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Food Fight is a documentary by Chris Taylor in association with November Films.

This film is a must see for anyone looking at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century, and how the California food movement has created a counter revolution against big agribusiness.

See interviews with Will and Erika Allen of Growing Power----- Growing Farmers! These are two of the most influential leaders of the food security, and urban farming movement.

http://www.foodfightthedoc.com/

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Comment by Ellen on December 1, 2010 at 1:41am
The color of food......a series by Natasha Bowens and her experiences searching for black and Latino farmers in the sustainable food movement.

On the same day black farmers gathered in Brooklyn for the first annual Black Farmers Conference, the Senate finally voted to award $4.5 billion in damages to African American and Native American farmers for discrimination. The long-awaited settlement funding -- three decades in the making -- was an outgrowth of the Pigford vs. Glickman class action suit over how processing times for loans to black farmers from a long-ago U.S. subsidy program had far exceeded those for white farmers.

Nice coincidence. But as attendees of this conference know, there's still a long road ahead to end discrimination, and to fight for land and the right to grow healthy food.

Two of the most prominent black leaders in the food movement, Karen Washington of New York City (NYC's
food justice movement), and Will Allen of Growing Power in Milwaukee, Wisc. opened the conference.

Gary Grant, president of the Black Farmers and Agriculturists Assoc. had this to say....'"You can talk about urban gardening and food justice all you want, but it's not going to happen if the USDA is supposed to be the People's Department [which is what Abraham Lincoln called it]. We have to take the department back for the people."


http://www.grist.org/article/2010-11-30-notes-from-the-first-annual...
Comment by Leah DiMaria on November 12, 2010 at 11:45am
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/728/387/529/?z00m=19906864
petition to stop genetically Engineered salmon...

FDA Caught Hiding The Truth About GMO Salmon blog;
http://www.care2.com/causes/real-food/blog/fda-caught-hiding-gmo-sa...
Comment by Ellen on November 10, 2010 at 6:10pm
Food Fight, FSMA: Do we really have a food-safety crisis?

We asked our participants whether in fact the United States is in the midst of a "food-safety crisis" -- that is, is the Food Safety Modernization Act legislation vitally necessary?

Tom Philpott, Grist senior food writer: To kick things off. Absolutely. The crisis has three facets -- each of which must be addressed if we want to quell the endless stream of spectacular outbreaks:

http://www.grist.org/article/food-2010-11-09-do-we-really-have-a-fo...
Comment by Ellen on October 20, 2010 at 10:42am
Another something else sprayed on our food! I did not know!

MSG as Crop Spray?????????

A synthetic product disinfectant, fertilizer, fungicide, growth regulator - for increased yield and prevention of powdery mildew in various crops such as almonds, grapes, and melons. They also asked to add cole crops (including broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, collards, turnips, rutabaga, mustard, watercress, and kohlrabi) to the list of crops approved for AuxiGro use.



EPA approved a crop spray called Auxigro, which contains 29.2% pharmaceutical grade glutamic acid (MSG), for use on crops in the US . This is despite the fact that the FDA in 1995 proposed that free glutamic acid be labeled due to its potentially deadly affect on individuals with asthma.

http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-PEST/1997/October/Day-29/p28664.htm

http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-PEST/1997/September/Day-05/p23629.htm

Note also in the EPA's links above

"The Agency is not requiring information on the endocrine effects on these compounds at this time."

And also....

"Waivers have been requested for acute toxicity, genotoxicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity, subchronic toxicity, chronic toxicity, and acute toxicity to nontarget species based on GABA's ubiquity in nature, use as a pharmaceutical agent, favorable toxicological profile in chronic and other toxicology studies, and inconsequential exposure resulting from label-directed uses."

Those waivers were granted.

UPDATE: Apparently, Auxigro use was quietly stopped recently.

Leah......this will interest you greatly about the bees.....

We believe that the reason is: it may have been responsible for Colony Collapse Disorder that has resulted been devastating bee hives in the US. Our theory is simply this: Bees use pheromones - chemical signals affect nearly all of their most important behaviors. The one we suspect that is involved here is o-aminoacetophenone. This particular pheromone is NATURALLY released by the Queen and repels the workers when she feels threatened. Unfortunately, this compound is found in fermented dairy products as well. Unfortunately, because dairy is high in MSG - casein was chosen as the food item used to MAKE Auxigro. It contains hydrolysed casein. We suspect since this is agricultural use - that there are probably traces of o-aminoacetophenone still present in Auxigro. Basically spraying this stuff from airplanes has blanketed the country with the very pheromone that tells bees to abandon the queen. Not very bright if you ask us. ........note they say this is a theory, open for debate.

Shortly after the use of Auxigro was stopped, there have been new reports that bee hives are starting to increase again. Coincidence? We think not.........go beeeeeeezzzzzzzz!!!!!

http://www.msgtruth.org/cropspra.htm
http://www.truthinlabeling.org/msgsprayed.html
Comment by Ellen on October 17, 2010 at 7:16pm
October 17, 2010...12:49 pm
Organic farmer runs for Agriculture Secretary in Iowa — new hope for people who want to eat real food

http://thebovine.wordpress.com/2010/10/17/organic-farmer-runs-for-i...
Comment by Ellen on October 12, 2010 at 5:48pm
BUY NON-GMO!

Eliminate GMOs from your diet.

Use the Non-GMO Shopping Guide to help you find and avoid GMO foods and ingredients

Combine your purchasing power with that
of other health-conscious consumers.

GET THE FACTS
Yes, you are eating them....

No, they are not safe.

Why isn't the FDA protecting us?

Join the Campaign NOW!

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/
Comment by Ellen on October 12, 2010 at 9:12am
A good chart of cheeses that are rbGH free, use the one at the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility site: http://www.psr.org/chapters/oregon/assets/pdfs/r-bgh-free-cheese-ch... For rbGH free dairy products in the Pacific northwest, usehttp://www.psr.org/chapters/oregon/assets/pdfs/consumers-guide-to-rbgh.pdf
Comment by Ellen on October 12, 2010 at 8:57am
Court rules rBGH-free milk *is* better than the kind produced with artificial hormones. Now what?

The United States is the only developed nation to allow people to drink milk from cows given artificial growth hormone. All 27 countries of the European Union, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada have banned its use in milk destined for human consumption. [Update: Brazil does allow it.] In 2007, Monsanto, which created and manufactured Posilac, the most popular form of rBST, began encouraging its dairy-farmer customers to protest their rBGH-free competitors' labeling. Campaigns to restrict rBGH-free labeling were launched in 14 states, as this Ethicurean satire chronicled, but only Ohio passed the effort. In October 2008, Monsanto saw the writing on the dairy wall and dumped Posilac on Eli Lilly.

http://www.grist.org/article/food-2010-10-06-court-rules-on-rbgh-fr...

Levels of cancer-causing hormone IGF-1 are significantly higher in rbGH(rbST)-treated cows also. I do not drink milk anymore, but I eat way to much non-organic cheeeeeeeeeze.........

This lawsuit was filed by the Organic Trade Association and the International Dairy Foods Association.

They lost the initial court battle but won on appeal.


http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2010/10/01/business-financial-impact...
Comment by Ellen on October 7, 2010 at 9:18am
This is what U.S. farmers are feeding the world??????, courtesy of greedy Monsanto.

Rajiv Shah, Obama's head of USAID, worked for USDA, is connected to Monsanto and the spread of GMOs and has connection with the defunct Prodigene and their pharm-seeds and may be promoting the interests of Monsanto and Prodigene as USAID's head. Monsanto has given corn seeds to Black Haiti under USAD's Rajiv Shah reign, his connections to Monsanto and Prodigene, spermicidal-corn is relevant to know. Also relevant to know, in light of US food aid and US food dumping in Haiti and especially in light of Monsanto's gift of corn and other hybrid seeds to Haiti is the connection of US corn in Black Africa to increased HIV rate. That US corn consumption is now being linked to HIV infection rates in Black Africa.

http://www.the3report.com/index.php/blog/hiv_infected_corn_genocide...
Comment by Ellen on October 5, 2010 at 7:00pm
In Kenya, Farmers Grow Their Own Way
Thousands of grassroots, African-led efforts are building locally rooted alternatives to the chemical agriculture promoted by the Gates Foundation and Monsanto

This after most farmers had followed the advice of outsiders (mostly large-scale foreign NGOs) who told them that yields would increase if they purchased special seeds rather than saving their own and applied chemicals to their crops. But the women soon learned the long-term consequences of these methods. When the rains stopped, crops didn't produce well and debts mounted. Stripped from years of chemical use, the soil couldn’t retain what little moisture was left, nor was there enough water to dissolve the chemicals. Yields declined and farmers could no longer afford the inputs—chemical fertilizers, genetically engineered seeds, pesticides—that they believed were necessary to cultivate their land. Farmers became poorer and hungrier.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/10/05-7

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