WARNING: Most of today’s stories involve infuriating government and giant agribusiness over-reach. If you don’t want to be upset, stop reading now.
If, on the other hand, you want to get motivated to keep fighting the good fight for a sustainable, just, and humane food supply, please keep reading.
“Sanitizing American agriculture, aside from being impossible, is foolhardy,” says Michael Pollan in last week’s San Francisco Chronicle story about the latest craze in food safety reform. Amen!
Twilight Earth has posted a copy of the full feature-length documentary The World According to Monsanto. WOW. It is perhaps the most in-depth look at Monsanto’s domination of the world food supply (and their ever-increasing political power) that I’ve ever encountered. A must see!
Augie at the Journal of Whole Food and Nutritional Health shared a breaking news story from an Ohio Farmers’ Market in which the state issued citations to ten vendors for so-called violations like washing the greens before selling them. According to the state, “washing” vegetables before selling them counts as “processing” them — something you need a hundred thousand dollar USDA approved facility to do. Yes, inspectors actually said “the greens must be sold dirty.”
And lastly, Zachary Cohen at Farm to Table asked an incredibly provocative question on his blog this week: “What is Humane?” You may be surprised by his post as well as many of the comments!