It’s the cash crop enslaved Africans in America were forced to pick, as close as family and probably what you’re wearing right now. Yet much like our food there’s so much most of us don’t know about the fabric of our lives. Here’s 5 things need to know about cotton. Continue reading
Here’s Part 2 of our New Year’s list with a little help from The Simpsons. If you missed Part 1 read 5 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Make For Your Food. Continue reading
This is the time of year when people decide on or announce what their New Year’s Resolutions will be. You may already have a few in mind but right now I’d like to suggest a few that center on your food- and no, none of these resolutions are “lose weight”.
As you decide what will do next year (even if you fall short) remember you can resolve to take action anytime of the year and setting specific goals with deadlines will help you get where you want to go. 2012 won’t be better for you than 2011 was just cause you want it to be. You have to plan and act on that plan if you want to make a difference. That said, here are my suggestions for what you can set as goals or resolve to do in 2012 with a little help from the Simpsons. Continue reading
When we Americans think of dingy factories where ten year olds toil for fifty cents a day, we think of places far from here. But we’d be wrong. The recent documentary The Harvest/La Cosecha by Enrique Lopetegui exposes child labor right here at home.
The Harvest/La Cosecha is produced by Shine Global, a non-profit, whose mission: is: “ending the abuse and exploitation of children worldwide through films that raise awareness, promote action and inspire political change.” Continue reading
Monsanto, the US agricultural biotechnology titan, is cooperating with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s probe into some of its questionable business practices.
The probe covers documents pertaining to the sale of its glyphosate products in fiscal year 2009 and 2010. Monsanto recently reported a 77% leap in net income which, can be attributed to its strong arming of core seeds and genetic traits business.
Monsanto has been offering $20 per acre to utilize Roundup and Round Up Ready seeds, a GMO (genetically modified organism) strain that is resistant to the herbicide.
Monsanto saw their new income grow in the third quarter rise to $680 million, shares leaped from 70 cents to $1.26.
President of Monsanto, Hugh Grant, said he is taking the investigation seriously. Grant also notes that the investigation is “focused on our customer incentives and it’s focused on the 2009-2010 time frame… we’re just starting document production and we are cooperating to our full ability.”
In addition to being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s probe, Monsanto is also under investigation by the US Department of Justice. The Department of Justice is reviewing the possibility of Monsanto violating anti-trust laws in regards to its monopoly over the genetically-engineered seed industry.
We’ve covered Monsanto before in these posts:
5 Things You Need To Know About Genetically Modified Foods Or You’ll Die Twice
VIDEO: The Genetically Modified Food On Your Plate And The Millions Against Monsanto Campaign
Haitian Farmers Vow To Burn Monsanto Hybrid Seeds Pt 1
Take Action in Solidarity With Haitian Farmers Who Vow to Burn Monsanto’s Seeds
The Environmental Protection Agency has introduced a searchable database for safe pesticides to get rid of bedbugs and practical steps to prevent infestation. Continue reading
New York City is experiencing a bedbug infestation epidemic that’s even threatening our public schools. I wondered what the environmental causes and costs of this would be. Here’s what I found. Continue reading