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  • Siphoning Off Corn to Fuel Our Cars

    02/01/2011 9:14:11 PM PST · by Rabin · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, April 30, 2008 | Steven Mufson
    "Two hundred years ago, this was prairie covered with six-foot-high switchgrass. Winnebago Indians lived here, and then white settlers … Now 50 wind turbines that were erected over the winter and the (VeraSun) ethanol plant, have brought new energy to a town that long lived off the ground God created with glaciers, and laid down here."
  • Egypt and Tunisia usher in the new era of global food revolutions

    01/30/2011 4:47:12 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 26 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:30PM GMT 30 Jan 2011 | By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Events have moved briskly since a Tunisian fruit vendor set fire to himself six weeks ago, and thereby lit the fuse that has detonated Egypt and threatens to topple the political order of the Maghreb, Yemen, and beyond. As Al-Jazeera broadcasts authority crumbling in the cultural and political capital of the Arab world, exhilaration can turn quickly to foreboding. Whatever the aspirations of those on the streets of Cairo, such uprisings are easy prey for tight-knit organizations – known in the revolutionary lexicon as Leninist vanguard parties. In Egypt this means the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood is a different kettle...
  • Price rises could make juices a 'luxury'

    01/28/2011 7:24:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    United Press International ^ | January 28, 2011
    Rocketing prices of fruit juice in commodity markets could soon make apple and orange juice an unaffordable "luxury," a trade publication says. The Grocer magazine says a series of bad harvests from Florida to China, combined with increased demand from Asian countries, has pushed the price of orange and apple juices up on the world market, Britain's Daily Telegraph reported Friday. Industry experts say prices could increase by as much as 80 per cent for orange juice and 60 per cent for apple juice in 2011, the newspaper said. In the past year, the price of a one-quart carton of...
  • McDonald's may raise prices as food costs rise

    01/24/2011 6:54:46 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    pap ^ | Monday January 24, 2011, 1:56 pm EST | Sarah Skidmore, AP Food Industry Writer, On
    [T]he company said it expects food cost will rise 2 to 2.5 percent in the U.S. and 3.5 to 4.5 percent in Europe during the year. McDonald's has already raised some prices in the United Kingdom to cover higher costs. The company said as prices for beef and other ingredients and other cost pressures in the U.S. become more pronounced throughout the year, it will likely increase prices to offset some, but not all, of its higher costs.
  • Researchers Find "Alarming" Decline in Bumblebees

    01/03/2011 5:29:47 PM PST · by TaraP · 41 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 3, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four previously abundant species of bumblebee are close to disappearing in the United States, researchers reported Monday in a study confirming that the agriculturally important bees are being affected worldwide. They documented a 96 percent decline in the numbers of the four species, and said their range had shrunk by as much as 87 percent. As with honeybees, a pathogen is partly involved, but the researchers also found evidence of inbreeding caused by habitat loss. We provide incontrovertible evidence that multiple Bombus species have experienced sharp population declines at the national level," the researchers reported in the...
  • Forget politically correct; is ag morally correct?

    12/27/2010 4:58:26 PM PST · by Dominic L. Fottfoy · 6 replies · 1+ views
    “I hate to be an alarmist, but I have to tell you: there is a time for urgency, and the time is right now.” That’s how Kevin Murphy, founder and owner of Food-Chain Communications LLC (truthinfood.com), prefaced his remarks to cattlemen attending last month’s Feeding Quality Forum in Grand Island, Neb., and Amarillo, Texas. Murphy says production and economic issues won’t matter if agriculture is regulated out of business by the activist groups that he says are leading “an attack on agriculture that is literally unrelenting.
  • Wikileaks cable reveals U.S. conspired to retaliate against European nations if they resisted GMOs

    12/26/2010 3:49:52 PM PST · by opentalk · 115 replies · 3+ views
    Natural news ^ | December 24, 2010 | Mike Adams
    Wikileaks continues to rock the political world by shedding light on conspiracies, corruption and cover-ups. The latest batch of diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks reveals what can only be characterized as a U.S.-led conspiracy to force GMOs onto European countries by making those countries pay a steep price if they resist. The cable reveals the words of Craig Stapleton, the US ambassador to France, who was pushing the commercial interests of the biotech industry by attempting to force GMOs into France. In his own words (below), he expresses his frustration with the idea that France might pass environmental laws that...
  • 'All Americans Must Die' Written On Plant Wall (Tyson in Shelbyville, TN)

    12/23/2010 8:41:31 PM PST · by radu · 97 replies · 2+ views
    Channel 4 - Nashville ^ | Deanna Lambert
    The Shelbyville chief of police and a former Tyson employee confirmed that threatening messages surfaced this week, leading to extra security at the plant. "A couple days ago, they had a terrorist threat that was written on the bathroom walls that said 'all Americans must die,'" said a woman, who said she wanted to remain anonymous to protect her relative, who works inside the plant. She said that she didn't see the writing herself but is aware of what's going on from others. "One day last week, someone set the women's bathroom on fire, and they finally put a security...
  • Latest Terror Threat in US Aimed to Poison Food

    12/20/2010 4:44:47 PM PST · by Velveeta · 98 replies · 6+ views
    CBS News ^ | 12/20/2010 | Armen Keteyian
    Exclusive: The Dept. of Homeland Security Uncovered a Plot to Attack Hotels and Restaurants Over a Single Weekend In this exclusive story, CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian reports the latest terror attack to America involves the possible use of poisons - simultaneous attacks targeting hotels and restaurants at many locations over a single weekend. A key Intelligence source has confirmed the threat as "credible." Department of Homeland Security officials, along with members of the Department of Agriculture and the FDA, have briefed a small group of corporate security officers from the hotel and restaurant industries about it. "We...
  • Food prices rise sharply - and there's more to come

    12/16/2010 6:58:21 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 153 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Thursday, December 16, 2010 | Stacy Finz, Chronicle Staff Writer
    For the first time since 2008, inflation is hitting consumers in the stomach. Grocery prices grew by more than 1 1/2 times the overall rate of inflation this year, outpaced only by costs of transportation and medical care, according to numbers released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Economists predict that this is only the beginning. Fueled by the higher costs of wheat, sugar, corn, soybeans and energy, shoppers could see as much as a 4 percent increase at the supermarket checkout next year.
  • EPA Document Shows It Knowingly Allowed Pesticide That Kills Honey Bees

    12/16/2010 12:57:10 PM PST · by frithguild · 33 replies
    Fast Company ^ | December 10, 2010 | Ariel Schwartz
    The world honey bee population has plunged in recent years, worrying beekeepers and farmers who know how critical bee pollination is for many crops. A number of theories have popped up as to why the North American honey bee population has declined--electromagnetic radiation, malnutrition, and climate change have all been pinpointed. Now a leaked EPA document reveals that the agency allowed the widespread use of a bee-toxic pesticide, despite warnings from EPA scientists. The document, which was leaked to a Colorado beekeeper, shows that the EPA has ignored warnings about the use of clothianidin, a pesticide produced by Bayer that...
  • FASCIST CONTROL OF OUR FOOD SUPPLY? THE S.510 FOOD SAFETY SCAM

    11/19/2010 4:31:27 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 18 replies
    NoisyRoom.net ^ | 11-19-2010 | AJ
    $1.6 Billion and 18,000 additional government employees for S.510, the Food Safety bill, are up for a vote in the Senate any time within the next 60 days. S.510 is one of the most dangerous pieces of legislation thus far. Since 2008, the Obama administration has increased the FDA budget by 135% to an astounding $4.03 Billion and yet Senators want to add another $1.6 Billion and double the number of employees. Why? Is our government trying to institute fascist control over our nation’s food supply? You decide. “If accepted, [S 510] would preclude the public’s right to grow, own,...
  • What is Senate Bill 510?

    11/19/2010 7:13:15 AM PST · by DrewsMum · 87 replies
    U.S. Senate Bill 510 ^ | November 19, 2010 | DrewsMum
    I am posting this thread to see if Freepers can help break down Senate Bill 510. The original bill was 266 pages and full of legalese. I have been rallying friends, family and Facebook friends to call/email/fax the RINOs who are supporting this bill, but I am getting tons of questions about it. (Why is it so bad?) I can answer some, but I need help. I naturally gravitate to FR for answers. Could I get some help breaking it down into laymen terms? Perhaps some of you could help with the most damaging items using bullet points about the...
  • Monsanto’s Food Safety Bill S-510 Set for Vote Today

    11/17/2010 12:09:29 PM PST · by Mortrey · 68 replies · 5+ views
    Constitution Party ^ | 11/16/2010 | Darrell Castle
    # Preclude the public’s right to grow, own, trade, transport, share, feed and eat each and every food that nature makes. # It will more than likely make Michael Taylor (mentioned above) the Food Czar. # End U.S. sovereignty over its own food supply by forcing compliance with WTO guidelines.
  • Food Fight Breaks Out in Senate

    11/18/2010 4:19:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2010 | Jillian Bandes
    It’s worse than your kids at the dinner table: the battle over food safety has gotten worse after the Senate voted to move forward on the bill Wednesday. With a 74-25 vote on the motion to begin debate, passage has all but cleared for the bill, which would impose significant regulations on big and small businesses in the food production industry. A complicated reconciliation process would have to take place in order for the bill to be sent to the President’s desk, but those will be addressed by the end of the week. One of the major hurdles – even...
  • First Health Care, Next the Food Supply (7 GOP Senate Sponsors of another Crap Sandwich-2 from GA)

    11/17/2010 7:59:54 AM PST · by Mamzelle · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 17, 2010 | Michael Geer
    Introduced by Dick Durbin of Illinois, the bill has moved through the usual phases of amalgamation and deal-making. The monstrosity advancing to the floor on Wednesday is not so much "food safety" as it is the decadence of the rights of small farmers, hobbyist food producers, garden-variety farmers markets, and your average small producer of foodstuffs. Under the rubric of safety, this Senate proposes a bill that establishes such new and sweeping powers over how you and I produce and consume foodstuffs that even the Pew Charitable Trusts are calling S510 a clear and present danger.
  • Forced use of biofuels could hit food production, EU warned

    11/09/2010 8:09:55 AM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11/9/2010 | John Vidal
    Plans to make European motorists use more biofuels could take an area the size of Ireland out of food production by 2020 and accelerate climate change, a study has found. The report by the independent Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) is based on plans that countries have submitted to the EU detailing how they intend to meet their legal requirement to include 10% of renewable energy in all transport fuels by 2020. IEEP calculations suggest that the indirect effect of the switch will be to take between 4.1m and 6.9m hectares out of food production. In addition, say the...
  • Roll back the ethanol mandate

    10/20/2010 11:08:08 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 56 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | October 20, 2010 | Editorial
    Think fast: What ingredients were in the gasoline you bought last time you filled up your tank? Pure gasoline? A mix of gasoline and ethanol? What percentage of each? The one thing for sure is you probably didn't buy diesel, since you'd still be at the gasoline station, waiting for a tow truck, if you had. Chances are, the gasoline you bought was 10 percent ethanol, a fuel derived from corn. Ethanol reduces fuel economy and damages engine components. Your car would run better and more efficiently with pure gasoline, and its engine would last longer. It also would pollute...
  • EDITORIAL: Administration caves to Big Corn--EPA burns your money with ethanol

    10/18/2010 6:39:49 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 18, 2010 | Editorial
    The Obama administration wants to boost the amount of corn shoved into the gas tank of newer cars by 50 percent. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made this happen on Wednesday by giving partial approval to E15, an automotive fuel blend containing 15 percent ethanol. This dirty deal will enrich the major ethanol producers represented by Growth Energy while impoverishing taxpayers and anyone else who cares about clean air. Technically, the agency only approved a waiver allowing the sale of E15 for vehicles from model year 2007 and later, but don't be fooled by this incremental approach. The EPA is...
  • Costco Will Sell You an Apocalyptic Year's Worth of Disgusting Food for $800

    10/07/2010 7:32:13 AM PDT · by FromLori · 216 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 10/7/2010
    Either our nation's obesity problem is just as bad as they say, or Costco knows something we don't, because the aircraft carrier-scaled big box store is now offering enough (horrifying) food to last you a year for a cool $800. The monstrous, 5,011 serving package, courtesy of food outfitter Shelf Reliance (hey, at least we'll have kept our senses of humor during doomsday!) claims their end days buffet contains "only top-of-the-line products," "developed with everyday menu planning in mind." Which makes sense, of course, because the only thing worse than knowing that the entire eastern seaboard has been leveled by...