Category Archives: Agriculture

To bee or not to bee

A friend of mine from advertising, Richard Tucker, now working as a freelance producer, sent me a funny email the other morning with a huge bee on it. The headline reads “If I Die You Die,” which in advertising generally means, “Duck, a blood bath is coming;” or perhaps it’s a metaphor for the world of people. Richard is a very clever fellow. Continue reading

Monsanto, the TPP, and global food dominance

“Control oil and you control nations,” said US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the 1970s. “Control food and you control the people.” Continue reading

Syria, Egypt reveal Erdogan’s ‘hidden agenda’

The eruption of the Syrian conflict early in 2011 heralded the demise of Turkey’s officially pronounced strategy of “Zero Problems with Neighbors,” but more importantly, it revealed a “hidden agenda” in Turkish foreign policy under the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Continue reading

What turkey producers won’t tell you

Thanks to humane scandals at Butterball, Aviagen Turkeys and House of Raeford, many are aware of the cruel handling in commercial turkey production. Fewer people are aware of the food additives and fast-growth methods that put both turkeys and the people who eat them at risk. Continue reading

What’s really in chicken products?

You don't want to know

Could there be anything worse for the chicken industry than this month’s outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that hospitalized 42 percent of everyone who got it—almost 300 in 18 states-? Yes. The government also announced that China has been cleared to process chickens for the US dinner plate and that all but one of arsenic compounds no one knew they were eating anyway have been removed from US poultry production. Thanks for that. Also this month, some food researchers have revealed the true recipe for chicken “nuggets” . . . just in time for Halloween. Continue reading

Egypt’s foreign relations on a tightrope

The internal crisis in Egypt has embroiled the country in its most critical foreign relations test since these relations were shaped by the U.S. sponsored Camp David accords and the peace treaty with Israel in 1979. Continue reading

The unsavory ways your meat and seafood is disinfected

The meat and seafood you buy probably looks and smells fine. But processors may be using unsavory drugs to retard bacterial growth and the drugs do not appear on the label. Continue reading

Sanitation, disease and humane concerns linked to US pork

You know things are bad in the pork industry when the whistleblowers aren’t animal rights activists but the government itself. In May, the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of the Inspector General exposed extreme sanitation and humane violations in 30 US swine slaughterhouses it visited and in records of 600 other US plants slaughtering pigs.[1] Continue reading

Fracking America’s food supply

Fracking—the process the oil and gas industry uses to extract fossil fuel as much as two miles below the ground—may directly impact the nation’s water supply, reduce water-based recreational and sports activity, and lead to an increase in the cost of food. Continue reading

Rutherford Institute calls on Virginia General Assembly to exempt homes and small farmers from onerous food production regulations

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.—John W. Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute, is calling on the General Assembly of Virginia to pass legislation put forth by Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter which would exempt homeowners and small farmers from onerous regulations and state inspections which inhibit their ability to produce food for their family, friends, and neighbors. Citing the frightening trend of small food producers having their livelihood threatened through the implementation of onerous regulations generally fit for large scale agricultural and food production operations, Whitehead is calling on the legislature to protect the basic human right to raise and produce food, and to exchange that food with others for valuable goods or currency. HB1839 is currently under review by the General Assembly’s Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources. Continue reading

What new 2,4-D-resistant crops mean—going backwards

On May 23, 2012, John Rowan, national president of Vietnam Veterans of America, sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting his “immediate assistance in staying de-regulation of Dow AgroSciences much ballyhooed 2,4-D-resistant corn seed until an environmental impact study can be conducted and its subsequent results evaluated by scientists who are not affiliated with Dow AgroScience.” Continue reading

Hunger is a ‘weapon of mass destruction,’ says Jean Ziegler

In his latest book “Mass Destruction—the Geopolitics of Hunger,” Jean Ziegler[1] talks about the current state of the world and the neoliberal politics of starvation of the poor, which has led to a crisis situation amounting to calculated murder. What we are witnessing today is the worst hunger crisis in human history is. And it is all because of human greed, colossal mismanagement for profit. Continue reading

Food for fuel, a sure way of creating a hunger crisis

Jean Ziegler, in his recently published book ‘Massive Destruction—the Geopolitics of Hunger’, is denouncing the brutal arms the neoliberal masters of the world are using in order to annihilate resistance to their senseless attempt to run the world as they see fit. Continue reading

Monsanto and the mortal danger to traditional agriculture

The greatest threat to the future of food production in the world is the introduction of genetically engineered foods from the bio-tech industry. Contrary to their mendacious propagandized promises of solving the problem of world hunger through the so-called second green revolution, the bio-tech companies are instead in the process of destroying the world’s ecosystems, and thus the natural food chains and life cycles. Their goal is certainly not to solve any problem at all, but instead to fill the corporate coffers with the profits from selling their dangerous products to countries with already high mortality rates from malnutrition and starvation. Continue reading