Top 20 Food, Farming & Eco Headlines for June

July 1, 2014 by Frontline Copy

by Faith Attaguile

Top 20 Food, Farming & Eco Headlines for June

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Who’s walking the green walk ... and who isn’t?

Discover the heroes working for a better world (and the villains who aren’t) in these cutting-edge articles from June. You'll find them all here...

Local Food, Farming & Community
GMOs: Content & Controversy
Energy/Climate Change
The Rocky Road to Business Sustainability
Environment
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Local Food, Farming & Community

sustainable livestock production farmer

Will Harris turned his back on conventional farming and adopted a profitable business model for sustainable livestock production. (Youtube) (from FoodTank.com)

 

Food Hero: Will Harris is the Sustainable Livestock Producer Winner of the 2014 Growing Green Awards

FoodTank explains: After decades of raising cattle on pastures purged by pesticides and finishing them on a diet of grain, hormones and antibiotics, Will Harris drastically changed his practices and converted to organic and grass-fed on his Southwest Georgia farm, White Oak Pastures.

The Path to Freedom: 6,000 lbs of food on 1/10th acre

From YouTube: Located just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles,The Dervaes family grows over 400 species of plants, 4,300 pounds of vegetable food, 900 chicken eggs, 1,000 duck eggs, 25 lbs of honey, plus seasonal fruits throughout the year.

(from TheGuardian.com)

(from TheGuardian.com)

Local Causes Bloom as We Lose Faith in Global Change

From The Guardian: We've grown skeptical of big-picture environmentalism. A greener future lies in 'just doing it' at grassroots level.

 

 

 

Superweeds Choke Farms Superweeds Choke Farms

From the Des Moines Register: Arkansas farmer Tommy Young says Southern growers have lived through nearly a decade of torment, fighting a destructive, fast-growing weed that can carry a million seeds, grow as tall as an NBA player and is unfazed by several herbicides

 

Food Hero: Robert Egger-Founder and President of L.A. KitchenFood Hero: Robert Egger-Founder and President of L.A. Kitchen

From FoodTank: Robert Egger is a nonprofit leader, speaker, author and activist who takes pride in the community kitchen he started and helped run, taking leftover food from hospitality businesses and farms and providing meals for the community and community agencies. His kitchens also provide culinary arts training and jobs programs for people who want careers in the food service industry but are unemployed, underemployed, previously incarcerated, or homeless.

Urban Organics: An abandoned brewery in Minnesota gets a second life as an agricultural business and fish farm Urban Organics: An abandoned brewery in Minnesota gets a second life as an agricultural business and fish farm

From The Intelligent Optimist: An abandoned brewery in Minnesota gets a second life as an agricultural business and fish farm.

 

Citizen Groups Challenge USDA’s Power Grab “Threatening” Organic Integrity  Citizen Groups Challenge USDA’s Power Grab “Threatening” Organic Integrity

The Cornucopia Institute explains: 20 organic farm and consumer groups file legal petition with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsak to protect the independent authority and permanence of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) set by Congress.

 

How Industry and Government Promote Dairy Junk Foods How Industry and Government Promote Dairy Junk Foods 

From EcoWatch: The U.S. is in the midst of a public health epidemic due to poor diet. While much of the focus has been on obvious culprits such as sugary soft drinks and fast food, dairy foods often get a pass. The dairy industry, propped up by government, has convinced us of the health benefits of milk and other dairy products. But the context of how people consume dairy matters.

 

GMOs: Content & Controversy

Seralini

Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini

Republication of the Seralini Study: Science Speaks for Itself

From GMOSeralini: Previously retracted study of the chronic toxicity study on the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup and a commercialized genetically modified (GM) maize is republished, restoring the study to the peer-reviewed literature so it can be consulted and built upon by other scientists.

The Next Generation of GM Crops Has Arrived—And So Has the Controversy The Next Generation of GM Crops Has Arrived—And So Has the Controversy

Wired.com explains: The first of a new generation of genetically modified crops is poised to win government approval in the United States, igniting a controversy that may continue for years, and foreshadowing the future of genetically modified crops.

 

MonsantoUS pressures El Salvador to buy Monsanto's GMO seeds

From RT.com: As one of the preconditions to authorizing close to $300 million in aid, the United States is pressuring El Salvador to purchase genetically modified seeds from Monsanto instead of non-GM seeds from local farmers.

 

Steve Marsh to Appeal Australia GM Canola Contamination Case

Steve Marsh

Steve Marsh to Appeal Australia GM Canola Contamination Case

From SustainablePulse.com: Austrailian farmer Steve Marsh, who could lose his farm fighting for the right to farm without the threat of GM contamination, appeals the decision against him in the Western Australian Supreme Court last month. 

 

GMO Bananas Going Into Human Trials: Why This Won’t End Well GMO Bananas Going Into Human Trials: Why This Won’t End Well

The Cornucopia Institute explains: While saving kids from malnutrition in Africa makes for great headlines and is a very noble cause, the attempt to alleviate this problem through increased nutrition via the genetic-modification of one food, also known as biofortification, is just a horrible idea. Find out why.

 

 

 

 

Energy/Climate Change

 “Go ahead, bring it on!” Helen SlottjeHelps Small Towns Stop Fracking

Storyhttp://organicconnectmag.com/helping-small-towns-stop-fracking/

Court Rules That New York Towns Can Ban FrackingShe “brought it on” and won! ~ Court Rules That New York Towns Can Ban Fracking 

From EcoWatch.com: In a precedent-setting case decided by the New York Court of Appeals, local communities have triumphed over the fracking industry. The court ruled that the towns of Dryden and Middlefield can use local zoning laws to ban heavy industry, including oil and gas production within municipal borders. 

 

Standing ovation for the South Portland Draft Ordinance Committee as it unveils plan to block tar sands Wednesday, June 25. (Photo: Environment Maine) (from CommonDreams.org)

Standing ovation for the South Portland Draft Ordinance Committee as it unveils plan to block tar sands Wednesday, June 25. (Photo: Environment Maine) (from CommonDreams.org)

In Stand Against Big Oil, Small Maine City Moves to Ban Tar Sands

From CommonDreams.org: Coastal Maine residents push to formally prohibit tar sands from being shipped from their port.

 

 

 

 

Great Lakes

Great Lakes Communities Struggle in Fight Against Proposed  Nuclear Waste Facility 

EcoWatch.com explains: Concerned citizens have started a petition asking Canadian and U.S. to block approval of the proposed nuclear waste repository near the Bruce Nuclear Power Plant site in Kincardine, Ontario.

New York AssemblyNew York Assembly Overwhelmingly Passes Fracking Moratorium

From EcoWatch.com: New York’s general assembly passes a moratorium on fracking Monday with a sensible question in mind—why rush?

 

 

 

How One Town Keeps Fighting for Control of Its Energy FutureHow One Town Keeps Fighting for Control of Its Energy Future

From RenewableEnergyWorld.com: How can a community take control of its energy future from a 100-year monopoly electric utility? Citizens of Boulder, CO, are testing answers to that question, trying to discover how a single city can do more for its economy and the environment with more power over its energy system.

 

 

 


IEA Says the Party's OverIEA Says the Party’s Over

Resilience.org explains: The International Energy Agency releases a new special report that should send policy makers screaming and running for the exits — if they are willing to read between the lines and view the report in the context of current financial and geopolitical trends.

 

 

The Rocky Road to Business Sustainability

Food Activists Target Ben & Jerry’s Even Though It Supports GMO Labeling Food Activists Target Ben & Jerry’s Even Though It Supports GMO Labeling

From MotherJones.com: Ben & Jerry’s has publicly supported the fight to GMO labeling on foods since its decision a year ago to start phasing out genetically modified foods from its products. So why is it still getting boycotted by organic-food activists?

 

MuskElon Musk: Telsa Patents “Belong to You”

From EnvironmentalLeader.com: Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the patents for his company’s electric vehicle technology “belong to you.” What exactly does he mean?

Walmart’s Top-to-Bottom Taxpayer Subsidies Walmart’s Top-to-Bottom Taxpayer Subsidies

From Truth-Out.org: In 2013 Walmart hauled in $16 billion in profits. Americans for Tax Fairness estimates Walmart's low-wage and part-time workers are forced to rely on about $6.2 billion worth of food stamps and other taxpayer-funded benefits per year. What’s going on?

 

 

Panera Bread’s Plan for America: No Artificial Flavors and Community Cafes  Panera Bread’s Plan for America: No Artificial Flavors and Community Cafes

TheGuardian.com explains: 'People get that we're fundamentally good' says the CEO, but putting the chain's new policies into practice won't be easy.

 

Environment

 

angry bee Widespread Impact of Neonicotinoids “Impossible to Deny”

From BBC.com: Neonicotinoid pesticides are causing significant damage to a wide range of beneficial species and are a key factor in the decline of bees.

 

 

How EPA FakedHow EPA Faked the Entire Science of Sewage Sludge Safety: A Whistleblower’s Story

From IndependentScienceNews.org: Dr. David Lewis blows the whistle on the US EPA’s 503 sludge rule.

 

Insecticides put world food supplies at risk, say scientists 

 From TheGuardian.com: International team of scientists concludes that regulations on pesticides have failed to prevent poisoning of almost all habitats.

PatagoniaChilean Patagonia spared from US$10 billion mega-dam project

From TheGuardian.com: Ministers cancel permit for five controversial dams on two rivers in Patagonia.

 

 

 

 

 

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