Do We Really Need Urban Agriculture Regulations?

It’s surprising that the US city with the urbanest farming activity has just recently started the process to create their own urban agriculture regulations. New York City, with its numerous rooftop farms, indoor farms, and vacant lot growing operations began work on a comprehensive urban agriculture plan this summer. Some will see this as a problem, a roadblock with a negative impact on the emerging local food system. However, there are important reasons why serious urban farm businesses might welcome them. It’s not easy being a pioneer in the 21st century. The lack of urban agriculture regulations means that they’re operating...

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The Monsanto Papers: Suspicions Confirmed

Though spokespersons for the Monsanto Company are running the defense, as usual, the Monsanto Papers, namely emails turned over to the plaintiff’s lawyer in a Roundup cancer lawsuit, reveal their claims of rigorous testing and scientific review more questionable than ever. The plaintiff’s Council published this group of emails on its website a couple of weeks ago, which the chemical giant wasn’t expecting, and demands they be removed. Too late. It seems they missed a filing deadline. There’s no retracting this. There are some smoking guns in those emails, starting with them inventing their own definition of “independent.” A...

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How To Avoid PFC Chemical Exposure at Home

Have you seen the newest issue of Garden Culture Magazine? There’s an article about PFC chemical toxins, namely PFOA and GenX, polluting the Cape Fear River that supplies some 250,000 people in North Carolina with drinking water. These unregulated chemicals cause cancer and a plethora of other health problems, but they’re flowing into the river nonetheless. Why? Because they make nonstick pans (and other miracles) possible. Hmm… what else are they in? Well, lots of other things in your home or work place. And there’s no way to remove it from the water – or you. PFOA, PFOS, PTFE, C8,...

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US Taxpayers Fund FDA Pro-GMO Campaign

If it isn’t one industry group, it’s another who sneak the approval or cost of promoting their interest onto a bill. Saving the US government from shutdown over the new budget is always last-minute, and this year’s unwanted surprise is providing $3 million dollars in funding to the FDA to stage a pro-GMO food campaign. So, every time you see advertising concocted to convey the scientifically safe wonders of GMO crops and food products… it’s your tax dollars hard at work protecting you from  “misinformation” (according to Big Ag/Big Food). That’s what they identify the problem as being. Too...

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Is That a Monsanto Food Company on Your Shopping List?

In early 2011, someone published a Monsanto Food Company List to boycott and it continued to circulate right up into last year. The most recent two publishers took the time to type it out… all 68 names in alphabetical order. The thing is – that list is outdated and contains errors. It’s mostly a list of brands with some companies mixed in. Firstly, brands change hands in the food industry. Secondly, Monsanto doesn’t produce any food or beverages.  But ConAgra does, and this major food producer is a Monsanto subsidiary (according to Corporate Watch in 2005). Finding no news of...

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