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Raj Patel: Food Sovereignty (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

2010-02-17-raj.jpg The author of The Value of Nothing explains what food sovereignty means, and why it is as much a fight for social and economic justice as it is a fight to protect the environment.

FDA Voices BPA Safety Concern In Reversal Of Bush-Era Stance: NYT Editorial

The New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

While waiting for the regulators to amass more conclusive evidence, wise consumers will try to avoid BPA....

Are You Eating In The Matrix?

Darya Pino, Ph.D | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Darya Pino, Ph.D

Unplugging from the industrial food Matrix does not need to happen all at once, but you can extract yourself from it eventually. The first step is starting to see it clearly.

E. Coli, Salmonella and Other Deadly Bacteria and Pathogens in Food: Factory Farms Are the Reason

Kathy Freston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kathy Freston

It seems that things have gotten out of hand in our food production, especially in the livestock sector. In Part 2 of this interview, we discuss E. coli, Salmonella and other worrisome pathogens.

Sam Kass: The White House Chef Digs All Things Locavore

nytimes.com | RACHEL L. SWARNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Still, proponents of sustainable farming and locally grown, organic foods are cheering Mr. Kass on. Dan Barber, the chef at Blue Hill in Greenwich Vil...

Flu Season: Factory Farming Could Cause A Catastrophic Pandemic

Kathy Freston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kathy Freston

So far, only thousands of people have died from swine flu. Unless we radically change the way chickens and pigs are raised for food, though, it may only be a matter of time before a catastrophic pandemic arises.

The Obama Administration and Food, Year One

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

A year after Obama's election, advocates hoping for deep improvements in our food system can point to only a few successes, while other policies that could lead to food insecurity are brewing in back rooms.

Obama's Chief Agricultural Negotiator Nominee a Pesticide Pusher

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

The Obama administration has chosen someone from an organization dedicated at all costs to chemical-based agriculture to represent our trade interests abroad.

Hip, Hip! Very Good (Food Policy) Fellow Visits White House Garden

Leslie Hatfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Leslie Hatfield

Today, Roger Doiron presents a compost-able list of signatures from people who supported his campaign to plant a White House edible garden, or wanted to thank the first family for their efforts.

The White House Garden: Michelle Obama Is The First Lady Of Food Policy (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Katherine Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The White House just released a new video about the kitchen garden as the second installment of their "Inside The White House" series. The video is no...

Seeing Through the Food Industry's "Personal Responsibility" Smoke Screen

Rob Smart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Smart

"Personal responsibility" is used as a smoke screen to cover the tracks of industrial food, tracks that run roughshod over the mirage of choice and personal responsibility.

African Food Security? USAID Has Used Taxpayer Money to Fund GMOs Abroad Since 1991

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

Africans can look to India to see what a future of relying on biotech seeds looks like. There, a depleted water table, poisoned waterways and farmer suicides have been the result of the first Green Revolution.

Food Companies Fight Soda Tax Proposal Despite Staggering Obesity Epidemic (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Katherine Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held the first ever conference on obesity titled "The Weight Of The Nation." Obesity i...

Healthcare and Food Policy: Part of the Same Conversation

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

The critics of single-payer are either paid to tell you this, or are brainwashed by the multi-million dollar lobbying and advertising paid for by insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry.

Racing Toward a Roundup-Ready Food Future

Nancy Scola | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Nancy Scola

What's clear from the new USDA numbers is how quickly the U.S. food supply is changing, whether we eaters like it or not.

All That Glitters Is Not Gold: Biotechnology Has Failed Us, So Why Promote It Abroad?

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

Groups like the Gates Foundation are trying to renew the idea of creating a "Green Revolution for Africa," using many of the same methods that have been so bad for India.

Food, Inc. Gets Rave Reviews, Big Ag Shudders

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

Today, Food, Inc. debuts: it is certainly not a film to miss. Big Ag realizes that the tide is turning on the corporate control of our food system, and that their message is in jeopardy.

The Obamas in the First 100 Days: "B-" on Agriculture Policy

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

When Michelle Obama put a vegetable garden on the White House lawn, I couldn't help but wonder if it would be the most powerful "soft" policy position on food this presidency could take in the first 100 days.

Are Contrarians Helping or Hurting the Food Movement? Pork Op-Ed in NYT a Shill for Big Ag

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

It seems that the New York Times, in its desperation to sell papers, fell into the trap of story building over truth-finding.

Change We Can Believe In: Obama's Food Agenda

Steve Ettlinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steve Ettlinger

Let's take inspiration from the public's interest in the food details on the inaugural web page and the hoopla around the new gardens and build on the momentum. Food policy is a change we can believe in.

The Battle Over Sliced Apples: New York Senators Gillibrand and Aubertine Take Secretary Vilsack to Task on School Food

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

No, Gillibrand and Aubertine aren't lobbying for the Corn Refiners Association -- they are pushing for local food.

Top Chefs Pushing Obama To Improve Food Policy

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Visiting one of his favorite Chicago restaurants in November, Barack Obama was asked by an excited waitress if he wanted the restau...

What a New 'New Deal' Should and Should not Include for Agriculture and Rural America

Thomas Dobbs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas Dobbs

In building 'green' infrastructure, Obama should abandon the misguided federal mandates and subsidies for ethanol and focus on infrastructure for renewable energy sources.

The U.S. Farm Bill & the Global Food Crisis

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Terra Lawson-Remer

U.S. food "aid" is more a vehicle to dump excess U.S. production than a benefit for hungry populations.