected, too – particularly the predators, parasites and pathogens that rely on these native species for their own existence.

And humans do not escape unscathed. Over the past few years, come October and November, you may have seen harlequins in your house. In the winter, our native species mostly hibernate outside in dead leaves or in the crevices of tree trunks, sheltered from the cold and rain. In their native Asia, harlequins normally use rocks and cliffs. In the relatively flat UK, houses must seem like a good alternative. Once the central heating comes on, though, the beetles warm up and start flying around. They may be hungry and take a nibble. A little nip is usually not a problem, but some people can experience an allergic reaction. If they are feeling threatened, the natural response of all ladybirds is to leak a small amount of foul-smelling yellow blood from their knees, which can stain curtains and sofas.

Fighting back

So what can we do? It would be impossible to capture and kill all the harlequin ladybirds in the country. In fact, the Harlequin Ladybird Survey, which has been monitoring the spread of the ladybird since its arrival, strongly discourages this because there is a real risk of misidentification. The harlequin was the focus of my PhD research: one of my jobs involved opening letters containing live ladybirds, sent to us by members of the public for identification. These days, photos can be uploaded with records of sightings allowing researchers to verify exactly which species has been found, saving us from climbing onto tables to recapture escapee beetles crawling across the ceiling.

When the harlequin was taken from its native environment, researchers made sure that any released into the wild were free of parasites. As such, many of the natural checks and balances that would have kept the numbers of individuals under control were removed. Nothing in the new environment would have been immediately able to fill the gap, allowing populations to flourish. One hope is that the parasites and pathogens that exploit our native ladybirds will start to adapt to the newcomer. Nearly ten years on, there is some evidence that this is starting to happen.

But how long can we wait when the problems are already apparent? My research looked at whether a sexually transmitted parasite found on European ladybirds,including the harlequin, could help. The blood-sucking parasite can be thought of as a form of ladybird birth control. When females are infected with adult parasites, they still lay eggs, but these do not hatch – the ladybird is effectively sterile. If the parasites die, within a couple of days any eggs laid will hatch. Of course, I am aware of the irony of my work – could we, and should we, introduce yet another species to help control an exotic beetle that was itself introduced to fight an insect pest? Could the parasite become the next problem in town?

After five years, I came to the conclusion that we still didn’t know enough to justify taking that risk. Increasingly aware of what can go wrong when we tinker with ecosystems, we are much more cautious than we used to be, and rightly so. From grey squirrels to cane toadsknotweed to ladybirds, there are lots of examples of the unintended side-effects of our actions. So, who is really the pest? Those species that arrive in a new place and wreak havoc, or the species that put them there?

Emma Rhule is a graduate trainee at the Wellcome Trust. Play our Who’s the Pest gameonline.

Danny Birchall | 20 May, 2013 at 10:00 am | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/pJJ77-N6

Customers and Other Supporters to Attend Court with Farmer

 

 

URL link for this release: http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/news_wp/?p=8172

Contact: Liz Reitzig, Co-founder, Farm Food Freedom Coalition

301-807-5063, lizreitzig@gmail.com

Pete Kennedy, President, Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, 703-208-3276, info@farmtoconsumer.org

 

Farmer Faces Jail for Feeding Community: 

Customers and Other Supporters to Attend Court with Farmer

 Baraboo, WI—May 8, 2013–GlobeNewswire–Food rights activists from around North America will meet at the Sauk County Courthouse in this tiny town on May 20 to support Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger and food sovereignty. Hershberger, whose trial begins that day, is charged with four criminal misdemeanors that could land this husband and father in county jail for up to 30 months with fines of over $10,000.

The Wisconsin Department of Agricultural Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) targeted Hershberger for supplying a private buying club with fresh milk and other farm products.

DATCP has charged Hershberger with, among other things, operating a retail food establishment without a license. Hershberger repeatedly rejects this, citing that he provides foods only to paid members in a private buying club and is not subject to state food regulations. “There is more at stake here than just a farmer and his few customers,” says Hershberger, “this is about the fundamental right of farmers and consumers to engage in peaceful, private, mutually consenting agreements for food, without additional oversight.”

A little more than a year ago, food rights activists from around the country stood in support of Hershberger at a pre-trial hearing.  They read and signed a “Declaration of Food Independence” that asserts inherent rights in food choice. This month after the trial each day, many of the same food rights activists plus others will gather at the Al Ringling Theater across the street from the courthouse and hear presentations by leaders in the food rights movement. Notable speakers include Virginia farmer Joel Salatin, Mountain Man show star Eustace Conway, and food rights organizer from Maine, Deborah Evans.

Hershberger, and other farmers around the country, are facing state or federal charges against them for providing fresh foods to wanting individuals. In recent months the FDA has conducted several long undercover sting operations and raids against peaceful farmers and buying clubs that have resulted in farms shutting down and consumers without access to the food they depend on.

Information about farm raids: http://www.FarmFoodFreedom.org

For additional information on raw milk: http://www.westonaprice.org

URL for Event:  http://www.farmfoodfreedom.org/event/vernon-hershberger-trial

Wake up, WORLD!

By  NYTIMES
Published: April 6, 2013

Every beekeeper, small or large, hobbyist or commercial, knows that honeybees are in trouble. Over the past decade, bee colonies have been dying in increasing numbers. Last year was especially bad. Perhaps as many as half the hives kept by commercial beekeepers died in 2012. The loss has created a crisis among fruit and vegetable growers, who depend on bees to pollinate their crops.

Last year, researchers identified a virus as a major cause of the die-off; the latest suspect is a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids, which are used to protect common agricultural seeds, including corn. The insecticides are systemic, which means they persist throughout the life of the plant. Scientists have demonstrated that exposure to these chemicals damages bees’ brain function, including their ability to home in on the hive.

In mid-March, environmental groups and beekeepers sued the Environmental Protection Agency to persuade it to withdraw its approval of two of the most widely used neonicotinoids. The manufacturers of these chemicals — notably Syngenta and Bayer CropScience — have claimed again and again that they are safe. And it is true that bees face other stresses. Even so, beekeepers managed to keep their hives relatively healthy before the increased use of neonicotinoids began in 2005.

Bees are essential to modern agriculture. There is no replacing them, no substitute of any meaningful kind. The E.P.A. has sent a team to central California — where more than 1.6 million hives are needed every spring — for “discussions.” That is not remotely good enough. The agency must conduct an immediate analysis of neonicotinoids. The manufacturers’ bland assurances seem empty in the face of this long-term die-off of these beneficial creatures.

Listen UP

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

 

From Saccharin to GE Seed, Report Profiles Monsanto’s History Peddling Chemicals for Food, Agriculture, War

 

SAN FRANCISCO—From its beginnings as a small chemical company in 1901, Monsanto has grown into the largest biotechnology seed company in the world with net sales of $11.8 billion, 404 facilities in 66 countries across six continents and products grown on over 282 million acres worldwide. Today, the consumer advocacy nonprofit Food & Water Watch released its report, Monsanto: A Corporate Profile.  

“There is a growing movement of people around the country who want to take on Monsanto’s undue influence over lawmakers, regulators and the food supply,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch and author of the book Foodopoly. “People need to know about Monsanto’s history as a heavy industrial chemical manufacturer; a reality at odds with the environmentally friendly, feed-the-world image that the company spends millions trying to convey.”

“At the end of March, the American public saw first hand the unjustifiable power that Monsanto holds over our elected officials when an unprecedented rider, dubbed the ‘Monsanto Protection Act,’ was tacked onto the spending bill to fund the federal government,” said Dave Murphy, founder and executive director of Food Democracy Now! “This is an outrageous interference with our courts and separation of powers and we cannot sit back and allow our elected officials to continue to take orders from Monsanto at the expense of family farmers and consumers.” 

The report offers a timeline of milestones in the company’s history including chemical disasters, mergers and acquisitions, and the first genetically modified plant cell.

“Despite its various marketing incarnations over the years, Monsanto is a chemical company that got its start selling saccharin to Coca-Cola, then Agent Orange to the U.S. military, and, in recent years, seeds genetically engineered to contain and withstand massive amounts of Monsanto herbicides and pesticides,” said Ronnie Cummins, executive director of Organic Consumers Association. “Monsanto has become synonymous with the corporatization and industrialization of our food supply.”

The report concludes with recommended actions for the federal government to take to temper Monsanto’s anticompetitive practices and control over agricultural research and government policies. It also suggests steps that regulators should take to better protect consumers and the environment from the potentially harmful effects of GE crops.

“Even though you won’t find the Monsanto brand on a food or beverage container at your local grocery store, the company holds vast power over our food supply,” said Rebecca Spector, West Coast Director, Center for Food Safety. “This power is largely responsible for something else we cannot find on our grocery store shelves — labels on genetically engineered food. Not only has Monsanto’s and other agribusinesses’ efforts prevented the labeling of GE foods, but they spend millions to block grassroots efforts like California’s Prop 37 in order to keep consumers in the dark.”

“Last November, Monsanto alone spent more than $8 million to drown out the voices of Californians who wanted the right to know whether or not their food is genetically engineered,” said Pamm Larry, a leader of the national grassroots movement to label GE foods and Proposition 37’s initial instigator. “Now Washington is bracing for the industry’s deluge of misleading advertising to defeat I-522. The best way to combat this confusion and doubt is through telling the truth and educating consumers on how labeling will empower them to make informed choices about the food they feed their families and loosen the stranglehold that corporations like Monsanto have over our food supply.”

“The chemical pesticide industry, with Monsanto leading the way, took over U.S. seed industry and engineered bacterial genes into food crops with the primary purpose of selling more weed killer that contaminates our food, water and bodies,” said David Bronner, the CEO of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps and leader in GE food labeling campaigns across the country. “Just like the citizens of Europe, Japan and China, Americans deserve the right to opt out of the genetically engineered food science experiment.”  

Monsanto: A Corporate Profile can be downloaded here: http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/reports/monsanto-a-corporate-profile/

Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainable. So we can all enjoy and trust in what we eat and drink, we help people take charge of where their food comes from, keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes, protect the environmental quality of oceans, force government to do its job protecting citizens, and educate about the importance of keeping shared resources under public control.

Contact: Anna Ghosh, aghosh(at)fwwatch(dot)org, 415-293-9905

 

 

Fixing Our Food Problem By MARK BITTMAN

January 1, 2013, 7:52 pm79 Comments

Fixing Our Food Problem

By MARK BITTMAN
Mark Bittman

Nothing affects public health in the United States more than food. Gun violence kills tens of thousands of Americans a year. Heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes kill more than a million people a year — nearly half of all deaths — and diet is a root cause of many of those diseases.

And the root of that dangerous diet is our system of hyper-industrial agriculture, the kind that uses 10 times as much energy as it produces.

We must figure out a way to un-invent this food system. It’s been a major contributor to climate change, spawned the obesity crisis, poisoned countless volumes of land and water, wasted energy, tortured billions of animals… I could go on. The point is that “sustainability” is not only possible but essential: only by saving the earth can we save ourselves, and vice versa.

How do we do that?

This seems like a good day to step back a bit and suggest something that’s sometimes difficult to accept.

Patience.

We can only dismantle this system little by little, and slowly. Change takes time. Often — usually — that time exceeds the life span of its pioneers. And when it comes to sustainable food for billions, we’re the pioneers of a food movement that’s just beginning to take shape. The abolition movement began at least a century before the Civil War, 200 years before the civil rights movement. The struggle to gain the right to vote for women in the United States was active for 75 years before an amendment was passed. The gay rights struggle has made tremendous strides over the last 40 years, but equal treatment under the law is hardly established.

Well-cared-for animals will necessarily be more expensive, which means we’ll eat fewer of them; that’s a win-win. 

Activists who took on these issues had in common a clear series of demands and a sense that the work was ongoing. They had a large and ever-growing public following and a willingness to sacrifice time, energy and even life for the benefit not only of contemporaries but for subsequent generations.

They were also aware that there is no success without a willingness to fail; that failure is a part of progress. A single defeat was seen as a temporary setback. The same vision should be applied to every issue the nascent food movement is tackling.

Yet before we can assess our progress, we must state our goals. There is no consensus behind a program for achieving sustainable production of food that promotes rather than attacks health. We can’t ask for “better food for all”; we must be specific. In the very near term, for example, we must fight to protect and improve programs that make food available to lower-income Americans. We must also support the increasingly assertive battles of workers in food-related industries; nothing reflects our moral core more accurately than the abuses we overlook in the names of convenience and economy.

Beyond that, I believe that the two issues that will have the greatest reverberations in agriculture, health and the environment are reducing the consumption of sugar-laden beverages and improving the living conditions of livestock.

About the first I have written plenty, and can summarize: when we begin treating sugar-sweetened beverages as we do tobacco, we will make a huge stride in improving our diet.

The second is even more powerful, and progress was made in that arena in 2012 as one food company after another resolved to (eventually) reject pork produced with gestation crates. So over the next few years, some animals will be treated somewhat better. This is absolutely, unquestionably thanks to public pressure, which should now set its sights higher and insist that all animals grown for food production be treated not just better but well.

Well-cared-for animals will necessarily be more expensive, which means we’ll eat fewer of them; that’s a win-win. They’ll use fewer antibiotics, they’ll be produced by more farmers in more places, and they’ll eat less commodity grain, which will both reduce environmental damage and allow for more land to be used for high-quality human food like fruits and vegetables.

Allies may argue that I miss the mark with either or both of these, and that’s fine: it’s a discussion. The point is that no major food issue will be resolved in the next 10 years. As pioneers, we must build upon incremental progress and not be disheartened, because often there isn’t quick resolution for complex issues.

An association between tobacco and cancer was discovered more 200 years ago. The surgeon general’s report that identified smoking as a public health issue appeared in 1964. The food movement has not yet reached its 1964; there’s isn’t even a general acknowledgment of a problem in need of fixing.

So, in 2013, let’s call for energy, action — and patience.

A version

Good things happening in Wisconsin

 St. Isidore’s Mead Organic Dairy based in Osseo, WI started a new site and want to share it with you!

http://aroundthefarmtable.com/

In case you do the social media thing you can also find updates at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Around-The-Farm-Table/462740637080637

Happy eating!

Joe Maurer, Producer

Around the Farm Table

From Certified Humane

 

Nonprofits Certify Humane Treatment

By Robert Rodriguez – The Fresno Bee
Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 | 11:26 PM
 Animal welfare advocate Adele Douglass cringed when she heard the news that another meat-processing plant was implicated in a video showing acts of animal cruelty.

As the founder of the Virginia-based Humane Animal Farm Care, Douglass has made it her life’s mission to champion animal welfare issues.

Her nonprofit organization — certifiedhumane.org — provides a certification program for livestock producers who raise and slaughter animals using industry-accepted humane guidelines.

It’s a program that grows every year, especially after animal cruelty videos surface. The latest case involves the Hanford-based Central Valley Meat Co., which is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The USDA has suspended inspections at the plant while it looks into allegations that workers mistreated animals during the slaughtering process.

The USDA requires meat processors to follow food safety and animal humane guidelines, but organizations such as Douglass’ provide an extra layer of assurance for skittish consumers.

“Although the USDA seal tells you that they are in compliance with federal guidelines, consumers still feel very strongly about this issue,” said Janet Riley, spokeswoman for the American Meat Institute. “And they will buy products that reflect their values.”

Humane Animal Farm Care and another Virginia-based group, Animal Welfare Approved, outline strict standards for raising and slaughtering animals. As part of their certification programs, both organizations also make routine inspections of the slaughtering process. Central Valley Meat is not one of their clients.

“Even though people eat animals, they still want to know that they have been raised and slaughtered humanely,” Douglass said. “They want to know that the animal has lived a long life and has not been treated cruelly.”

The number of animals that have been certified under the Humane Animal Farm Care guidelines has jumped from 143,000 in 2003 to 32.7 million last year.

“And it is because of consumers that we have had this growth,” Douglass said.

Andrew Gunther, program director at Animal Welfare Approved — animalwelfareapproved.org — said his organization works with more than 1,500 farms nationwide, including Sierra Lands Beef in Prather, Rabb Cattle Co. in Woodlake and Fouch Farms in Mariposa.

“What we have become are the eyes and ears of the conscientious consumer,” Gunther said. “Farmers and slaughtering plants supply a service and a product to consumers, and consumers have a right to know if it is being produced correctly.”

Locally, some businesses are making efforts to assure customers that animals are being treated humanely.

At Whole Foods stores, including in Fresno, the chain has a five-step animal welfare rating system that certifies everything from the environment the animal was raised in to the type of feed it ate.

Pitman Family Farms in Sanger, producers of Mary’s Free Range Chickens, has invested $3 million on a method that uses gas, instead of a jolt of electricity, to knock chickens out before they are killed.

The Pitmans were the first poultry processors in California to adopt the method.

Link to the original article

Humane Farm Animal Care
P.O. Box 727, Herndon, VA 20172
703-435-3883 | info@certifiedhumane.org

 

Jenny’s List

·      How did somebody steal half a million bees? http://goo.gl/Nb5xc
o   Massive Bee Infestation Transforms Roof Into Huge Hive http://huff.to/NQeeju
·      Devon Peña’s response http://goo.gl/Dls7L to Ag Professional’s Commentary: Urban Farming is an urban myth http://goo.gl/kKpdM
·      Food for thought: This summer, Oakland libraries are serving free lunches to children, five days a week http://goo.gl/VBq8H
·      Tuna Packers Settlement: Bumble Bee Foods LLC & Tri-Union Seafood (Chicken of the Sea) LLC Reach A Deal with California http://goo.gl/Jh9N6
·      It’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ For Food http://goo.gl/L3n1b
·      Washing State: First cottage food permit goes to law’s prime mover http://goo.gl/EWrcK
·      Farm Bureau Gets a Closer Look in New Report http://goo.gl/7cvFi
“[The Farm Bureau] opposes the labeling of genetically engineered food, animal welfare reform and environmental regulations. In Washington, its well-funded team of lobbyists and lawyers seek to dismantle the federal Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act, opposing pesticide restrictions and increased scrutiny of green house gas emission and the pollution from CAFOs,”
o   Whose Side is the Farm Bureau On? http://goo.gl/Zhx8s
·      There Is More Than One Way to Grow a Tomato – Biodynamic Farming Is Probably the Weirdest http://goo.gl/FXvfb
Biodynamic farming produces wholesome, pesticide-free food and drink – but the methods are a little out of the ordinary.
·      Potatoes For Breakfast http://goo.gl/BRCT2
·      Pineberries and cream? The new summer fruit which looks like a white strawberry… but tastes like pineapple http://goo.gl/zf4id
·      Coca Cola Booted From Bolivia http://goo.gl/iCuw0
·      Trading Recycling for Food and Services http://goo.gl/ASqOQ
·      Edible Bus Stop turns London Transit routes into a network of community gardens http://goo.gl/g5rKD
Guerrilla gardening at it’s best…
·      Method’s New Soap Bottle Is Made Fro Pacific Garbage Patch Trash http://ht.ly/cA4Pt
·      Butan Bets Organic Agriculture Is The Road To Happiness http://goo.gl/Ay3MD
·      Drought and Heat
o   US Drought 2012: Half Of Nation’s Counties Now Considered Disaster Areas http://goo.gl/IwX9y
o   Drought bill offers livestock farmers up to $100,000 each http://goo.gl/XlY0B
o   Voice of America: US Drought Linked to Climate Change http://goo.gl/ZYSzT
You think?
o   Activists Call on Agriculture Secretary to Discuss Links between Drought and Climate Change http://goo.gl/ZJiJH
o   Rising Food Prices Will Make It Even Harder to Eat Healthy http://goo.gl/BxB5Z
o   Drought May Mean Fewer, Small Animals at Fairs http://goo.gl/rmDBl
o   Climate Change Study Ties Recent Heat Waves To Global Warming http://goo.gl/C5BGW
·      Rebranding the Food Movement to Broaden Its Appeal http://goo.gl/3CZhL
·      Mushrooms can be green too! http://goo.gl/V5dtN
Premier Mushrooms (Calusa Calif.) and the triple bottom line…
·      Bucky Box (NZ)
o   5 Tips for Local Food Delivery http://goo.gl/Kmgqq
o   Tips for Local Food #1: Get Social – a guide to social media for local food enterprises http://goo.gl/r0JU0
o   Tips for Local Food #2: Existing Resources & Support – standing on the shoulders of giants http://goo.gl/8v4rf
·      Russia to Slaughter at Least 33,000 Pigs After African Swine Fever Outbreak http://goo.gl/B0KUv
·      Enormous Asian Tiger Prawns Invading US Waters Worry Environmentalists http://goo.gl/PteHI
·      Threatened sharks and rays granted critical protection in the Mediterranean http://goo.gl/8meiX
·      5 Perennial Veggies to Plant Once and Enjoy… Forever http://goo.gl/NqETb
·      A Greenhouse Effect (Brooklyn, NY) http://goo.gl/rIxOp
·      Edible City: The Movie http://goo.gl/yKewm
·      Farms Threatened by Palm Beach Florida Zoning Changes and New Rules http://goo.gl/F9tWC and Petition to Protect Our Right To Farm, Palm Beach County http://goo.gl/98Z0G
·      Generation Food Project http://generationfoodproject.org/
·      Oregon at the Forefront of Battle Against Nestlé Water Grab http://goo.gl/p5lLo
·      An Urban Farm (Portland, OR) Feeds Local Neighborhood with Help from Disabled http://goo.gl/FZGcB
·      Food Shift: Building a Just and Sustainable Food System http://goo.gl/7JJvn
Saving the food we waste…
·      Center for Investigative Reporting: The hidden costs of hamburgers http://bit.ly/T4QCXy
Labor/Economics
·      Forced to Work on a Broken Ankle? Workers Defy Abusive Supervisors for Big Union Win http://goo.gl/xvIda
A firsthand look at the backbreaking conditions that lead Pilgrim’s Pride employees to fight back – and win.
·      Marysville, California (Peach) Farms are Desperate For Workers, Despite High Unemployment http://goo.gl/lJE94
They seem to think the labor problem is due to “People just sitting at home doing nothing…” and claim “You could easily make $20 an hour over here.” Emm, I think that working conditions, pay and immigration laws may have more to do with it… Fieldwork is specialized, not just anyone can walk out and harvest, each cultivar takes specific skill set for harvesting well…
·      Some Alberta seniors will soon be eating better meals – they can thank the union for them http://goo.gl/2wLIh
·      Wal-Mart punishes its workers http://goo.gl/Lm4Lt
Employees who demonstrated against the company tell Salon they’ve lost their jobs and faced other consequences
·      A Better Economy Through Empowered Foodmakers http://goo.gl/3fHTi
·      Monsanto sued for underpaying workers http://goo.gl/pJ0Mx
·      To end poverty in America we need to stop paying poverty wages http://goo.gl/JMXBn
·      Beyond Throwaway Cities: How To Build An Export-Proof Local Economy http://goo.gl/dyK0a
We invest billions to create a functioning city. How do we create local businesses that won’t be tempted to pack up our jobs and leave town?
·      Number of Farmers Markets In US Surges (up 9.6% in the last year) http://goo.gl/pEcYj
 
Government/Regulation/Policy/Farm Bill
·      San Luis Obispo, CA Announces ‘Buy Local’ Food Policy http://goo.gl/7dvhB
The city of San Luis Obispo, located in central California has announced a “buy local” food policy for its jail and Juvenile Services Center, reports the San Luis Obispo’s Tribune.
·      It’s All About the Farm Bill
o   Congress Set to Take Food Aid Away From Millions of Hungry Americans
This makes no sense from a humanitarian point of view or from an economic one.
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·      Kids Sue to Force (US) Government Action on Global Warming http://goo.gl/QpU6s
·      GOP Senators Celebrate ‘Meat Monday’ After USDA’s ‘Meatless Monday’ Mishap http://goo.gl/7UDxv
o   Much Ado about Meatless Monday: Why the USDA Retraction Matters
·      Richmond, California Unanimously Approves Pesticide Restrictions http://goo.gl/J3lv8
·      Hog-tied… Muscatine County (IA) Supervisors tell residents: our hands are tied when it comes to keeping a hog confinement operation out of Nichols http://goo.gl/hGI8d
·      USDA, EPA Launch Tool to Better Assess Pathogen Risk http://goo.gl/KqAsG and here is the USDA link http://goo.gl/YfrCA
·      US judge strikes down EPA water rules for mines http://goo.gl/rDGNZ
·      US government sues New Mexico for damages in groundwater case http://goo.gl/x10gv
Feds trying to take over New Mexico’s water supply?
GMOs/Cloning/Nanotechnology/Poisons
·      Please make comments to the USDA on Arctic Apple (GMO, non-browning) http://goo.gl/S1aPf
·      Olympic sponsor (DOW) speeds up pesticide arms race http://goo.gl/v6DoD
… has just been granted approval in South Africa for a new GM 2,4-D tolerant maize…
·      California Proposition 37, GMO Labeling
o   California Democratic Party… Officially Endorses Proposition 37, California Right to Know http://goo.gl/YDxZ7
o   Why Major Food Organization is Teaming Up With Monsanto and Friends to Block Your Right to Know What’s in Your Food http://goo.gl/UkQ8x
“Big Food companies like ConAgra, Smucker, Hormel, Kellogg, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo want to block consumer protection legislation.”
o   Fighting GMO Labeling in California Is Food Lobby’s “Highest Priority” http://goo.gl/nxIjc
o   Who Supports Truth-in-Labeling on GMOs? http://goo.gl/J4EfE
o   Big 6 pesticide corps want your vote http://bit.ly/NRDy8A
·      Pepsico Global Genetically-Modified Food and Ingredient Policy http://goo.gl/SfodG
I kid you not…
·      Wal-Mart OK with selling genetically modified sweet corn (Agent Orange Corn) http://goo.gl/ENaAA
·      International Standards for Trade in Nano-coated Produce? http://goo.gl/cKqJa
·      Cows make ‘human’ milk http://goo.gl/BZaWG
Scientists in China have created genetically modified cows that produce “human” milk.

·      Roundup Herbicide Linked to Parkinson’s Related Brain Damage http://goo.gl/vViH3

Jenny Huston, MA, CEC, CDM, CFPP
Farm to Table Food Services
Oakland, CA 94606
415.235.9312
http://www.farmtotableservices.com/
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Twitter: @chefjennyhuston