New York Times, By Lori Wallach & Ben Beachy, June 2
Washington — THE Obama administration has often stated its commitment to open government. So why is it keeping such tight wraps on the contents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the most significant international commercial agreement since the creation of the World Trade Organization in 1995? [...]
Organisers celebrate huge global turnout and say they will continue until Monsanto and other GM manufacturers listen
AP, May 25
Organisers say that two million people marched in protest against seed giant Monsanto in hundreds of rallies across the US and in more than 50 other countries on Saturday.
“March Against Monsanto” protesters say they [...]
(Phys.Org) – The European Commission said Friday that it will ban for two years beginning in December pesticides blamed for killing the bees that pollinate food and fruit crops.
The decision to ban the three insecticides, made by chemicals giants Bayer and Syngenta, “marks another milestone towards ensuring a healthier future” for bees, EU Health [...]
While we here in America rest secure in our homes, largely free from the scourge of want or shortage, we’ve become immune from and blissfully ignorant of what may well be the cause of future wars around the world: water. Joe Sixpack, when he turns on the faucet at his kitchen sink, doesn’t often think [...]
World is unprepared for changes that will see parts of Africa turned into disaster areas, say food experts.
The Observer, By John Vidal, April 13
Millions of people could become destitute in Africa and Asia as staple foods more than double in price by 2050 as a result of extreme temperatures, floods and droughts that [...]
St Louis Business Journal, By E.B. Solomont
Food activists plan to protest outside Monsanto Co.’s shareholder meeting Thursday, calling on the $13.5 billion seed company to be more transparent.
The activists also hope to draw attention to a shareholder proposal to study “material financial risks or operational potential impacts” on Monsanto associated with seed contamination [...]
NPR’s All Things Considered:
The U.S. had its hottest year on record last year. That heat, combined with the relatively dry winter that came before, has brought a historic drought.
From forest fires and low crop yields, to infrastructure and recreation, the drought has been costly, with early estimates putting the cost at between $50 [...]
The Year In Review (stories you may have missed because you were out snorting blow and banging hookers) 1) Along with the alleged fiscal cliff comes a real financial cliff. The farm bill also expires at December 31, and failure to pass a new one will drive dairy prices into the stratosphere. Good government advocates [...]
Telegraph, By Geoffrey Lean
Will the next financial crisis be caused by environmental stress? It might seem, on the face of it, to be an unlikely prospect – but it proved a real enough risk to draw hundreds of experts from top financial institutions to a conference in the City of London this week. Hosted [...]
Washington Post, By Howard Schneider
SAO PAULO — As U.S. cornfields withered under drought conditions last summer, Brazil’s once-empty Cerrado region produced a bumper crop of the grain, helping feed livestock on U.S. farms and ease a drought-related spike in prices.
The U.S. imports of Brazilian corn were small by world standards. But they are [...]
AP, By Candice Choi & Tom Murphy, November 16
Hostess Brands says it’s going out of business after striking workers across the country crippled its ability to make its Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Wonder Bread and other snacks.
The company had warned employees that it would file a motion with U.S. Bankruptcy Court Friday seeking permission [...]
As a new report says climate change threatens the world’s three main crops, we ask where the next meal will come from.
Al Jazeera, November 1
They predict that maize, wheat and rice production will decrease in many developing countries – forcing farmers to replace them with crops more resistant to heat, drought and flooding.
AJE/Agencies, October 10
Seventy-five per cent of countries on the African continent and several Arab countries face an impending food crisis, a new study has revealed.
Maplecroft’s Food Security Risk Index, a report released on Wednesday, found that in a survey of 197 countries worldwide, up to 39 of the 59 most at risk of [...]
The severe drought in the US has been blamed the rising prices of agricultural commodities. But that is only part of the story: Biofuels, financial speculation and changing dietary habits are also playing a role. The global food supply faces pressure from all sides.
Farmer Mike Geske speaks with the experience of generations. “Every major [...]
(Originally posted by YES! Magazine, republished using a Creative Commons license)
Imagine that you are in room.Â It’s about 30 by 30 feet. The floor is stone, and the walls and ceiling are a mix of stone and cement. They are a little damp, which you can smell but you can’t quite see. [...]