Monthly Archives: August 2016

Despite Unprecedented Political, Financial & Corporate Support, Golden Rice Remains a Failure 20 Years Later

via Independent Science News: Millions Spent, No One Served: Who Is to Blame for the Failure of GMO Golden Rice? August 10, 2016  by Angelika Hilbeck and Hans Herren The recent Nobel laureates’ letter accusing Greenpeace of a “crime against humanity” for opposing genetically modified (GMO) golden rice reveals a deep division not only between…

Weary of the Developer-Friendly Status Quo in Petaluma? Your Deadline to Run for the City Council Has Arrived

Will three Petaluma City Councilmembers be running for re-election unopposed? That’s the big question of the day, as the deadline to file paperwork to run for City Council is tomorrow, Friday, August 12 at 5 pm. City Clerk Claire Cooper informed RR that several people have requested the necessary paperwork to declare their candidacy, but…

Farmers Markets Increase Access to Nutritious Food


  • The number of farmers markets accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits has increased 40% on average every year since 2009. With affordable prices and special programs for low-income people, markets are expanding access to fresh, nutritious food.
  • In 2014, over 5,000 markets and farmers accepted SNAP benefits. Some states that help farmers accept SNAP saw a ten-fold increase in the number of markets accepting SNAP between 2009 and 2014.
  • The amount of SNAP benefits redeemed at farmers markets increased nearly 450% from 2009 ($4.2 million) to 2014 ($18.8 million).
  • In 2014, 42 farmers markets in Washington, D.C. accepted EBT and credit/debit cards, up from 7 in 2010.
  • From 2008-2013, the number of vulnerable seniors visiting the Crescent City Farmers Market increased by 501%.
  • More than 1.5 million WIC participants and 835,795 low-income seniors bought fresh produce directly from farmers in 2013 through the WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs.
  • Of 216 shoppers surveyed at the Janesville, Wisconsin Farmers Market in 2012, 98% said they would eat more fruits and vegetables as a result of their SNAP benefits and 30% said that they had not shopped at the market before SNAP benefits were accepted.
  • In 2012, New York City farmers markets distributed over $280,000 in Health Bucks, a health incentive coupon, to SNAP participants. Nearly three-quarters of Health Bucks users reported that the coupons made them more likely to buy fresh produce.
  • A 2011 study of southeast and Appalachia markets found that in 74% of communities, conventional farmers market produce was less expensive than supermarket produce, on average by 22%.

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Time to Pardon Ethel Rosenberg – by Filmmaker John Sayles

John Sayles, the independent filmmaking genius behind Matewan, Eight Men Out, and Lone Star, posted this about Ethel Rosenberg recently. This is a historic injustice which President Barack Obama is uniquely well-positioned to at least partially correct with a presidential pardon. Grand jury testimony recently made public has now proven that Rosenberg’s brother lied on the…