Archive for ‘Corporate Farming & GMO’

Monday, April 10, 2006

US sued for growing GM crops in wildlife refuge

by Caroline Brown

Reuters reported last week that the Delaware Audubon Society, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and the Center for Food Safety have banded together and sued the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and its parent department, the U.S. Department of the Interior, for illegally growing genetically modified crops in a national wildlife refuge located in Delaware. (I promise I don't make this stuff up.)

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Farm subsidies clarification

by Caroline Brown

An email exchange between a fellow blogger leads me to print a clarification of a previous post about farm subsidies. Last year, the U.S. government handed out $23 billion in farm subsidies. The most unbelievable part is that 72% of these subsidies went to 10% of the recipients.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Farmers, biotechnology, & the new face of agriculture

by Caroline Brown

Balou at Gebloggte Welten recently blogged about Seeds of Change: Farmers, Biotechnology, and the New Face of Agriculture. Produced by two researchers at the University of Manitoba, the "publicly-funded, farmer-focused research video" was blocked from release by the U of M for three years.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

A uniform disaster: National Uniformity of Food Act

by Caroline Brown

Today I want to write about a bill that has gotten very little press coverage except in a few farm-heavy states: the National Uniformity of Food Act, which was passed in the House last week and will be taken up by the Senate in the near future.

Monday, March 6, 2006

Sustainable blogging

by Caroline Brown

Another blog, gebloggte Welten, has published some excellent research on anti-GMO/anti-globalism activist Jose Bove’s recent denial of entry into the US. Now, all you English-only speakers (that includes me!), don’t be discouraged from reading this post because it’s in German.

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Bigger is not better

by Caroline Brown

Research by a biochemist at UT-Austin shows that the nutritious value of fruits & vegetables has decreased over the last few decades. Based on data from the US Dep’t of Agriculture, the study looked at the levels of 13 nutrients in fruits and vegetables and found that the values of 6 of them (protein, calcium, vitamin C, phosphorus, iron, and riboflavin) had decreased by up to 38 percent.