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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...
  • Livelihood Issues: Mao's Great Famine (Book Review: How Mao Killed 43 Million People in Four Years)

    09/06/2010 6:06:59 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 39 replies
    Literary Review ^ | September 2010 | Jonathan Mirsky/Frank Dikötter
    In 1936 Mao Tse-Tung, then a cave-dwelling revolutionary, told Edgar Snow his life story. Snow recorded Mao's self-serving autobiography in Red Star Over China, which for decades made the American's name as the leading reporter in China. Back in China twenty-four years later, Snow was pestered by news agencies enquiring about mass starvation. The Snow of the 1930s had gone into the field to see for himself a prolonged drought in the north-west, where people were rumoured to be selling their children. But this time he relied on his access to top officials such as Premier Zhou Enlai, and foreigners...
  • Why Senator Dianne Feinstein Should Be Held Accountable in Egg Recall

    09/04/2010 8:01:44 PM PDT · by JunkScienceMom · 11 replies
    Truth or Scare ^ | September 3, 2010 | JunkScienceMom
    A month before the massive salmonella outbreak in eggs was discovered, one Democratic politician was warning another Democrat of the inherent dangers of holding up the "Food Safety Enhancement Act," legislation which very well could have reduced the harm of such an outbreak. A recall on eggs nationwide was announced after hundreds of people were sickened by salmonella that was found on the shells of the eggs. One benefit of the Food Safety Enhancement Act is that it will allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to order a mandatory recall of foods that are suspected to be tainted. Currently,...
  • (LEAD) N. Korean helicopter crashes in China, killing pilot: source(actually MIG-21)

    08/17/2010 10:56:49 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 70 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 08/18/10
    (LEAD) N. Korean helicopter crashes in China, killing pilot: source SHENYANG, China, Aug. 18 (Yonhap) -- A North Korean helicopter crashed in a Chinese border area, killing the pilot aboard who may have attempted to defect to Russia, intelligence sources here said Wednesday. The crash took place in Fushun Prefecture in the province of Liaoning Tuesday afternoon, the sources said, adding the pilot was the only person in the chopper when it crashed. "The pilot died on the spot," one source said, adding the Chinese authorities were able to identify the nationality of the helicopter only after the crash. Chinese...
  • A Glimps into S 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010

    08/12/2010 7:45:15 AM PDT · by Errant · 46 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5 August 2010 | RT
    Senate Bill S510 Makes it illegal to Grow, Share, Trade or Sell Homegrown Food S 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010, may be the most dangerous bill in the history of the US. It is similar to what India faced with imposition of the salt tax during British rule, only S 510 extends control over all food in the US, violating the fundamental human right to food. S 510 would give Monsanto unlimited power over all US seed, food supplements, food and farming. S 510 fails on moral, social, economic, political, constitutional, and human survival grounds. 1. It...
  • Report: Food Prices Already Starting to Skyrocket

    08/10/2010 2:09:08 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 96 replies
    Money News ^ | 08/09/10
    Report: Food Prices Already Starting to Skyrocket Monday, August 9, 2010 10:17 AM Experts warn that overall food-price inflation is inevitable, as Wal-Mart reportedly has already hiked prices amid a recent jump in wheat prices and the failure of the Russian harvest. The most immediate impact will be felt in the price of bread and bakery products but other food items which make use of grain will also rise, according to analysis from Verdict research. This includes some meat products where grain is used as animal feed. Meanwhile, a recent JPMorgan survey of supermarket pricing in Virginia showed a 5.8...
  • Genetically Modified Crop on the Loose and Evolving in U.S. Midwest

    08/09/2010 8:30:57 PM PDT · by Palter · 65 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 06 Aug 2010 | David Biello
    GM canola plant refugees from farms in North Dakota bear multiple transgenic traits Outside a grocery store in Langdon, N.D., two ecologists spotted a yellow canola plant growing on the margins of a parking lot this summer. They plucked it, ground it up and, using a chemical stick similar to those in home pregnancy kits, identified proteins that were made by artificially introduced genes. The plant was GM—genetically modified. That's not too surprising, given that North Dakota grows tens of thousands of hectares of conventional and genetically modified canola—a weedy plant, known scientifically as Brassica napus var oleifera, bred by...
  • Death Taxes and the Food Supply

    07/24/2010 4:27:42 AM PDT · by Sarajevo · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Whiskey & Gunpowder ^ | July 23, 2010 | Linda Brady Traynham
    <p>The Senate voted along party lines to defeat a motion to prevent reinstatement of the federal estate tax at the old rate of 55% next year. A two-thirds majority was needed to suspend frequently-convenient Senate rules to allow the Solons to consider legislation to repeal the tax permanently. Or, as permanently as any tax is ever repealed in Washington.</p>
  • More E. Coli found in Salinas Valley lettuce: Sludge connection still ignored.

    07/15/2010 9:49:27 PM PDT · by WriteStuff · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Across the Back Fence ^ | 7/15/2010 | Todd Fitchette
    The Associated Press is reporting that the Salinas-based company Fresh Express is recalling some of its bagged lettuce because of a positive test for E. Coli. What the AP and others continue to ignore is any possible connection between the use of treated sewage sludge and municipal waste water on farms in the Salinas Valley. Certainly consumers would want to know if the food they are buying is being poisoned by cities looking for a cheap way to dispose of their sewage sludge.
  • Raids are increasing on farms and private food-supply clubs

    07/14/2010 12:49:09 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 285 replies · 2+ views
    Grist ^ | 14 July 2010 | David Gumpert
    When the 20 agents arrived bearing a search warrant at her Ventura County farmhouse door at 7 a.m. on a Wednesday a couple weeks back, Sharon Palmer didn't know what to say. This was the third time she was being raided in 18 months, and she had thought she was on her way to resolving the problem over labeling of her goat cheese that prompted the other two raids. (In addition to producing goat's milk, she raises cattle, pigs, and chickens, and makes the meat available via a CSA.) But her 12-year-old daughter, Jasmine, wasn't the least bit tongue-tied. "She...
  • Venezuelans oppose Chávez attempt to nationalize private food company (Hugo starts to teeter)

    07/10/2010 12:26:49 AM PDT · by Stultis · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9 July 2010 | Juan Forero
    As in all major government takeovers of private companies in Venezuela, President Hugo Chávez declared that seizing beer-and-food giant Polar's facilities here would mark another victory for the poor in the country's march toward socialism. "Why is it that Polar has so much money?" Chávez asked in a February speech ... Except this time, the president's plans went badly awry, ... Polar [fought] back by taking its case to the Supreme Court, [and] its employees have risen up, too, rallying in opposition to Chávez's edict and holding all-night vigils to prevent a takeover. ... employees said they oppose the government...
  • Corn Syrup Use Drops 11%. Consumers Choose Sugar

    06/03/2010 8:06:06 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 75 replies · 1,041+ views
    Associated Content ^ | June 3rd, 2010 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Things are changing for corn syrup. Hunt's and Snapple are just 2 of the companies who have decided to listen to consumers' wants and use sugar instead of corn syrup. More and more companies are starting to jump on the no corn syrup band wagon and it is showing up in the use of corn syrup dropping 11% . The use of sugar has risen approx. 7%.
  • In E. Coli Fight, Some Strains Are Largely Ignored

    05/27/2010 10:41:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 283+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 26, 2010 | WILLIAM NEUMAN
    For nearly two decades, Public Enemy No. 1 for the food industry and its government regulators has been a virulent strain of E. coli bacteria that has killed hundreds of people, sickened thousands and prompted the recall of millions of pounds of hamburger, spinach and other foods. But as everyone focused on controlling that particular bacterium, known as E. coli O157:H7, the six rarer strains of toxic E. coli were largely ignored. Collectively, those other strains are now emerging as a serious threat to food safety. In April, romaine lettuce tainted with one of them sickened at least 26 people...
  • I just saw...

    05/24/2010 2:40:07 PM PDT · by djf · 55 replies · 1,273+ views
    The biggest freakin box of cornflakes you ever saw in your life!!! Winco foods has opened a store nearby, so I went in to check it out. Very good prices. They have posted for various items the comparable prices at other local supermarket chains and distributors, and Winco beats them hands down, I would say by 20% or so. The selection is HUGE, and they have many items that come in bulk (I bought a can of pork and beans SEVEN POUNDS, a #10 can, for 5.98). I was thinkin when I entered that they might not have much veggie-wise...
  • Dupont complains that Monsanto is running a seed market monopoly

    05/24/2010 11:53:59 AM PDT · by Eagles2003 · 154 replies · 1,561+ views
    Natural News ^ | May 23, 2010 | David Gutierrez
    (NaturalNews) Chemical and agricultural giant DuPont has accused rival Monsanto of maintaining a seed monopoly, in a complaint filed with the U.S. Departments of Justice and Agriculture. "Monsanto has engaged in numerous practices that improperly seek to expand the scope of intellectual property rights at the expense of competition, innovation, and choice," the 18-page DuPont report reads. DuPont, which owns the genetically modified seed company Pioneer Hi-Bred International, is Monsanto's main competitor in the agricultural biotech field. The two companies are already in court over a failed licensing deal. The complaint alleges that Monsanto controls 98 percent of the U.S....
  • Who benefits from GM crops?

    02/16/2006 6:22:55 AM PST · by Calpernia · 23 replies · 428+ views
    Who benefits from GM crops? Monsanto and its corporate driven sponsors The first significant planting of genetically modified (GM) crops took place in 1996. Ten years on, GM crops have failed to deliver the promises made by the biotech corporations. Moreover, the introduction of GM crops has increased the biotech industry’s control over the seed supply, most notably by Monsanto, the world’s biggest seed company. The last decade also shows that Monsanto has an undesirable influence over agriculture and food policies in many countries. Who benefits from GM crops? Rapid penetration is the result of aggressive biotech industry strategies. The...
  • Scrambling and Gambling with the Genome

    02/26/2006 1:35:50 PM PST · by A. Pole · 7 replies · 232+ views
    Spilling the Beans ^ | July 2005 | Jeffrey M. Smith
    “With genetic engineering, transferring genes from one species’ DNA to another is just like taking a page out of one book and putting it between the pages of another book.” This popular analogy is used often by advocates of genetically modified (GM) food. The words on the page are made up of the four letters, or molecules, of the genetic code, which line up in “base pairs” along the DNA. The inserted page represents a gene, whose code produces one or more proteins. The book is made up of chapters, which represent chromosomes—large sections of DNA. The analogy makes the...
  • Bill Gates vs. the Famine Lobby (The Left demonizes "Frankenfoods" while Africa starves)

    10/30/2009 5:38:44 PM PDT · by FrontPageMag.com · 32 replies · 1,312+ views
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | October 30, 2009 | Ben Johnson
    Bill Gates took on the Famine Lobby while addressing a forum on the world food supply in Iowa. Speaking at the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Gates took aim at the chorus of environmental leftists and organic food advocates who believe Africans should starve rather than eat genetically modified (GM) foods. “Some voices are instantly hostile to any emphasis on productivity. They act as if there is no emergency, even though in the poorest, hungriest places on earth, population is growing faster than productivity,” he said.The opposition is significant, because Gates is left-of-center himself. The Bill and Melinda...
  • Organ Damage In Rats From Monsanto GMO Corn

    01/13/2010 8:17:26 AM PST · by Clint Williams · 52 replies · 1,246+ views
    Slashdot ^ | 1/13/10 | kdawson
    jenningsthecat writes "A study published in December 2009 in the International Journal of Biological Sciences found that three varieties of Monsanto genetically-modified corn caused damage to the liver, kidneys, and other organs of rats. One of the corn varieties was designed to tolerate broad-spectrum herbicides, (so-called 'Roundup-ready' corn), while the other two contain bacteria-derived proteins that have insecticide properties. The study made use of Monsanto's own raw data. Quoting from the study's 'Conclusions' section: 'Our analysis highlights that the kidneys and liver as particularly important on which to focus such research as there was a clear negative impact on the...
  • Food Poisoning May Rise With Global Warming

    05/21/2010 2:49:18 AM PDT · by Brugmansian · 29 replies · 700+ views
    Food Poison Journal ^ | May 20, 2010 | David Babcock
    Incidences of food poisoning are likely to rise with increased global temperatures, according to a report from the WHO and Malta's Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit. According to the report, a study on the health effects of climate change in the Maltese islands warns that rising temperatures increase the likelihood of food-borne diseases like salmonella . . . Part of the increase was blamed on increased outdoor activities involving food such as barbecues . . .
  • Overpopulation: The Making of a Myth (VIDEO)

    05/06/2010 12:10:35 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 218+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/6/2010 | MichCapCon
    This video takes a fresh, humorous approach to the demographic issues facing the world today.
  • Hidden In The PPI Data Was The Largest Food Price Spike In 26 Years

    04/22/2010 2:49:49 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 593+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 4-22-2010 | Vincent Fernando, CFA
    Hidden In The PPI Data Was The Largest Food Price Spike In 26 Years Vincent Fernando, CFA Apr. 22, 2010, 12:04 PM Food prices are volatile, but this move can't be ignored given its historical significance: Econompic: Excluding often-volatile food and energy prices, the core PPI increased 0.1% in March and is up 0.9% compared with a year earlier. The big story in the March PPI was wholesale food prices, which rose 2.4%, matching the biggest gain in 26 years. Prices of fresh and dried vegetables soared 49.3%, the most in 16 years. The PPI breakdown courtesy of Econompic below.
  • Now it's CowGate: expert report says claims of livestock causing global warming are false

    03/26/2010 11:59:25 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 53 replies · 773+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | March 25th, 2010 | Gerald Warner
    It is becoming difficult to keep pace with the speed at which the global warming scam is now unravelling. The latest reversal of scientific “consensus” is on livestock and the meat trade as a major cause of global warming – one-fifth of all greenhouse gas emissions, according to eco-vegetarian cranks. Now a scientific report delivered to the American Chemical Society says it is nonsense. The Washington Times has called it “Cowgate”.The cow-burp hysteria reached a crescendo in 2006 when a United Nations report ominously entitled “Livestock’s Long Shadow” claimed: “The livestock sector is a major player, responsible for 18 per...
  • Four Muslims Discharged Over Fort Jackson Threats, Probe Continues

    03/01/2010 11:42:29 AM PST · by Dinah Lord · 42 replies · 1,168+ views
    The Jawa Report ^ | March 1, 2010 | Rusty "Asadullah Alshishani"
    If there was nothing to the allegations, then why were four of the five Muslim soldiers discharged? It seems to me that the earliest reports were wrong that the five Muslims were plotting to poison Fort Jackson's food supply. But later reports that there were nothing to the allegations were also clarified when we learned that the investigation was not into a plot but over comments about poisoning the food.
  • McDonald's Fail (video)

    02/28/2010 3:24:55 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies · 793+ views
    youtube.com ^ | Feb. 26, 2010
    Who ordered the McChicken Head?
  • Shelled pecans recalled over salmonella fears

    02/26/2010 7:26:49 PM PST · by cajuncow · 7 replies · 239+ views
    msnbc ^ | 2-26-10 | Associated Press
    YANCEY, Texas - A Texas-based pecan company is recalling plastic bags of its pecan pieces in small, medium and large sizes because they may be contaminated with salmonella. The American Pecan Co. said Friday that its one-pound bags of shelled pecans were sold to walk-up customers at their Yancey location in south-central Texas, as well as to mail-order customers in Texas, New York and Massachusetts.
  • WIDE SCALE FOOD POISONING of US troops attempted at Ft. Jackson, SC

    02/18/2010 3:09:35 PM PST · by Mr. Jazzy · 427 replies · 23,081+ views
    Fox News ^ | FOX NEWS
    <p>No info at link yet, just came across the TV. Investigators believe that the poisoners where Arabic translators! ROP strikes again???</p>
  • CBN Exclusive: Five Muslim Soldiers Arrested at Fort Jackson in South Carolina

    02/18/2010 3:35:11 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 112 replies · 4,230+ views
    CBN ^ | 2/18/10 | Erick Stakelbeck
    CBN Exclusive: Five Muslim Soldiers Arrested at Fort Jackson in South Carolina CBN News has learned exclusively that five Muslim soldiers at Fort Jackson in South Carolina were arrested just before Christmas and are in custody. The five men were part of the Arabic Translation program at the base. The men are suspected of trying to poison the food supply at Fort Jackson. A source with intimate knowledge of the investigation, which is ongoing, told CBN News investigators suspect the "Fort Jackson Five" may have been in contact with the group of five Washington, DC area Muslims that traveled to...
  • US to lift 21-year ban on haggis

    01/25/2010 10:54:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 119 replies · 2,521+ views
    Guardian ^ | December 25, 2010 | Severin Carrell
    Smuggled and bootlegged, it has been the cause of transatlantic tensions for more than two decades. But after 21 years in exile, the haggis is to be allowed back into the United States. The "great chieftan o' the puddin-race" was one of earliest casualties of the BSE crisis of the 1980s-90s, banned on health grounds by the US authorities in 1989 because they feared its main ingredient ‑ minced sheep offal ‑ could prove lethal.
  • Some 390 tons of U.S. ground beef recalled

    01/18/2010 2:03:31 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 53 replies · 1,824+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1-18-10
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some 390 tons of ground beef produced by a California meat packer, some of it nearly two years ago, is being recalled for fear of potentially deadly E. coli bacterium tainting, U.S. officials said on Monday. The beef was produced by Huntington Meat Packing Inc of Montebello, California, and shipped mainly to California outlets, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's food safety arm said. An initial problem, in ground beef shipped by the plant from January 5 to January 15, was discovered during a regular safety check, the Food Safety and Inspection Service said. It said it had...
  • FDA Slams Tylenol Maker's Delay in Tainted Pill Recall (more products added-I have one)

    01/15/2010 9:11:24 PM PST · by STARWISE · 59 replies · 1,611+ views
    ABC News ^ | 1-15-10 | Joseph Brownstein
    More Products, Including Tylenol Extra Strength and Rolaids, Recalled Due to Noxious Chemical Fears ### The U.S. Food and Drug Administration slammed Tylenol manufacturer McNeil Healthcare LLC during a media briefing this morning for what it called a slow response to problems at a facility in Puerto Rico that led to consumers becoming sickened by tainted pills. "McNeil should have acted faster," said Deborah Autor, director of the FDA's Office of Compliance, of the arm of Johnson & Johnson that manufactures Tylenol products, adding "When something smells bad, literally or figuratively, they must aggressively investigate and solve the problem." A...