I am doing my happy dance. Vernon Hershberger, the Amish dairy farmer recently on trial in Wisconsin for providing raw milk to his community, was acquitted last week by a jury on three of the four charges against him. The state of Wisconsin charged Hersbherger with operating a farm store without a retail food establishment permit, operating a dairy farm without a milk producer license, operating a dairy plant facility without a license, and violating a hold order that the state’s department of agriculture placed on food on his farm during a 2010 raid. Hershberger was acquitted of the first three charges and found guilty of the fourth. His acquittal marks a huge step forward in the food rights movement because it upholds private contracts between individuals and counters overbearing government regulations.
Our nation’s bees are vanishing. Every winter for the last six years, more than a third of all bee colonies in the U.S. have simply … gone. Now the decimated bee population has finally reached critical mass. According to an industry wide survey, there will no longer be enough bees in the U.S. to pollinate our almond, avocado, blueberry, pear, plum, and apple crops this year. Yes, you read that right. Next year, these crops will fail — not because of poor weather, not because of a new blight ravaging the crops, but because of a lack of bees.
According to an internal memo leaked by Advertising Age, McDonald’s knows it’s unpopular with 19-30 year olds. And here I thought it was just us Real Foodies! Find out why they’re unpopular, as well as what McD’s plans to do about it, in this post.
Remember how your honey is likely fake? And your olive oil, too? Until recently, testing these fake foods for authenticity was a lengthy process requiring lots of laboratory work, so it was rarely done. Now a laser designed for use on Mars promises to make testing the authenticity of these foods a breeze. How, exactly, does this laser work? What are the implications for our food supply?
The latest drug to quickly dominate the feed lot cattle industry is called Zilmax. It’s a growth promotant, and beef lovers are worried it may make their steaks as tasteless as chicken. For good reason.
Yesterday morning, I woke up in an alternate universe. I know this because the subject line of an email in my inbox said, “Boycott Working!!! WalMart wants GMOs Labeled!” Yeah, right. Some well-intentioned reader was putting a spin on things. I opened the email and clicked on a link to this New York Times article. My jaw dropped. I think I heard it hit the floor. Could this be real? I think it is… Sometime after my happy dance, I had to ask myself why WalMart and Big Food would begin pushing for GMO labeling. The answer is not quite as happy.
Despite Tyson’s own regulations requiring new CAFO chicken houses be built farther than 1,500 ft away from other businesses, one of their subsidiaries built two new chicken houses within 500 ft of Tennessee’s oldest and largest organic farm, run by the famed Barefoot Farmer, Jeff Poppen. This has forced Poppen to shut down operations on this part of his farm and move his family out of their home of nearly 40 years.
A ten year ban on GMOs takes effect this week in Peru, a victory won by zealous farmers and other activists who want to protect Peru’s abundant biodiversity.
Dare to watch two short videos Monsanto doesn’t want you to see — one of which is uproariously funny (and maybe shouldn’t be!). Find out if you won last month’s giveaways for a $500 Gift Certificate to Vital Choice Seafood or the $275 in prizes from Ayala’s Herbal Water.
According to a nonpartisan national security organization of senior retired military leaders, one of the greatest threats the U.S. Military faces is … obesity. According to their recently published report, Still Too Fat To Fight, about 1 in 4 young American adults is “simply too overweight to join the military. Being overweight or obese is the number one medical reason why young adults cannot enlist. When weight problems are combined with poor education, criminal backgrounds and other disqualifiers, an estimated 75 percent of young Americans could not serve in the military if they wanted to.”