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February 26 2014

08:00

It Doesn't Take Much Sugar for It to Wreak Havoc on Your Body

AlterNet - By Jill Richardson - Feb. 26 (Special Report) - Fructose, on the other hand, is only metabolized by your liver. The title of a 2004 study says it all: “Dietary fructose reduces circulating insulin and leptin, attenuates postprandial suppression of ghrelin, and increases triglycerides in women.” In other words, after you eat fructose, your body never gets the message, “You’ve eaten enough, now stop.” As for those increased triglycerides, well… another word for triglyceride is “fat.”

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Tags: Food

February 17 2014

08:00

California Farms Are Slow to Adopt Water-Saving Technology

Newsweek - By David Cay Johnston - Feb. 17 (Special Report) - Coming soon to a grocery store near you: higher food prices, because California, which grows more half of the nation's fresh fruits and vegetables, is in its third consecutive year of getting only about one-eighth the usual amount of water from snow melting in the High Sierras.

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February 12 2014

08:00

Big Food Company Recalls Almost Nine Million Pounds of Beef That Were Never Inspected

readersupportednews.org - By Sy Mukherjee - Feb. 12 (News Report) - food safety inspections are stymied by a significant lack of funding and insufficient staff. Although President Obama signed the largest overhaul of America's food safety regimen in 70 years into law in 2010, officials are concerned that the planned changes won't become a reality without more appropriations.

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February 05 2014

06:20

Senate Passes Farm Bill That Cuts Food Stamps, but Not Agribusiness

New York Times - Feb. 05 (News) - Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill

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January 24 2014

08:00

Acidification fight faces political hurdles

seattletimes.com - By Craig Welch - Jan. 24 (Special Report) - The corrosion of the oceans by carbon-dioxide emissions has barely made a ripple among Washington, D.C.’s power brokers. Little money gets earmarked for research. Ocean change has inspired few stabs at curbing CO2. In fact, aside from West Coast lawmakers and scattered others from coastal regions, few in Congress seem to grasp the scale of the challenge, said current and retired lawmakers from both parties.

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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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December 26 2013

08:00

Women Are Swelling the Ranks of People Living in Extreme Poverty in America

AlterNet - By Ruth Rosen - Dec. 26 (Special Report) - Republicans find women’s appetite, as opposed to that of children, an embarrassment, hinting of sexual desire. Perhaps it is because this is part of the Republican war on women’s reproductive freedom: a single mother with children is somehow guilty of bringing on her own poverty. Whatever the reason, the rhetoric does not match the reality.

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December 25 2013

08:00

Editorial: More Hunger for the Poorest Americans - NY Times: Editorials

New York Times - By By THE EDITORIAL BOARD - Dec. 25 (Editorial) - Editorial: More Hunger for the Poorest Americans

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Tags: Poverty Food Jobs

December 23 2013

08:00

The Hard-to-Believe, Cruel Things Corporate Executives Say About Americans Struggling to Get By

AlterNet - By Paul Buchheit - Dec. 23 (Special Report) - At a time of year when we're inclined to show empathy for people less fortunate than ourselves, some of our top business leaders are notable for comments that show their disdain for struggling Americans. Their words may seem too outlandish to have been uttered, or inappropriately humorous, but all the speakers were serious.

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December 04 2013

08:00

The Lies Behind This Transatlantic Trade Deal

readersupportednews.org - By George Monbiot - Dec. 04 (News Report) - All over Europe people are asking why this is happening; why we were not consulted; for whom it is being done. They have good reason to ask. The commission insists that its Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership should include a toxic mechanism called investor-state dispute settlement. Where this has been forced into other trade agreements, it has allowed big corporations to sue governments before secretive arbitration panels composed of corporate lawyers, which bypass domestic courts and override the will of parliaments.

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November 12 2013

08:00

House Dems Can Block GOP Food Stamp Cuts—By Killing the Farm Bill

Mother Jones - By Erika Eichelberger - Nov. 12 (News Analysis) - The food stamps program— which helps feed one in seven Americans —is in peril. Republicans in the House have proposed a farm bill—the five-year bill that funds agriculture and nutrition programs—that would slash food stamps by $40 billion. But by taking advantage of House Republicans' desire to cut food stamps as much as possible, Democrats might be able to prevent cuts from happening at all. To pull it off, Democrats would have to derail the farm bill entirely, which would maintain food-stamp funding at current levels. Here's how it would work, according to House Democrats who've considered the idea. It's an idea rooted in the last food stamp fight: In June, the House failed to pass a farm bill that cut $20 billion from the food stamp program. The bill went down because 62 GOP conservatives thought the $20 billion in cuts weren't deep enough, while 172 Democrats thought they were too drastic. After the bill failed, House conservatives passed a much more draconian food ...

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Tags: Poverty Food

November 06 2013

08:00

A Full-Frontal Assault on Democracy in Europe and the United States

AlterNet - By George Monbiot - Nov. 06 (News Analysis) - The purpose of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is to remove the regulatory differences between the US and European nations. I mentioned it a couple of weeks ago. But I left out the most important issue: the remarkable ability it would grant big business to sue the living daylights out of governments which try to defend their citizens. It would allow a secretive panel of corporate lawyers to overrule the will of parliament and destroy our legal protections. Yet the defenders of our sovereignty say nothing.

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November 04 2013

08:00

Can sea life adapt to souring oceans?

seattletimes.com - By Craig Welch - Nov. 04 (Special Report) - work with urchins, as well as other species, suggests that acidification sooner or later may still push these and other marine organisms beyond what they can tolerate. “Evolution can happen, and it can happen quickly,” said Hofmann, a marine biologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), who has studied urchins for years. “But concerns about extinctions are very real and very valid. Biology can bend, but eventually it will break.”

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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 30 2013

07:00

Naomi Klein: Why Science Is Telling All of Us to Revolt and Change Our Lives Before We Destroy the Planet

AlterNet - By Naomi Klein - Oct. 30 (Special Report) - He talked about system boundaries, perturbations, dissipation, attractors, bifurcations and a whole bunch of other stuff largely incomprehensible to those of us uninitiated in complex systems theory. But the bottom line was clear enough: global capitalism has made the depletion of resources so rapid, convenient and barrier-free that “earth-human systems” are becoming dangerously unstable in response. When pressed by a journalist for a clear answer on the “are we f**ked” question, Werner set the jargon aside and replied, “More or less.” There was one dynamic in the model, however, that offered some hope. Werner termed it “resistance”

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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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October 11 2013

07:00

Tropics first region on globe to hit a new climate era, research finds

wwwp.dailyclimate.org - By Douglas Fischer - Oct. 11 (News Report) - Upwards of 5 billion people in the tropics will soon find temperature and other weather conditions falling outside anything experienced in modern record-keeping, according to a groundbreaking study published Wednesday. What's past is no longer prologue. We are outside of our experience. - Stuart Pimm, Duke University The study, by a team of University of Hawaii researchers led by professor Camilo Mora, is the first to map the timing of "climate departures" – when a particular region's climate conditions escape the bounds recorded over the past 140-odd years by modern instruments.

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September 17 2013

07:00

Oysters dying as coast is hit hard

seattletimes.com - By Craig Welch - Sep. 17 (Special Report) - Carbon dioxide from fossil-fuel emissions had turned seawater in Willapa Bay along Washington’s coast so lethal that slippery young Pacific oysters stopped growing. The same corrosive ocean water got sucked into an Oregon hatchery and routinely killed larvae the family bought as oyster seed.

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September 14 2013

07:00

Sea Change The Pacific's Perilous Turn

seattletimes.com - By Craig Welch - Sep. 14 (Special Report) - Burning fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and natural gas, belches carbon dioxide into the air. But a quarter of that CO2 then gets absorbed by the seas — eight pounds per person per day, about 20 trillion pounds a year.

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September 04 2013

07:00

Are Weeds Healthier Than Farmed Veggies?

Mother Jones - By Tom Philpott - Sep. 04 (Comment) - When I moved to a small organic farm in the mountains of North Carolina, I quickly got hooked on weeds (note plural). Chickweed popped up soon after the ground thawed in spring, giving us a vibrant, grassy-tasting salad weeks before the first cultivated greens were ready. Not long after, tender, peppery watercress sprouted in the marshy banks of the creek—a real delicacy, and one prized by our chef customers.

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