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January 06 2014

08:00

Lessons from 20 Years of NAFTA

Huffington Post - By Stan Sorscher - Jan. 06 (Special Report) - everyone I know wants good trade policies that raise living standards at home and abroad. The question is not trade versus protectionism. It's good trade policy versus bad trade policy. NAFTA and numerous subsequent trade deals perform very well for investors and global businesses, while leaving most workers and communities at a disadvantage. Since NAFTA, our trade deficits totaled over $8 trillion. We've lost millions of good manufacturing jobs and de-industrialized our economy.

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January 03 2014

08:00

NAFTA at 20: Lori Wallach on U.S. Job Losses, Record Income Inequality, Mass Displacement in Mexico

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Jan. 03 (Special Report) - The North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada went into effect 20 years ago this week on January 1, 1994. The massive trade pact was signed into law by President Bill Clinton amidst great promise that it would raise wages, create jobs and even improve health and environmental safety standards. Hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs have vanished as companies sought lower wage workers in Mexico. Meanwhile, NAFTA has generated more poverty in Mexico, forcing millions of citizens to migrate to the United States in search of work. We speak to Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch and author of the new report, "NAFTA at 20."

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November 12 2013

08:00

Meet Your Taxpayer-Subsidized Farm Bill Billionaires!

Huffington Post - By Jason Linkins - Nov. 12 (Investigative Report) - Surely, these subsidies are helping to keep an important way of life alive for the True Sons of Soil and Toil ... like, say, multi-billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Wait. What? He's a farmer? Ha ha, yes. As it turns out, your taxpayer dollars "subsidize" the "farming" that's being done by a host of mega-rich superstars from the Forbes 400 list, none of whom you'd immediately associate with the sort of hardscrabble agri-artisan who's in need of a leg up from the federal government. But their numbers are legion.

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November 07 2013

08:00

Billionaires Received U.S. Farm Subsidies, Report Finds

New York Times - By By RON NIXON - Nov. 07 (News Report) - The federal government paid $11.3 million in taxpayer-funded farm subsidies from 1995 to 2012 to 50 billionaires or businesses in which they have some form of ownership, according to a report released Thursday by the Environmental Working Group, a Washington-based research organization.

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October 31 2013

07:00

Foster Farms salmonella outbreak highlights flaws in food safety system

Center for Investigative Reporting - By Katharine Mieszkowski - Oct. 31 (Investigative Report) - Each month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture publishes a list calling out chicken processing plants across the country that have failed salmonella testing. Notably absent from its October report: the three Foster Farms plants in Central California that have been linked to a virulent outbreak.

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Tags: Farming Food

October 27 2013

07:00

Monsanto’s RoundUp Linked to Argentina’s Growing Health Problems

| NationofChange - By Ashley Curtin - Oct. 27 (News Report) - The pesticides are contaminating Santa Fe’s water supply and, with an increase in cancer rates, many studies link the health problem to an over use of Monsanto’s RoundUp.

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July 03 2013

07:00

Farm Bill Defeat Shows Agriculture’s Waning Power

New York Times - By By RON NIXON - Jul. 03 (Opinion) - Farm Bill Defeat Shows Agriculture’s Waning Power

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August 30 2012

07:00

Drought knocks U.S. off its soybean pedestal

latitudenews.com - By Jack Rodolico - Aug. 30 (Special Report) - More bad news for Midwest farmers: American soy is now number two.

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August 23 2012

07:00

Maya Collapse Tied To Drought, Deforestation

Huffington Post - By Wynne Parry - Aug. 23 (Special Report) - Scientists have found that drought played a key role, but the Mayans appear to have exacerbated the problem by cutting down the jungle canopy to make way for cities and crops, according to researchers who used climate-model simulations to see how much deforestation aggravated the drought.

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August 12 2012

07:00

USDA: Ongoing drought causes significant crop yield declines

ScienceDaily - Aug. 12 (News) - Corn production will drop 13 percent to a six-year low, the U.S. Agriculture Department said Aug. 10.

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February 14 2012

08:00

Monsanto Guilty Of Chemical Poisoning Of French Farmer

Huffington Post - By Catherine Lagrange , Marion Douet - Feb. 14 (News Report) - ..A French court on Monday declared U.S. biotech giant Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning of a French farmer, a judgment that could lend weight to other health claims against pesticides. In the first such case heard in court in France, grain grower Paul Francois, 47, says he suffered neurological problems including memory loss, headaches and stammering after inhaling Monsanto's Lasso weedkiller in 2004. He blames the agri-business giant for not providing adequate warnings on the product label. The ruling was given by a court in Lyon, southeast France, which ordered an expert opinion of Francois's losses to establish the amount of damages. "It is a historic decision in so far as it is the first time that a (pesticide) maker is found guilty of such a poisoning," François Lafforgue, Francois's lawyer, told Reuters.

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September 03 2011

07:00

Attack of the Monsanto Superinsects

Mother Jones - By Tom Philpott - Sep. 03 (News Report) - insects are developing resistance to Monsanto's insecticide-infused crops, reports the Wall Street Journal. Fields planted in Monsanto's Bt corn in some areas of the Midwest are showing damage from the corn rootworm—the very species targeted by Monsanto's engineered trait. An Iowa State University scientist has conclusively identified Bt-resistant root worms in four Iowa fields, the Journal reports.

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Tags: Farming

June 25 2011

07:00

AN ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALIST'S LAMENT

Breakthrough Journal - By Hannah Nordhaus - Jun. 25 (News Analysis) - Dying bees have become symbols of environmental sin, of faceless corporations out to ransack nature. Such is the story environmental journalism tells all too often. But it's not always the story that best helps us understand how we live in this world of nearly seven billion hungry people, or how we might square our ecological concerns and commitments with that reality. By engaging in simplistic and sometimes misleading environmental narratives -- by exaggerating the stakes and brushing over the inconvenient facts that stand in the way of foregone conclusions­­ -- we do our field, and our subjects, a disservice.

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07:00

Horse welfare declines after closing of U.S. slaughter plants

billingsgazette.com - By Jan Falstad - Jun. 25 (News Report) - The closure of the last U.S. horse slaughter plants in the fall of 2007 has failed to reduce the number of horses shipped to slaughter.

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June 24 2011

07:00

Roundup: Scientists Say World's Top-Selling Weedkiller Causes Birth Defects

Huffington Post - By Lucia Graves - Jun. 24 (News Report) - The chemical at the heart of the planet's most widely used herbicide -- Roundup weedkiller, used in farms and gardens across the U.S.-- -- is coming under more intense scrutiny following the release of a new report calling for a heightened regulatory response around its use. Critics have argued for decades that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and other herbicides used around the globe, poses a serious threat to public health. Industry regulators, however, appear to have consistently overlooked their concerns. A comprehensive review of existing data released this month by Earth Open Source, an organization that uses open-source collaboration to advance sustainable food production, suggests that industry regulators in Europe have known for years that glyphosate, originally introduced by American agricultural biotechnology giant Monsanto in 1976, causes birth defects in the embryos of laboratory animals.

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June 18 2011

07:00

Tree rings record changing snowpack, research finds

billingsgazette.com - By Brett French - Jun. 18 (News Report) - Tree rings record changing snowpack, research findsBillings GazetteAccording to the Union of Concerned Scientists, climate change is contributing to heavy rain and flooding. Warmer temperatures associated with climate change evaporate more ocean water and soil moisture, so that when storms do occur, there's more ...and more »

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May 25 2011

07:00

Factory Farms Produce 100 Times More Waste Than All People In the US Combined and It's Killing Our Drinking Water |

AlterNet - By Jill Richardson - May. 25 (Special Report) - These are not hypothetical scenarios. Just ask Rick Dove, an ex-Marine who serves as a Riverkeeper on his beloved Neuse River in North Carolina. After retiring from the Marines, he lived his dream of becoming a small-scale commercial fisherman on the river briefly -- until enormous hog operations moved in, each producing as much waste as a town of 20,000 people, and their waste killed the fish.

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07:00

Growth promoters: If you can’t convince them, sue them

Wired - By Maryn McKenna - May. 25 (News Report) - Several environmental groups filed a lawsuit today that alleges the FDA has acted unlawfully, ignoring its own statutory authority, by failing to curb growth-promoting antibiotic dosing despite decades of evidence that it stimulates the emergence of antibiotic resistance, undermining medical treatment and harming human health.

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May 24 2011

07:00

Shameful Kowtowing to the Meat Industry: 147 Congressmen Diss Family Farmers

AlterNet - By Wenonah Hauter - May. 24 (Opinion) - these 147 Congressmen and women are protecting the interests of big factory farms, preventing rules that would make farming fair and help reverse the stranglehold Big Ag has on the food system.

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May 11 2011

07:00

"Every 30 Minutes": Crushed by Debt and Neo-Liberal Reforms, Indian Farmers Commit Suicide At Staggering Rate

Democracy Now - By Smita Narula, Amy Goodman - May. 11 (Interview) - A quarter of a million Indian farmers have committed suicide in the last 16 years—an average of one suicide every 30 minutes. The crisis has ballooned with economic liberalization that has removed agricultural subsidies and opened Indian agriculture to the global market. Small farmers are often trapped in a cycle of insurmountable debt, leading many to take their lives out of sheer desperation. We speak with Smita Narula of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University Law School, co-author of a new report on farmer suicides in India.

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