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…
Join us and sign author and activist David Swanson’s petition to the U.S. Army: Please allow us to visit your facilities and to conduct unimpeded inspections until we determine exactly where the unaccounted for $6.5 trillion ended up — the $6.5 trillion that you said in the report linked below you just can’t locate. We…
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…
- 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%.
– Visit farmersmarketcoalition.org for the source of the above data.
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…