Photo by Wilson Ring/Associated Press. 

Food & Power Newsletter: Big Food Turns to Congress to Overturn State GMO Labeling Laws

Posted Chris Wager GMOs & Seeds, Leah Douglas, Miscellaneous, Newsletter

Photo by Wilson Ring/Associated Press. After months of debate, Congress in early July established a national standard for the labeling of foods that contain ingredients that have been genetically modified (GMOs). President Obama is expected to sign the bill, officially called the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. The new federal standard was strongly opposed by a […]

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Food & Power Newsletter: Perdue Says It Plans to Treat Its Chickens Better. But Who Will Pay?

Posted Chris Wager Chicken, Leah Douglas, Newsletter

Perdue, one of the four biggest chicken companies in the U.S., last week announced plans to improve quality of life for their chickens and to kill them more humanely. Although the plans have largely been seen as a step forward in animal welfare, three big questions remain: how much will it cost to meet these new standards, […]

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Food & Power Newsletter: Is an Organic Checkoff Supported By Farmers?

Posted Chris Wager Checkoff Programs, Leah Douglas, Newsletter, Organics

There’s a battle happening in organic farming, and it’s not about labeling or the setting of standards. In May, the Organic Trade Association submitted a revised proposal to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to impose a special tax on organic farming. Called a “checkoff,” this tax would apply to all organic farmers, handlers of organic […]

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Food & Power Newsletter: The Fight for Family Farming in North Dakota

Posted Chris Wager Dairy, Leah Douglas, Newsletter, Pork

On June 14, while electing their state representatives, the citizens of North Dakota will also decide whether to open their state to corporate agriculture or to uphold historical protections of family farming. The referendum is the result of widespread anger at a bill passed last March by the state legislature. Senate Bill 2351 overturned parts […]

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Food & Power Newsletter: A Closer Look at the Bayer-Monsanto Merger and the Seed Licensing ‘Cartel’

Posted Chris Wager GMOs & Seeds, Leah Douglas, Mergers & Acquisitions, Newsletter

Bayer’s $62 billion offer to buy Monsanto is the latest in a series of proposed mega-mergers in the seed and agrochemical sectors, following ChemChina’s planned takeover of Syngenta and Dow’s merger with DuPont. These deals have raised fears of higher prices, reduced crop biodiversity, and even greater obstacles to innovation in these industries. But below […]

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Food & Power Newsletter: The Battle for Nebraska: Communities Take On Industrial Chicken and Pork

Posted Chris Wager Chicken, Leah Douglas, Newsletter, Pork

“We need a moratorium here in Iowa. We’ve got too many factory farms.” That’s Adam Mason, state policy director with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. He’s not alone in his desire for dramatic action to be taken against the proliferation of factory farming in his state. Communities across the country are standing up against corporate, […]

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