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Seven Myths About GMOs Debunked 26.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Myth 1: GMOs are an "invention" of corporations, and therefore can be patented and owned. Living organisms, including seeds, thus become the "intellectual property" of the GMO industry. Using these property rights, corporations can forcibly prevent farmers from saving and sharing seeds. Farmers harvest crops in Chennai, India. Corporations that produce GMOs are not interested in a free market; they are interested in creating a monopoly over GMOs. (Photo: Vinoth Chandar ; Edited: LW / TO) A global battle is being fought over the future of the world's food. Hear from the women on the front lines in Seed Sovereignty, Food Security: Women in the Vanguard of the Fight Against GMOs and Corporate Agriculture. These seed keepers, food producers, scientists, activists and scholars are committed to building a food system that is better aligned with ecological processes, human health and justice for all. Order this amazing book by donating to Truthout today! The following is excerpted from Vandana Shiva's foreword ...
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Small Farmers Are Foundation to Food Security, Not Corporations Like Monsanto 23.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Vandana Shiva

May 22 has been declared International Biodiversity Day by the United Nations. It gives us an opportunity to become aware of the rich biodiversity that has been evolved by our farmers as co-creators with nature. It also provides an opportunity to acknowledge the threats to our biodiversity and our rights from IPR monopolies and monocultures.

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"The Power of Pulses: Saving the World with Peas, Beans, Chickpeas, Favas & Lentils" 23.5.2016 TreeHugger
This engaging and informative guide will teach you how to cultivate and eat pulses, and why this is beneficial for everyone, including the planet.
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House GOP Is Determined To Make It Harder For Poor Kids To Get Free School Lunches 19.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
House Republicans appear determined to advance an aggressive rollback of a program credited with helping low-income children get free school lunches. The Committee on Education and the Workforce on Wednesday advanced a child nutrition reauthorization bill introduced by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Indiana) to the House floor. The committee approved the legislation along party lines, 20-14, with Rep. Dave Brad (R-Virginia) the only Republican to join Democrats opposing it. The legislation, called the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016 , has been widely panned by nutrition and hunger groups, which say it would reverse 2010 improvements to the national school lunch program. A letter opposing the bill released this week by the Center for Science in the Public Interest was signed by more than 750 local, state and national groups. Criticisms have centered on proposed changes to the community eligibility provision , which currently allows high-poverty school districts, with 40 percent or more of their ...
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Sowing the Seeds of Africa's Success 19.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Africa's transformation lies in the continent's rich soil. If we protect the ecosystems that sustain us we can lift Africans out of poverty, achieve food security, build climate resilience, create wealth and end hunger THERE is an old Nigerian proverb that says "fine words do not produce food". So I will keep my words as simple and clear as possible. Africa is facing a harsh reality. One in every two people on the continent lives in extreme poverty. In 15 years, most of the world's poor will reside here in Africa. Sadly, as I write, about 240 million people go to bed hungry every night while malnutrition kills more than 50% of the African children who die before they reach the age of five. These stark statistics are hard to grapple with. But imagine for a moment the pain of a mother who cannot feed her new-born daughter with the proper food she needs to live beyond the age of five. Imagine the mother who toils all day in the field but still goes to bed with a stomach aching from hunger because she cannot ...
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New Scientific Discovery Could Be Key To Tackling Poverty And Hunger 18.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Science just came through in a big way for small farmers in developing countries. Researchers from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have found a way to boost crop yields from maize, according to a release from the lab. By altering a gene mutation that controls stem cell growth, they were able to increase the number of kernels produced by individual ears of maize by almost half.  This discovery could make a huge difference to help tackle the global challenge of feeding a growing world population. What's more, it could help small-scale farmers in the developing world to produce more food on small amounts of land. “There’s great concern that we won’t be able to feed everybody in the coming years,” lead researcher David Jackson told Bioscience Technology . “I think that by producing higher yields, we can not only guarantee to feed the growing population, but also to hopefully [...] improve sustainability, and be required to use less land for agriculture.” An estimated 2.5 billion people  are involved full- or ...
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GMOs Ruled Safe To Eat, But They Aren't Solving World Hunger 18.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Genetically modified crops are as safe to eat as their conventional counterparts and have not been proven to negatively impact the environment, according to a highly anticipated report . However, the study finds the controversial technology has not, as proponents have claimed, increased the rate of crop yields and has resulted in insect and weed resistance that has become a "major agricultural problem." So if you're looking for something that might settle the debate over genetically engineered crops once and for all, keep looking. "A major sort of message from our report is that it's not possible to make sweeping generalizations about the benefits and the risks of all GE crops," said North Carolina State University entomology professor  Fred Gould , chair of the 20-person committee behind the study, during a presentation Tuesday. The report offers " a little something for everyone " -- from the most avid supporters to the harshest critics, according to the Chicago Tribune.  Unsurprisingly, each side was ...
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Dear Walmart Woman 13.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
I just saw the video of you berating a man on food assistance. Have to tell you, I prefer it when bunnies or puppies go viral, but oh well. I guess sometimes it has to be bitter and rude people. While watching, three thoughts popped into my noggin: Of course he's paying with food stamps. He's at Walmart. (Sorry, the stand-up-comic in me always comes out first, and, well, truth be told Walmart owns 18% of the food stamp market. While Coke & Pepsi fight for fractions of a business percentage, Walmart has the food stamp crowd in the palm of their corporate hand.) Lady, you're shopping at Walmart. How is your unique brand of white trash any better than anyone else's? (Again, snotty, but come on. There's a reason there's a website called "People of Walmart" and not "People of Target.") I have seen people using food assistance before, and it never once crossed my mind to belittle them. In fact, the only thought I've ever had is: There but for the grace of God, go I. The last thought lingers, because it isn't a ...
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U.S. Can’t Force-Feed Hunger-Striking Immigrant Detainee Yet, Judge Says 11.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Immigration authorities tried unsuccessfully on Tuesday to get permission to force-feed a man on a 3-week hunger strike at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia. In a case that once again shines a spotlight on the isolated facility where a major protest broke out in September , a federal judge denied immigration authorities’ request to restrain Alaa Ismail Yasin and feed him intravenously or through a nasal tube. Contending that he qualifies for release, the 27-year-old Palestinian began refusing food on April 17 and says he won’t eat again until Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials let him go. ICE, in turn, says that if Yasin were to die as a result of the hunger strike, authorities would lose control of the detention center. U.S. District Court Judge Leslie Abrams' decision does allow ICE to take blood and urine samples from Yasin to monitor his health, even if he refuses to give consent.   Yasin risks death if he continues to refuse food, according to a court declaration filed ...
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Republicans In Congress Want To Cut Free Lunches For Poor Kids; Don’t Let Them 7.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Jeff Bryant

Conservative lawmakers are well known for wanting to cut funding to public education. But just remember, every time they take a swing at public school budgets, they hit poor kids.

The newest blow aimed at public schools will hit low-income students in the stomach, literally.

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Stealing Small Amounts Of Food When In Desperate Need Is Not A Crime, Rules Italy's Highest Court 4.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Stealing is not a crime , ruled Italy’s highest court this week -- when small amounts of food are taken in desperate need. The ruling was in the case a homeless man named Roman Ostriakov, who in 2011 was caught stealing a sausage and some cheese from a Genoa supermarket. Ostriakov had hidden the goods, worth about $4.50, under his jacket as he paid for breadsticks. He was arrested after a customer informed the store’s security of the theft; and in 2013, he was convicted and sentenced to six months in jail. This week, however, the Supreme Court of Cassation overturned Ostriakov’s theft conviction , ruling that stealing small amounts of food to stave off hunger is not a crime. The case has drawn comparisons to the story of Jean Valjean, the protagonist of Victor Hugo’s “Les Misérables.” “The condition of the defendant, and the circumstances in which the seizure of merchandise took place, prove that he took possession of that small amount of food in the face of an immediate and essential need for ...
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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Americans Waste Enough Food to End World Hunger, and More 3.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
In today's On the News segment: Americans waste enough food to end world hunger; in Florida, a new community is being designed to exist in harmony with the environment; air pollution affects more than just respiratory health; and more. TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here -- on the best of the rest of Science and Green News ... You need to know this ... While much of the mainstream media was focused on 2016 election cycle, Secretary of State John Kerry was making history with his granddaughter at the United Nations. Late last month, Secretary Kerry joined a gathering of the majority of the world's nations and signed on to the historic Paris climate accord. As of the end of April, more than 100 countries have officially signed on to the climate pact, but there is still much more work to be done to make the agreement official in the eyes of international law. To put the climate accord into force, at least 55 nations representing at least 55 percent of global carbon emissions must sign the pact and approve it ...
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Angry Woman In Walmart Throws A Fit Over Man Using Food Stamps 3.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Video posted on YouTube shows a woman at a Walmart store loudly berating a man who was paying for his groceries with food stamps.  As a child sits in the man's shopping cart looking on, the woman complains about how she is paying for his food  with her tax money.   NOTE: The description below, and video above, contains strong language.  "You know, I put in 50-60 hour weeks... trying to provide for my family," the man says, although some of his words are unclear. "You’re not providing for it, I am," the woman snaps back. "The government is." "You're not," the man says. "They take it out of my check," the woman says. "Bullshit they don’t." The man suggests she complain to her lawmaker or vote Republican.  "Oh, trust me, I am not a bleeding heart fucking liberal," the woman answers. The rest of the clip contains a similar back-and-forth, punctuated with expletives. Both appear to be shopping with children. "Deal with it, bitch," the man says at one point.  At another point, the woman claims the man must be ...
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Reducing food waste could help mitigate climate change 11.4.2016 Environmental News Network
About a tenth of overall global greenhouse-gas emissions from agriculture could be traced back to food waste by mid-century, a new study shows. A team from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research for the first time provides comprehensive food loss projections for countries around the world while also calculating the associated emissions. Currently, one third of global food production never finds its way onto our plates. This share will increase drastically, if emerging countries like China and India adopt Western nutrition lifestyles, the analyses shows. Reducing food waste would offer the chance to ensure food security, which is well known. Yet at the same time it could help mitigate dangerous climate change.
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Bill Clinton's Welfare Reform Law Is Kicking Up To 1 Million People Off Food Stamps 9.4.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As many as 1 million unemployed Americans are getting kicked off food stamps this year thanks to the welfare reform law Bill Clinton signed in 1996. States are in the process of imposing a three-month time limit on benefits for working-age adults who don't have children or jobs. Tens of thousands of Americans in nearly two dozen states reached the limit at the beginning of the month.  "These totally unnecessary cuts would increase demand on the nation's charitable food system at a time when food banks and other hunger-relief groups are stretched to meet sustained high need," Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America, a national nonprofit that supports food banks, said Friday .  Usually billed as a "work requirement," the limit on benefits was part of the landmark welfare reform law Clinton signed after campaigning for president on the promise to "end welfare as we know it." Clinton touted the law's benefits in response to protesters at an event on Thursday.  "They say the welfare reform bill increased poverty," ...
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Climate violence and the criminalization of hunger 8.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Earlier this week tragic events on the island of Mindao in the Philippines, served as a stark reminder of how climate change and poverty are visiting violence on peasant and indigenous communities across the globe. After record-breaking temperatures and a months-long drought resulted in massive crop failures, 6,000 desperate peasant farmers and supporters blocked a highway near Kidapawan City in Cotabato province, Their demand? 15,000 sacks of rice from the government disaster relief agency to ease the food crisis. After days of protest, instead of rice, Filipino police and army forces opened fire into the unarmed crowd, killing 10 and wounding over 100, with a further 87 reported missing. Over 40 protesters were arrested and charged . The country's most widely read newspaper, The Philippine Star, reported on the event as if it was more of public nuisance than a criminal act of extra-judicial execution. They insinuated there were links between the starving protestors and the New People's Army, the armed ...
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Amid Climate-Fueled Food Crisis, Filipino Forces Open Fire on Starving Farmers 4.4.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

Police and army forces shot at about 6,000 starving farmers and Lumad Indigenous people demonstrating for drought relief in the Philippines on Friday, ultimately killing 10. Observers characterized the security forces' action as "a strafing."

"The government's response to hunger is violence," said Zeph Rapollo, Southeast Asia campaign coordinator for 350.org, in an email to Common Dreams.

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What Bill Gates Isn't Telling You About GMOs 25.3.2016 Truthout.com
Some of the world's most powerful figures tout the benefits of GMOs, but what's the real story? Facts on the ground expose the PR spin, half truths and outright propaganda that has come to dominate a public conversation that is not so much about engineering genes, but engineering truth for the benefit of multinational corporations. Bill Gates. (Photo: OnInnovation ) Fight back against the spread of misinformation perpetuated by mainstream news. Help independent media thrive by making a donation to Truthout today! The food industry's fight to stop Vermont from labeling genetically engineered foods is  heading to the floor  of the US Senate. And the spotlight on labeling is underscoring the need for our country to have a more honest conversation about GMOs. Two recent videos illuminate the deep divide between the stories we hear from opponents and proponents of the controversial food technology. In the  first video , the Wall Street Journal's Rebecca Blumenstein interviewed Bill Gates about his views on ...
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Yes, We Need No GMO Bananas 17.3.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Another skirmish in the global battle over GMOs has broken out -- this time at Iowa State University. Recently, a coalition of students delivered a petition with 57,309 signatures to ISU's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences protesting an upcoming human feeding trial of genetically engineered (GE) bananas. The petition, addressed to the college and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was simultaneously delivered to by AGRA Watch to the Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle. If the experiment takes place, twelve female ISU students will be paid $900 each to eat the bananas in what is billed as one of the first human feeding trials of GE products. For some, the ISU GE banana study might be seen as a welcome change of direction. After all, the GE industry that has yet to carry out any epidemiological or regional ecological studies to assess GE's adverse impact on public health or the environment. (Essentially, we've all been part of one big, uncontrolled industrial experiment.) But this study ...
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Kasich a Champion for Hunger Relief 14.3.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The coming primaries will decide who the Republicans will nominate for President. They would be wise to look to someone who can tackle issues of great national and international importance like hunger. For America usually goes with the candidate who shows leadership in feeding the hungry. John Kasich has. Governor Kasich has been praised by the Ohio Association of Foodbanks as "a true champion for our emergency hunger relief efforts." When another governor, Franklin Roosevelt, was running for President in 1932 he had a strong record in New York of feeding the hungry. It was Roosevelt, in a speech in Buffalo before the election, who said, "It was the duty of the State to see to it that none of its citizens went hungry." Governor Roosevelt championed programs to help the poor and homeless. Franklin D. Roosevelt in his "Governor's chair" in Albany, New York. (Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum) The same held true for Roosevelt as president. When he made a campaign speech in Boston before ...
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