Media/News Archive

Neonic Insecticides Widespread In Iowa Waters – Study

Monday, July 28th, 2014

by Carey Gillam

A class of insecticides popular with corn and soybean farmers in the U.S. Midwest but feared as a factor in the decline of U.S. honey bee colonies and other crop pollinators, has been found to be widespread through rivers and streams in Iowa, according to a government study released on Thursday.

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The study, released by the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, marks the first broad-scale investigation of multiple neonicotinoid insecticides in waterways in the Midwestern U.S., and is one of the first conducted within the entire United States, according to the government scientists.

In the report, 79 water samples from across Iowa, the top U.S. corn-producing state, were collected during the 2013 growing season. Researchers said the use of neonicotinoid insecticides has grown in recent years, and they found them to be both “mobile and persistent” with “a strong pulse of neonicotinoids associated with crop planting” in streams. Read Full Article »

What the Starbucks?! Tell Starbucks to Serve Only Organic Milk From Cows Not Fed GMOs

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Green America’s campaign, GMOinside, launches a petition asking Starbucks to serve only certified organic milk. Sign here.


Starbucks. Easily one of the world’s most popular and widespread coffeehouse brands, Starbucks has paved the way for the modern mass coffeehouse industry with its promotion of its corporate social responsibility and consistently strong branding.

One area of improvement? Starbucks dairy milk.

While not genetically modified themselves, dairy products are not immune to the insidious impacts of GMOs. Cows living in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are fed a grain diet comprised almost entirely of genetically modified corn, soy, alfalfa, and cotton seed. These crops degrade the quality of our land and water, perpetuate corporate-controlled agriculture, and have potentially negative health impacts on livestock. Additionally, the overuse of antibiotics in industrialized farming is contributing to the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, putting us all at risk. Read Full Article »

Budding Organic/Specialty Meat Processor Shutdown in Conflict with Former Farming Town (Now Madison, WI Bedroom Community)

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Family-Scale Farmers, Consumers and Retailers Impacted Across State

The Sauk Prairie Eagle
by Rob Schultz

black earth meatsA dispute between Black Earth Meats and village of Black Earth officials that appears destined for a courtroom has forced the popular organic meat processing facility to close, its owner said Tuesday.

Black Earth Meats expects to close by the end of July after it lost its loan with the Bank of New Glarus following the Village Board’s decision last month to pursue legal action to stop the company’s operations at its present site rather than work with it to find a new facility site, owner Bartlett Durand said.

“This is a tragedy,” Durand said he told his employees.

The board made its decision after the growing company outlined four possible options to move the slaughter facility out of town as ordered by the board last December, Durand said. The facility had been labeled a public nuisance. Read Full Article »

Leaked Document Reveals US-EU Trade Agreement Threatens Public Health, Food Safety

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)

iatp.logoWASHINGTON D.C. – A draft chapter of the U.S-EU trade agreement leaked today by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) reveals public health and food safety could be at risk, according to an accompanying analysis. The leaked chapter concerns Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues—those surrounding food safety and animal and plant health—in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently being negotiated. Only TTIP negotiators and security cleared advisors, mostly corporate representatives, can read and comment on draft negotiating texts.

According to the IATP analysis accompanying release of the leaked document, “This leaked draft TTIP chapter doesn’t tell us everything about where negotiations are headed on food safety, but it tells us enough to raise serious concerns.” Read Full Article »

‘Organic’ Disappears From Some Menus

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Market research shows organic claims have dropped on restaurant menus, which may reflect the profusion of other claims in the food industry.

‘Green noise’ confuses consumers, research finds

Capital Press
By Mateusz Perkowski

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Restaurateurs are reducing organic claims on their menus in favor of claims related to geography, allergens and other features, according to market research.

The term “organic” remains the top ethical claim on restaurant menus but its usage has dropped 28 percent between 2010 and 2013, according to the Mintel market research firm.

Meanwhile, menus are more likely to contain claims like “gluten-free” that provide nutritional information or details about where products were grown, according to Mintel. Read Full Article »