Corporate AgroChemFood

Monsanto, Dow, DuPont, Other Corporations Have Spent Nearly $100,000 to Defeat Measure M, Sonoma Co. GMO Ban

Monsanto, Dow, DuPont, Bayer, Syngenta and other agrochemical companies have invested nearly $100,000 into the campaign to defeat measure M, a proposed ban on cultivating GMOs in Sonoma County on the November 8 ballot. Here’s a message about this development from Karen Hudson of Citizens for Healthy Farms and Families & the Yes on M…

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…

Farmers’ Organic Seed Group Dumps Organic Trade Assoc. Membership Over Monsanto-Backed GMO Bill

Press Release from the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association: ORGANIC FARMER GROUP Dumps ORGANIC TRADE ASSOCIATION OSGATA Cites Betrayal Over Monsanto-Backed GMO LABELING BILL Washington, ME, July 13, 2016   By a unanimous vote of its Board of Directors, the organic farmer-controlled Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) has withdrawn its membership from…

Greening the Revolution – Watch the Complete Film

A high-definition documentary explores the far-reaching effects of international food injustice, from world hunger to the consumption of industrial food. Using food as a symbol of inequality, we explain and expose the corrupt cycle of globalization that perpetuates systems of poverty and oppressive social control. We then present hope: successful, sustainable communities achieving food justice and freedom through the power of the people.

Filmed in India, Kenya, Zambia, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti and the United States.

www.greeningtherevolution.org

 

Mr. Seed: New Short Film Cleans Up Big Ag’s Steaming Pile of Bullshit

Seed Matters, a five-year-long initiative of the Clif Bar Family Foundation, today launched “Mr. Seed,” a provocative, animated short film with a clear message: our food production system has been hijacked by the big agrichemical companies and organic farming is a key to taking it back. The film makes the case for organic seed and…

Tell the Department of Labor: Stand up for Poultry Workers – Credo

From Credo Action: Imagine spending your entire day in a room kept near freezing temperatures, standing for hours in pools of chicken blood, and unable to move from your spot to wash your hands, stretch, or rest. Imagine wearing diapers to work, and restricting how much you eat and drink because you often aren’t allowed…

Poultry Industry Gathering on Sustainability Fails to Invite the Experts

This piece originally appeared at Food Safety News. Poultry industry sustainability workshop excludes everyone who matters to sustainability by Leah Garces, Compassion in World Farming USA Director This week, the US. Poultry & Egg Association, the National Chicken Council, and the National Turkey Federation, will host a U.S. Poultry Industry Sustainability Workshop on May 24th and…

Under Contract – Official Trailer (2016)

Published on Apr 12, 2016

From the filmmakers:

Chicken is America’s favorite meat, generating more than $30 billion a year in revenue. Who benefits from this multi-billion dollar industry?

–Not the farmers raising the chickens. Not the workers in the processing plants. And certainly not the chickens.

Ninety-seven percent of the chicken produced in the US is raised by family-operated farms that have contracts with large, vertically-integrated companies. While the companies own the chickens, the farmers own the costly production facilities, which places them in an extremely risky financial situation. Companies use complex contract clauses and payment mechanisms to control their own costs and outsource risks to poultry farmers. The companies benefit from a power imbalance: a farmer at risk of losing their family’s land is not likely to speak out.

Under Contract tells the stories of farmers who are caught up in the fine print and claims that the way we do agribusiness must change if we are to protect both farmers and our food supply from industry abuses.

The voices of farmers are not easily heard above the constant presence of marketing and advertising from corporations and the food service industry. Our goal is not only to hear farmers’ stories, but to amplify their voices and give everyone a chance to stand with farmers in their struggle for a fair food system.

Take a peak at the film website here.

View the Rural Advancement Foundation International page here.

Take Action
Tell the USDA to Stand Up to Corporate Agribusiness and Ensure Fairness for Farmers >>Sign the Petition

The USDA is responsible for protecting farmers. The Grain Inspectors, Packers, and Stockyards Administration, or GIPSA, has the authority to create rules to limit the potential abusive and opportunistic behaviors of major agribusiness corporations toward independent livestock farmers.In 2010, USDA and GIPSA drafted rules, which were put up for public comment. Thousands of farmers, consumers, and organizations all over the country submitted their comments.

But for the past four years, Congress has blocked the USDA’s action by inserting a “rider” in the federal appropriations budget that effectively prevented the USDA from protecting farmers.

In 2015, frustrated farmers and consumers came together and told their representatives to remove the “GIPSA rider.” The USDA now has the green light to follow through on their commitment.

The rules included:

– Prohibiting companies from retaliating against farmers for speaking against abusive contracting practices or for joining together in producer associations,

– Requiring companies to give farmers information about how their pay is calculated, if they ask for that information,

– Prohibiting companies from using contracts to block farmers’ legal rights to a jury trial; and,

– Clarifying that the law does NOT require farmers to prove “competitive injury” to the entire industry when they file a complaint or take legal action to prove that they have been personally harmed by an abusive practice by their poultry company.

Sign the petition. Stand up for small farmers who need to make a living in the face of increasing corporate consolidation and power in the poultry industry.