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Jeff J. Brown: Operation Rescue Russia and a big "F.U." to Eurangloland The Princes of Power are doing their best to disparage Russia's ban of Western food imports. But it is a stroke of genius that will strengthen BRICS and NAM. 10 

Christian Bentzen: A rash of anti-Almond Milk articles flushes the liberal blog-o-sphere. Why? A recent rash of anti-almond milk articles have swept throughout the liberal blog-o-sphere leading many to wonder why. 17 
Karen Davis: International Respect For Chickens Day Celebrates Compassion for Chickens On Sunday, May 4, animal advocates celebrate International Respect for Chickens Day. Launched by United Poultry Concerns in 2005, International Respect for Chickens Day celebrates chickens throughout the world and protests the suffering of chickens in farming, cockfighting, experimental research, hatching projects and other activities that mistreat chickens. 1 
A 'Big Win' for all who value clean food and environment All who desire to know and regulate the chemicals used in growing their food, and present in their environment, have something to celebrate today. A federal judge is allowing additional defendants, including several large organizations and REAL ordinary folks to have a say in their communities on Kaua'i. The people are speaking loudly and clearly for their right to clean food and a healthy environment. Millions around the g... 2 
Franklin Lamb: Lifting the siege of Yarmouk one food parcel & one polio vaccination at a time Given the 18,000 in need of urgent aid this cold winter morning inside Yarmouk camp, what has been allowed in so far has been a mere trickle, rather minor in a sense. But major for those getting the live saving food parcels and urgently required medical treatment. 1 

Will Fantle: FDA Food-Safety Comments, Defending Family Farmers, Blocked: Another Fed Website SNAFU The Cornucopia Institute is engaged in research and educational activities supporting the ecological principles and economic wisdom underlying sustainable and organic agriculture. Through research and investigations on agricultural and food issues, The Cornucopia Institute provides needed information to family farmers, consumers, stakeholders involved in the good-food movement, and media. 1 
ACTION ALERT: FDA Food Safety Comment Deadline is Nov.15 Please comment directly on the FDA's food safety web page to help save our nation's organic/local produce farmers from potential ruin! The FDA's proposed food safety rules threaten to ensnare many of the country's safest farmers in a tangle of expensive, misdirected regulations that may force many of our best farmers out of business. You can bet that these bills are Agri-business/Bio-tech sponsored by crooked corporate lobbyi...
Alana Mann: New Report Offers Credible Alternatives to Failed Hunger Policies This article draws on the global human rights monitoring report Right to Food and Nutrition Watch which presents credible alternatives to top-down, prescriptive solutions to hunger including Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the G8's New Alliance. 4 

Will Fantle: Organic Industry Watchdog: FDA Food Safety Rules Threaten to Crush the Good Food Movement According to a new white paper by The Cornucopia Institute, the FDA's draft rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) are so off the mark that they might economically crush the country's safest farmers while ignoring the root threats to human health: manure contaminated with deadly infectious pathogens generated on "factory" livestock farms and high-risk produce-processing practices. 5 
Kamala B. Sarup: Longer-term improvements in the economy Any improvement in the education and development activities must help improve the economy (in terms of investment, tourism, and even simple daily economic activity).

Mary Wentworth: How Food Aid Impacted Haiti Haiti is not the only country that has been negatively impacted by aid. This article tells how the system works to favor big corporations. 7 

San Francisco's urban farmers join battle for green space, invoking Istanbul Occupiers who attempted to save Hayes Valley Farm renamed it Gezi Gardens, invoking the battle for green space in Istanbul, Turkey. KPFA Radio spoke to San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos about the push and pull over public land use, and his efforts to help build community consensus around an urban farm in another part of the city.

Richard Schiffman: Congressman Quotes Jesus in Bid to Gut Food Stamps GOP Congressman Stephen Fincher is on a mission from God. He wants to drastically cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as food stamps, for 47 million of our poorest citizens. He supports a rider on the farm bill that would effectively eliminate 2 million people from the program 7 
Will Fantle: NEW REPORT: Food Additive (Carrageenan) Suspected in GI Disease/Tumors---FDA asked to pull from Market The Cornucopia Institute's new report, Carrageenan: How a "Natural" Food Additive Is Making Us Sick," and shopping guide to carrageenan-free products, are available on Cornucopia's website. Carrageenan is a highly processed additive extracted from red seaweed, linked in the diet of laboratory animals to gastrointestinal disease, including col 2 

Burl Hall: Beyond Being Poisoned: Confronting and Corporate Farming and Foodopoly Our world is marked by corporate dominance. From the hospital where our babies are born, to the schools in which they are educated, to the corporations they shall work for at lessening benefits and pay, to their sickness and ultimate death...even where they are buried, corporations rule. What is the effect on our life, especially given the most basic need for our 1 
Liz Myers: Air Occupy Interview with Noam Chomsky, 12/11/12 Air Occupy radio show interviews Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus in the MIT Department of Linguistics & Philosophy. Transcript from December 11, 2012. Liz, Jerry, and Shannon talk with Professor Chomsky about Gaza, Palestine, and Israel; media and propaganda; why the greatest threat the the world is not a nuclear Iran; and Occupy 2.0 and the Labor movement. 1 

Martha Rosenberg: Five States Now Ban Shark Fins, How About This Other "Delicacy"? This month, Illinois became the first inland state to pass a comprehensive ban against the trade, sale or distribution of shark fins. But another cruel delicacy banned in Chicago for a short time in 2006, remains legal. 2 

FDA: New rules will make food safer The Food and Drug Administration says its new guidelines would make the food Americans eat safer and help prevent the kinds of foodborne disease outbreaks that sicken or kill thousands of consumers each year. The rules, the most sweeping food safety guidelines in decades, would require farmers to take new precautions against contamination, to include making sure workers' hands are washed, irrigation water is clean, and that an... 1 

GM Salmon: Coming to a Store Near You What are the holidays, if not the best time for our government to sneak things past us?
Meet New SC Sen. Tim Scott: The Tea Party Lawmaker Who Wanted To Impeach President Obama And Kick Kids Off Food Stamps Tim Scott is America's newest senator today after getting tapped by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) to fill the vacancy left by former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC). DeMint announced this month that he was leaving the Senate to head up the Heritage Foundation, an arch-conservative think tank in Washington DC. Though DeMint left big, controversial shoes to fill for Republicans, few conservatives will be disappointed with Scott's ... 1 

Martha Rosenberg: Who Says It's Not Safe? US Cattle and Hog Producers Furious Over Russia Meat Ban And why does the public only hear about drugs in its own meat supply because of a threatened export ban? 3 
R-CALF USA: R-CALF USA says KSU COOL Study Conflicts with WTO Findings "The fact that KSU has issued an implausible study demonstrates just how much manipulative political power COOL opponents -- primarily the multinational meatpackers -- have over our land-grant universities.
R-CALF USA: R-CALF USA Seeks Confirmation Regarding an Apparent Conflict of Interest in Beef Checkoff Program "If our information is correct and Weldon Wynn serves both to decide who is to receive Beef Checkoff Program funds (in his official capacity as a CBB officer) as well as to benefit directly from his own decisions (by directly representing the interests of Checkoff funds recipient USFRA), then this is further evidence of the ongoing, insidious and systemic corruption within the Beef Checkoff Program.

Will Fantle: ACTION ALERT: Fight to Keep Gimmicky Synthetic Nutrients from Polluting Organic Food The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking public comment on a rule that would continue its policy of allowing the indiscriminate and illegal addition of synthetic nutrients to organic foods.

Martha Rosenberg: We're Eating What? The Drugstore in U.S. Meat. Food consumers seldom hear about the drugs oestradiol-17, zeranol, trenbolone acetate and melengestrol acetate and the names are certainly not on meat labels. But those synthetic growth hormones are central to U.S. meat production, especially beef, and the reason Europe has banned a lot of U.S. meat since 1989. 3 
Farmers Told To Buy Insurance If They Don't Want To Get Sued For the past 13 years, Monsanto has sued about 11 farmers per year for patent infringement of their genetically modified corn and soybean seeds. Many of these farmers have had to pay a settlement to the corporation even when their fields were accidentally contaminated with GM seeds from a neighboring farm. Monsanto simply outspends the defendants, dedicating $10 million a year and 75 staffers for the sole purpose of investigat... 2 
Monsanto Tells Farmers To Buy Insurance If They Don't Want To Get Sued Every year for the past 13 years, biotechnology giant Monsanto Company has sued about 11 farmers per year for patent infringement of their genetically modified corn and soybean seeds. Many of these farmers have had to pay a settlement to the corporation even when their fields were accidentally contaminated with GM seeds from a neighboring farm. Monsanto simply outspends the defendants, dedicating $10 million a year and 75 staf... 1 

The Cornucopia Institute: Monsanto Throws GMO Victory Party in California After a deluge of allegedly misleading advertisements paid for in large part by pesticide and biotechnology corporations, California voters defeated Proposition 37, which would have given them the right--to-know whether the foods they buy at the grocery store contain genetically engineered ingredients (GMOs). 2 

Bruce Dixon: California NAACP Sells Out to Big Ag on Genetically Modified Foods When black leadership gets its legitimacy from the oppressed, but its funding from the oppressor, this is what we get. We call it the Black Misleadership Class. And why was Davey D the only black media figure we heard even asking the question? Is this the Obama phenomenon trickling down --- we don't dare question our black "representatives" because.... because.... well.... why? 1 

How to Avoid GM Foods at the Grocery The four main GM crops in the US are corn, soy, canola, and cotton. Between 70 and 80 percent of the packaged foods in the supermarket contain GM ingredients and you can't trust all fresh produce by a long shot. Here are some good ways to steer clear of GM in your food.

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