|Hawaii's Big Island Bans Biotech Companies & GMO Crops|
Huffington Post - 11/19/2013. Large biotech companies like Syngenta, Monsanto, Pioneer, Dow and BASF have long been experimenting with GMO crops and seeds in Hawaii. They have farms on Oahu, Kauai and Molokai, but they've never operated on Hawaii's Big Island - and now they never will.
|Maine coffee roaster, chocolatier named Good Food Award finalists|
Bangor Daily News - 11/18/2013. By Kathleen Pierce - Tandem Coffee Roasters in Portland and Belfast’s Bixby & Co. are finalists in the fourth annual Good Food Awards. Announced today, the awards for outstanding American food producers is a coveted distinction in the craft and slow-food movement. The event is organized by the Seedling Project, a San Francisco-based group that promotes sustainable living through food.
|Poverty Grows in Many Counties Alongside Higher Farm Subsidies|
Environmental Working Group - 11/18/2013. By Mary Ellen Kustin and Soren Rundquist - Many counties where federal crop insurance subsidies rose between 2008 and 2012 also had an increase in poverty over that period, a finding that undermines the oft-repeated arguments that farm subsidies help reduce rural poverty, an Environmental Working Group analysis shows.
|State media tries to persuade Chinese public GMO food is safe|
South China Morning Post - 11/18/2013. Reuters in Beijing - China’s state media is working overtime to persuade the public that genetically modified food is safe, apparently softening up the population for a policy switch to allow the sale of such food to ensure its 1.35 billion people have enough to eat.