Articles from November 2010



A Sweet Deal for Tomato Workers: Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Florida Tomato Growers Exchange Reach Landmark Labor Agreement

Thanks!   One penny a pound might not seem like much of a raise, but when you pick a ton of tomatoes a day, as a Florida farm worker can, one penny represents a raise from $50 and $70, the difference between poverty and a livable (though still paltry) wage. And it doesn’t seem radical to suggest […]

Dirty Tricks: USDA Funds Big Ag’s Attacks on Environmental Working Group’s “Shoppers’ Guide to Pesticides”

The White House garden may be green and unsullied by agricultural chemicals, but Obama’s United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) just forked over$180,000 to fund an agribusiness-backed smear campaign against the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) “Shoppers Guide to Pesticides,” that includes the “Dirty Dozen,” a list of the foods most commonly found to have pesticide […]

Newsbites: Judge Rules GMO Sugar Beets Illegal; Trouble is Non-GMO Seeds Have Vanished. BPA May Soon be a Thing of the Past Thanks to Corporations, not Government Food Safety Bureaucrats. Big Ag Picks Up Its Marbles and Leaves Sustainability Discussions. Three Cheers! The USDA Gets Inorganic Hops out of “Organic’ Beer

The Sour Taste of Success Bye-Bye BPA? An Unsustainable Discussion Organic Hops: I’ll Raise a Mug to That The Sour Taste of Success Sugar beet farmers should have been more careful when they wished for a genetically modified future. Two years ago, after the United States Department of Agriculture gave its blessing—pre-maturely it turns out—to […]